Los Angeles, California

El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula, founded on September 4th, 1,781 with 44 people.


Tourists Visited Los Angeles in 2013

More that fourty two million people visited Los Angeles from different parts of the USA and the world in 2013.


Passengers travelled through LAX in 2014

More than seventy million people used the Los Angeles International Airport to travel in 2014.


People living in the LA Area as of 2011

The population of LA, Riverside, Ventura, Orange, San Bernardino and San Diego counties was twenty one million in 2011.

About the film

Every year, thousands of people move to Los Angeles. They leave friends and family behind to pursue their dreams. Some of these people are seeking fame on the silver screen. Others are drawn by the beautiful weather and beaches. Still others just want a taste of that mythical California vibe. Of course, Los Angeles isn't paradise. It has more than its share of problems. It's considered the Gang Capital of the United States. The city is home to the country's largest and most notorious prison. And every day, more homeless people appear on the streets.

But these dreamers who move to Los Angeles are not daunted. Whatever their motivation for coming, they do whatever it takes. They take temporary jobs, work hard and overcome language barriers. In our film, The Faces of Los Angeles, we meet just a few of these people who make up the L.A. story. We celebrate their spirit and explore what drives them. And their stories are sure to inspire you. Look around our site to get a taste of our documentary and meet some of these fascinating Faces of Los Angeles.

All the footage and photographs used to make this film are 100% original.

The Creators


Director, Writer, Producer


Director, Producer, Designer

Kristin West


Meet The Faces

Our goal is to reflect the energy and diversity of Los Angeles, and portray life in L.A. from different perspectives. That's why we chose an eclectic group of people to tell their true stories. This documentary does not resemble your typical, sensationalist "reality" TV show -- it's "real" reality that captures the unique world of Los Angeles!

Robin Graves

A character impersonator who used to spend days on Hollywood Boulevard enterntaining tourists with his parody costume of Marilyn Monroe.

Jennifer Turiello

A high school teacher who left her teaching job in New Jersey to move to Los Angeles to fulfill her dream of becoming a professional singer.

Jessie Castillo

An artist from Glendora, California who grew up in foster care homes. He explains why graffiti saved his life.

Jeff Padilla

Moved to Los Angeles from New Mexico. He is the director of Compassion Through Action, a non-profit organization that helps homeless people.


The documentary is structured in several chapters that give the viewer a clear idea about how life in Los Angeles is from different perspectives.
Each chapter has its own dimension of reality. We can say that the chapters of The Faces of Los Angeles are some sort of mini-documentaries of their own.

Besides the stories, the documentary is also packed with interesting information about "The City of Angels",
also known as "The Southland", "The Entertainment Capital of the World", "The City of Flowers and Sunshine", "La-La Land", "The Big Orange,
and "Tinseltown" (probably referring to the glittering, superficial nature of Hollywood and the movie industry).

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