When it came time to find the setting and cast for her new film, “Afternoon Delight,” writer and producer Jill Soloway of Silver Lake did not have to go very far. The film, which is about a bored mom who takes a young stripper under her wing and brings her home to work as her nanny, is not only filmed in Silver Lake but actress Kathryn Hahn, who plays the lead role as Rachel, also calls the neighborhood home. In fact, the two women and their families live a short distance apart; their kids attended the classes at the Silver Lake Jewish Community Center.
The independent film serves as Soloway’s debut as a director. She wrote the script and also searched the neighborhood for locales. The New York Times said Silver Lake is an obvious location for a story about the creative class:
It is fitting, then, that Ms. Soloway did make that movie, “Afternoon Delight,” here and around her neighborhood, starring her friends and furniture. That’s her dining room table and chairs on screen, and the art collection her husband chose. Scenes were filmed at their son’s school. Looking for locations, she was hyper-personal. “I went around and put notes in people’s mailboxes,” she said, “like, ‘I’m shooting my first feature in Silver Lake, if you’d like to have your house used, there’s $10,000 for you.’ ” She shot four minutes away from her own home.
“Afternoon Delight,” which own the Best Director award at Sundance, opens Friday in limited release.