A five-minute video created by filmmaker and skater Colin Kennedy features skateboarder Austyn Gillette as he glides, bounces and rolls down the sidewalks and streets of Los Angeles. In the background, there are glimpses and scenes that are familiar to many Eastside residents, from the auto parts shops along Mission Road in Boyle Heights; Griffin Avenue as it crosses the railroad tracks in Lincoln Heights, the empty lot where Silver Lake’s Coffee Table restaurant once stood; the bridges crossing the 110 Freeway near Elysian Park and a popular skateboarding spot on Baxter Street in Echo Park.
While Kennedy, who shot the QUIK video while driving a gold-colored, Toyota Sierra minivan, captured footage across Los Angeles, he focused the video on Eastside scenery.
To be honest, we only filmed on the east side of Los Angeles, nothing in the film was shot west of Western Ave. Nothing against the rest of LA, but I wanted to show the LA that I live in and the neighborhoods that I pass through every day. When you see LA on TV or in a movie, more often than not, they’re focused on Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Venice Beach, or the Valley. I feel like that side of LA has been overexposed so I chose to omit those neighborhoods entirely. There’s something about the East Side that has an unpolished aesthetic that I really like.
The only hitch in during the filming was when Kennedy received a $300 traffic ticket for making an illegal left turn.
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