LA: We Can Be Heroes

Columbine Goldsmith was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Hollywood, which gave her a unique local perspective on the superheroes of Hollywood Blvd. Where most L.A. locals avoid the street like carbs, she stood by as it became increasingly more popular as a tourist attraction and a way for actors who are down on their luck to make money.

Columbine sought to capture the juxtaposition of the power of the fantastical characters versus the fact that many of the actors playing the characters are, in reality, struggling. In her mind, to visit this “attraction” is depressing and she warns visitors to Los Angeles to stay away.

The filmmaker considers L.A. to be a collection of suburbs where people from all walks of life can find their tribe. So when visiting, keep away from the heart of Hollywood and hit up Glendale for some Armenian food or Koreatown for Korean BBQ. And if heading to the Pacific coastline, forget Venice and head up to Malibu—her favorite beaches are Leo Carrillo and Point Dume. You wont regret getting away from the crowds, especially if they are the crowds on Hollywood and Highland.

Trained photographer Columbine Goldsmith got into filmmaking via an experimental film she made with friends. It was then featured on Dazed Digital (Dazed and Confused Magazine’s digital platform), and the rest is history. For the past five years, Columbine has been making videos for number of publications including a short film that goes behind the scenes at Disneyland and exposes the off duty characters for The New York Times.

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