We strive to showcase current Los Angeles artists and tastemakers here at Los Angeles, I’m Yours. And, if we’ve learned anything in our first month, it is that people in Los Angeles feel that it is time to hear Angelenos’ stories as this city is where a lot of the world’s culture is coming from. We as a city want to give voices to the people and places in this city who are making waves, hence why you have shows like Pacific Standard Time. Another great local institution to add to the mix is I Am Los Angeles, a collective who are creating video portraits of Angelenos.
The project was started by Joris Debeij, a European filmmaker/storyteller living in Los Angeles. For the past ten months, he has been creating these video portraits of people and places and happenings in the city, spanning from the Southside to the Eastside to the Westside to The Valley: he is leaving no stone left unturned. As he states on the site, I Am Los Angeles is about the city by the persons in the city–“I Am Los Angeles is a collection of first-hand experiences and stories from the personalities of Los Angeles – past and present.”
Below are a few of the most recent videos, which feature young skateboarder from Inglewood Theotis Beasley, Eastsider and photographer Gregory Bojorquez, El Centro activist Ernesto Yerena, and muralists El Mac and RETNA. The videos run about five minutes each and are very, very well put together, with great, original music by The Pilots. For more on them, follow them on their Facebook and Twitter.