I’ve just come across a site called California is a Place, which is a site comprised of short films documenting stories within California produced, directed, and shot by Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari.
Here is what they say:
California is loaded. From Disneyland to farmland, we’ve got Scientology and superstars, Silicon and silicone, crips and bloods. The border. Krunkin’ Clownin’ Jerkin’. The surf and the turf. The boom and the bust. California is humanity run amuck and then packaged, branded and sold. California Cuisine, California Love, California Casual, California Gold, California Girls, and of course, California Dreams. If it exists in the world, it exists here and it does so with pizzaz.
Obviously, we love this stuff. That’s why we’re doing this project. Simply put, California is sensational. And the closer we look the better it gets: words and images, stories and songs, opinions and ideas. This project is ongoing. We hope you like what you see and say so. We plan to post often. So until that day, when we finally float off into the Pacific, California is a place. Stay tuned.
So far there are only 4 edits up, but I got sucked into each one and can’t wait for more. I’ve embedded “Borderland”, which is kind of hard and sad, but it’s a good view into how some people deal with border issues in the southwest. Each film also has photos that go along with each one, so make sure you click “photos” to check those out too. Total package right there.