Los Angeles Now

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Los Angeles Now
Directed by Phillip Rodriguez
Produced by Phillip Rodriguez
Release date
  • November 23, 2004 (2004-11-23)
Country United States

Los Angeles Now is a 60-minute documentary by producer/director Phillip Rodriguez. It first aired in November 2004 on PBS’s Independent Lens series.

The documentary examines the ways in which changing demographics in the City of Los Angeles[1] have created one of the largest and most diverse cities on Earth and, yet in spite of this, the entertainment industry's representations of Los Angeles remain stale, often overlooking the city's vast cultural transformation. The film also ponders the ways in which Los Angeles serves as a diagnostic for other urban centers in the United States, particularly given the influx and influence of immigrants[2][3] from around the world.

Several prominent Los Angeles figures are interviewed in the film, including actress Salma Hayek, philanthropist Eli Broad, author and essayist Richard Rodriguez, and Cardinal Roger Mahony.


Los Angeles Now was screened at the Redcat (Roy and Edna Disney/CalARts Theatre), the Harvard Film Archives, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Centre Pompidou[4] in Paris, France.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Times, Los Angeles. "It's official: Latinos now outnumber whites in California". latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  2. ^ "The Economic Impact of Naturalization on Immigrants and Cities". www.urban.org. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  3. ^ "Migrating to Recovery: The Role of Immigration in Urban Renewal | Immigration Policy Center". www.immigrationpolicy.org. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  4. ^ "Los Angeles 1955-1985". www.centrepompidou.fr. Retrieved 2016-05-18.