The following is a sponsored collaboration between We Like L.A. & AT&T.
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Well, another AFI Fest is in the books.
Thanks to the folks at AT&T, who are now in their 8th year of sponsoring AFI Fest, we were able to attend a couple nights of festival events this year, and our time spent couldn’t have been better.
Our introduction to the festival started with the DIRECTV Cocktail Party at Teddy’s this past Monday where we were treated to a DJ set by KCRW’s own Jason Bentley. And since we got there right when doors opened the first few minutes it was almost as if Jason was performing a set just for us. As loyal listeners of Morning Becomes Eclectic, this was awesome!
The following evening we were invited to the Gala screening of La La Land, with all the bells and whistles of a red carpet premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre (obligatory red carpet selfie below).
One of the privileges of writing this blog is that we get to try / explore / uncover so many different aspects of L.A., and the movie we saw this past Tuesday was extraordinary in how it called back to countless experiences we’ve had over the past three years.
However you rate La La Land (and we thought it was an excellent film filled with inspired music), the movie does an extraordinary service in showcasing the diversity of culture available in Los Angeles. From Chinatown to the Venice Pier, the Observatory to Grand Central Market to Angel’s Flights Railway (made operational in this fictional L.A. universe), the film goes to lengths to spotlight the curves and edges that make our city unique.
La La Land is at its core a film about dreams, both in the personal struggle and sacrifice of the two leads to acheive their dreams, as well as the optimistic portrayal of Los Angeles as a place where any dream is possible. Without spoiling too much, we’ll just say that the film itself feels like genuine love letter to the city of angels, and it’s one we couldn’t have been happier to read.
In any case, this is all sufficed to say that we truly enjoyed ourselves during our brief time at AFI Fest 2016.
Thanks for that.
Hope to be back next year!
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