Seeking a Renaissance in San Francisco
You might remember that I introduced filmmakers Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari’s mini documentaries in a post titled, ‘Scrapertown‘. The post featured their film on the Scraper Bike Phenomenon. I’ve been visiting Cooper and Canepari’s website every so often to see new films and mini documentaries they have produced and I always leave their site learning something new. Not only do they film interesting subjects, but their videography and perspectives are really striking!
Cooper and Canepari’s project, California is a Place, features stories from the Golden State. From stories of Mariachi Bands to Used-Car Salesmen to Scraper Bikes, the project records “words and images, stories and songs, & opinions and ideas” from California. Here is what the filmmakers have to say about the Golden State:
“California is loaded. From Disneyland to farmland, we’ve got Scientology and superstars, Silicon and silicone, crips and bloods. The border. Krumpin’ 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.”
You can view two of their most recent mini documentaries below. Make sure you also visit their Blog, to find even more images and words from their adventures. I’ll be posting updates about their films from time to time – so look out for that! (Photos below by Zackary Canepari).