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“Dear Los Angeles”
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When events were cancelled in March, The Kollection team was left with a blank slate for 2020.
After much consideration, we landed on a concept for a short film that would play on the silence that swept over Los Angeles in March using guerrilla projection mapping. As the silence in question was broken by Angelenos taking to the streets to stand against racial injustice and fight for our city’s future (Jackie Lacey had to go), The Kollection set out to craft a script that captured the fluctuating hope felt in the city this year with one of Los Angeles rap’s most iconic voices, Curtis “Spider Loc” Williams.
“Dear Los Angeles” is a tribute to the City of Angels that weaves together projection mapping by Nate Mohler, the co-write and narration by LA rap legend Spider Loc, and an original score by Austin Brown of Hablot Brown to encapsulate the city’s ever-changing identity in 2020. When the city was put on pause in March due to COVID- 19, we saw an opportunity to capture the momentary standstill. With the rise of the BLM movement during the summer, the project expanded to represent the life that was breathed back into the city.
This production could not have been possible without the unrequited dedication to this project from our team– Emma Stehli (Producer), Brad Virshup (Director of Photography), and Nate Mohler (Projector/Location Specialist) worked with The Kollection through Fall to capture footage after dark across LA’s 88 municipalities under the guidance of The K’s lead editor, Lila B.