Silver Lake’s midterm influencer | Jessica Alba, Gabrielle Union’s Boyle Heights music video | Where to vote

Nov 5, 2018

A Roundup of Eastside News & Info

A Silver Lake millennial’s all-female production crew is about to get tested on Tuesday’s Election Day. Will their ads win votes?  Watch a light-hearted dance video at Mariachi Plaza featuring Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union. Plus, help if you need to find your polling place. Happy Monday, Eastsiders.

Midterm influencer  Sarah Ullman isn’t your average Silver Lake filmmaker

She’s 30 years old, runs an all-female production crew out of a WeWork space in Burbank  and directs ads that last year  helped flip 10 of 15  legislative seats to Democrats in Virginia.

The New York Times recently featured Silver Lake resident Sarah Ullman, the founder of One Vote at A Time, who could play a pivotal role in the upcoming election where control of both houses is at stake along with hundreds of local and state races.

Inspired by frustration she felt over gun violence after a shooter killed 49 people at the Pulse Night Club in 2016, she began a super PAC that makes campaign ads for candidates who support gun control.  One of her first efforts was a campaign video to expand background checks in Nevada, which won by a razor-thin margin, according to Vogue.

“I realized if my video was able to convince 10 people, would be able to convince 100 people, any number of people, it will have been worth it, because in that background-check initiative, every vote mattered,” Ullman told Vogue.

Ullman and her team created 200 ads for 190 candidates this election season, according to the Times. Those ad include one for Stacey Abrams the Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate. And whatever the outcome, she doesn’t show interest in slowing down for 2020.

Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union get down at Boyle Heights’ Mariachi Plaza 


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Dance video magic! During some downtime on the set of the Bad Boys spinoff, LA’s Finest, the new Spectrum series stars Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union got down to a Lil Bebe Remix by Dani Leigh.

Union posted the hip-swinging, hand-in-the air, DIY video on her Instagram feed. And poof more than a million views.

“When you’re stuck at a night shoot for #LAsFinest in DTLA and your makeup artist happens to be a 2x Emmy winner that also danced for Janet Jackson… choreography and magic happen,” Union wrote.

Then Alba, who reposted it, chimed in. “My new favorite song!”

You will have to wait until next year to watch “Under the Silver Lake”

We do actually need more “bizarre LA mind-tripping” flicks, as Indiewire describes it. But it looks like the release of the latest one by horror movie director David Robert Mitchell will have to wait until next year.

“Under the Silver Lake,” which some call a cult worthy, noir film that follows “a stoned Andrew Garfield around a dreamlike Los Angeles in his quest to find a missing woman,” was slated for release late this year. But it won’t be out until 2019 after getting a chilly reception at Cannes Film Festival, according to IndieWire.

The film offers eye candy for navel-gazing Angelenos with Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz,  Hollywood Hills, and a classic L.A; apartment complex featured in the film set in the summer of 2011.   Here’s a Deadline interview with the director for his insight into this dark film.

How to Dress Well’s latest, The Anteroom 

How to Dress Well, a.k.a.’s Echo Park-based  performer Tom Krell,  drops “The Anteroom” in collaboration with Joel Ford.  The alt-R&B artist said it was meant “to  sound like the insides of bones that are turning to embers,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

Here’s where you vote

Need to find  your polling place? The Los Angeles County Register-Recorder/County Clerk’s website can point you in the right direction or provide a sample ballot and more.

If you wanna see live local election results they can be found here. Go vote. There’s a lot on the ballot including 11 statewide propositions from the expansion of rent control to the elimination of daylight savings time.

Rachel Uranga is a Los Angeles-based writer

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