LA LA MAN
Walks around Hollywood

“Head on a Swivel”
A look back at what's ahead

 

INT. DONUT TIME - BACK IN THE DAY

nods to the older, non emoting woman behind the counter and points two fingers at the glazed, then one at the Long John Cruller in the back of the case.

She rings him up.

  • COUNTER WOMAN
  • $3.00

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. SAME DONUT SHOP - NOW

The pleasant voice of a POLITE YOUNG WOMAN behind the @TrejosDonuts counter snaps him back to life.

  • POLITE YOUNG WOMAN
  • Actually - those (Glazed) are Low Riders and that (Long John) is a Machete.
  • BANJO
  • Giddy-up.

She rings him up.

  • POLITE YOUNG WOMAN
  • $7.50

The increased cost of all things artisan is not lost on Banjo, but he is totally preoccupied by the double-live gonzo interaction he just had with RACCOON & BRANDON - a couple of homeless ‘kids’ from the neighborhood.

In Hollywood - Raccoons bite

An ever so slight Cheshire Cat grin appears as he reflects on the ballsy-ness of just going with the case of mistaken identity.

EXT. BEHIND HOLLYWOOD HIGH SCHOOL - EARLIER

While cutting through, someone recognizes him.

  • RACCOON
  • What the f*ck’s goin’ on, man?
  • BANJO
  • (throws spaghetti at the wall) Dancin’ between the raindrops.

Brandon laughs - he can relate.

  • RACCOON
  • You’re the dude that shot my knuckles!

Uh oh -

  • BANJO
  • (Thinks quick) That was some crazy shit.

Raccoon maniacally laughs as he flashes the nicely photographical ‘fuck' & 'love' tattoos on his hands.

  • BRANDON
  • Crazy shit.

These guys were live-wires - innocent and interesting at this particular moment, but admittedly capable of roaming the neighborhoods of @TheHollywoodScene as drugged out, territorial menaces. He wonders if they would accept help getting things back on track. Mental note: head on a swivel.

EXT. SANTA MONICA BLVD. - REAL TIME

Banjo steps out of the donut shop and as if on cue, a nicely timed series of lights takes him across Highland Ave., then to the other side of Santa Monica Blvd. There, at the end of a small alleyway next to @PublicStorage, he makes his way towards @SteveTurnerLA. Behind him, he hears a loud HONK and someone cursing creatively.

INT. GALLERY - MINUTES LATER

As he walks in, Banjo exchanges pleasantries with the Director JON @JonKeeBong, who is sitting at the front desk.

  • JON
  • (smiles) Hey hey -
  • BANJO
  • Good to see ya.

Fresh artistry and powerful stories felt like the perfect way to wash down his earlier interaction.


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In Hollywood - you have to brush things off

INT. GALLERY - CONTINUOUS

Banjo points to the series of works in the front room.

  • BANJO
  • Those super long continuous brush strokes are quality with a K, eh?
  • JON
  • (smiles) There’s a delicate surface tension to them, yes.

EXT. SANTA MONICA BLVD. - SHORT TIME LATER

With fresh zip in his step, Banjo makes back toward the intersection. At the gas station @Mobile1, a white van pulls up and a GUY IN MIRRORED AVIATORS leans out the passenger side window.

  • GUY IN MIRRORED AVIATORS
  • (to Banjo) Hey man - you interested in a home theater system or maybe a @GoPro?
  • BANJO
  • (smiles) All Good.

Banjo scampers toward Highland Ave.

  • BANJO
  • (to self) It's always a white van.

Just as he makes his way to the corner, he hears the screaming chorus of oncoming sirens. From the left, a police car approaches, while an ambulance flies through from the right. Each off to their own emergency. So Hollywood.

Unfortunately, it all happened so fast that Banjo missed the pic.

  • BANJO
  • (to self) Argh!

He thinks back to earlier in the week when he wasn’t able to capture that guy who was straddling his bicycle while chasing a rolling glitter ball around a busy intersection.

  • BANJO
  • (to self) WTF bro?

A skateboarder whizzes past doing a crazy kick-flip maneuver around some construction debris @DumpstersForRent. The impressive move reminds him of DANNY @DannyMinnick. Like this stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard, Danny has upscaled - from skateboard filmographer to renown artist.

As Banjo ziggies across the street towards the new @Walgreens, he digs his hand in the bag of donuts and picks off a chunk of the Machete.

  • BANJO
  • (mouth full) Damn - that’s good.

Looking around, he can’t help but notice all the changes. Most sad is that as Hollywood builds itself up, it’s losing one of it’s signature assets - a clean view of those beautiful hills.

He’s also bothered by the toxicity in the air created by all the construction. He wonders what it's like for those guys operating the high cranes @BiggerCrane.

On the other hand, what was once so grim is now oh so Instagram friendly. High-end boutiques @JustOneEye, interesting eateries @Spoonfed.LA and the new Metropolitan Animal Specialty Hospital@MashVet now share the streets with tents, box huts and a growing number of homeless encampments.

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In Hollywood - it's cold out there

INT. A SECOND GALLERY - MOMENTS LATER

Banjo ducks into @RegenProjects. He checks out the new exhibit of repurposed materials. Then, at the front area, he reads the exhibiting artist’s bio.

  • BANJO
  • (to the NEW GUY behind the counter) Fastball down the middle.
  • NEW GUY
  • Yeah, she’s great.
  • BANJO
  • (points to bathroom) May I?
  • NEW GUY
  • Of course.

Note: One of the most difficult things to do in Hollywood is to walk in somewhere and take a pee. With the growing homeless situation, every store and restaurant window has some sort of No Public Restroom sign.

Tip: If you are polite and crafty, you can usually make it happen.

EXT. BATHROOM - AFTER

  • BANJO
  • (to the New Guy) Gracias.

EXT. SANTA MONICA BLVD. - CONTINUOUS

In front of a new construction area, a HOMELESS GUY WITH DOGS is sitting in front of a multi-panel canna-lifestyle series of posters. He's arguing with a DOG WALKER.

  • DOG WALKER
  • Suck my dick asshole - why you gotta be blocking the sidewalk?
  • HOMELESS GUY
  • Eat my ass dickhead - there’s plenty of room.
  • DOG WALKER
  • Your dogs are scaring mine.
  • HOMELESS GUY
  • F*cking grow a pair.

Banjo shakes his head - all this development has left so many people angry and feeling hopeless. Somehow, Hollywood needs to help Hollywood.

He notices an inordinate amount of lottery tickets strewn about and is disheartened by the desperation. He makes another mental note to reach out to JAMES @LottoGopher and see how Euro life‘s treating him.

EXT. LAUNDROMAT - AFTER

Banjo lets out a sigh and has a bit of a nostalgic moment taking in the site of the laundromat used in the movie “Tangerine”. Damn, that final scene was a tear-jerker. Well done Sean Baker @LilFilm.

Again, Banjo thinks about how far things have come. For forever, this strip of Santa Monica Blvd. was known as a place for elicit pickups - just ask EDDIE @EddieMurphy and HUGH @HughGrantOfficial. Now, seedy’s become scenie.

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Filled with fresh empathy and inspo, Banjo marches on.

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About: La La Man + Banjo

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