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Los Angeles for Beginners

Posted June 01, 2011 to photo album "Los Angeles for Beginners"

Beginners not only writes a poignant postcard to contemporary Los Angeles, but maps out a personal landscape for writer/director Mike Mills.

Los Angeles According to Mike Mills
Richard Neutra Lovell Health House
Biltmore Hotel, 506 S Grand Ave
Elysian Park
Los Angeles County Art Museum (LAMCA), 5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Glendale Narrows
Tacos Arizas, Sunset and Logan
Cosmopolitan Book Shop, 7017 Melrose Ave
Billboard, Alvarado and Sunset
Glendale Narrows

Glendale Narrows

To me the river is the heart of any city, but people don’t think that LA has a river. But my great friend Jay Babcock, who did Arthur magazine, showed me how you walk over the 5 Freeway and right there is the Glendale Narrows. Most of LA River is paved but that part, the bottom isn’t paved, and it has become this accidental wildlife corridor. The day that we shot there, there were all these Canadian Geese just hanging out. It was really important for me to show that that is LA’s nature, that’s LA’s river, that’s our watershed. It’s a very important and real geographic place.