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Nobody Walks in LA is the story of two old friends who, faced with decisions that cannot wait, put their lives on pause for a day and do the unthinkable…walk around Los Angeles. Putting aside a failing engagement on the one hand and a cross country move on the other – Miles (Adam Shapiro) and Becca (Kim Shaw) rediscover not just the streets of Los Angeles... but one another.
This film is my love letter to Los Angeles. The city serves as both foreground and background to the story of two friends sorting out their lives and relationships. Much of Miles and Becca’s conversation represent my thoughts, questions, and concerns about life, love, family, religion, and friendship. I attempted to represent those internal thoughts and questions as honestly and accurately as possible with dialogue that truly represents my generation and how my friends and I talk to one another.
As a native angeleno this film grew from my desire to show a different side of Los Angeles. Leaving for college and traveling abroad made me realize how much this city is wholly equated with Hollywood and glamour – and if not that – with cop shows, gangs, and violence. There is so much that exists between these two extremes that is rarely, if ever, addressed in movies or television.
Real people live in LA too. Yet the majority of 'indie' films or hip TV shows that takes place in LA have the requisite 'down on his luck', 'struggling actor' character. Neighborhoods in LA such as Koreatown, Downtown, Echo Park, and Silverlake have transformed in the last fifteen years. But when I turn on the television all I see is Beverly Hills, the Santa Monica Pier, and Downtown (playing a different city of course).
A city is a living, breathing organism that changes with time. I believe it’s time for people’s perceptions of Los Angeles to catch up with its current reality. I hope this film allows people to see, hear, and feel Los Angeles like they never have before. I want it to inspire people to become one with this city and all it has to offer – its people, its art, its music, its history . . . and its sidewalks.
For more info about Director Jesse Shapiro visit www.jesseshapiro.com
Jeremy graduated from UCLA’s film program in 2004 and immediately immersed himself in the world of Independent Films where he was given the opportunity to lend his voice to unique and often controversial projects. He recently co-produced the romantic comedy CUPID'S ARROW starring C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders) and the satirical black comedy COFFEE KILL BOSS starring Eddie Jemison (Oceans 11, 12, 13), Noureen DeWulf (AngerManagement) and Robert Forester (Academy Award Nominee for Jackie Brown).
Satow graduated magna cum laude from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California, with a degree in Media Studies, concentrating in Film & TV production. She has served in key production roles on films Happy Ending & With or Without, and played integral roles producing, developing, and coordinating production and post-production of multi-million dollar international films as well as television programs (for NBC, BET, TLC) and music videos.
'Nobody Walks in LA' is Jesse's debut feature film. Previously he wrote, directed, and produced over 60 comedic shorts for Sony Pictures TV’s CrackleStudio’s. His short films have been featured at the LA Short Film Festival, the LA Comedy Shorts Festival, SXSW and other festivals throughout the country. He’s directed content for the 'Make a Wish' foundation and brands such as Pepsi, Absolut, and Kroger Supermarkets. Jesse began his career as the talent booker for the World Famous 'Hollywood Improv'.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - JOHN FROST
John has served as cinematographer on feature films such as ‘The Diabolical’, ‘The Evil Gene’, and ‘Riding 79’. He’s also served as the director of photography for the main title sequences of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’, ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hungers’, and ’47 Ronin’. He has done commercials for Disney & EA Sports and attended the Vancouver Film School for Film