Last January, in the wake of the horrific helicopter crash that killed Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven other adults and children, Mamba and Mambacita’s faces were splashed on walls throughout the city seemingly overnight. In the days and weeks that followed the crash, muralists turned the city into a shrine to Kobe.
In the early days of the pandemic, documentary filmmaker Patrick Green took notice of the murals as he was out and about running essential errands. “These images brought joy to me, reminding me of better times with friends, family, and Lakers Nation,” Green says. “I admired how the artists were able to channel our grief and speak for us by capturing Kobe’s memories that had filled our lives with so much happiness.”
In the upcoming feature-length documentary, Sincerely, Los Angeles, Green talks to prominent artists about the work they created in the wake of Kobe’s death, including Gabe Gault, Vela, Downtown Daniel, Melany Meza-Dierks, Kate Jensen, Rev Carl, and Slot One. It’s also a sort of time capsule of L.A in the era of COVID-19.
The doc doesn’t have a release date yet, but a new teaser trailer offers a nice glimpse at the project.
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