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Filming the Real California

by Katia Savchuk

California is a place. As chronicled in an eponymous new blog, it’s one where skateboarders reclaim abandoned pools in cities devastated by foreclosure. A filmmaker and photographer have teamed up to tell true stories from the Golden State by pairing mini-documentaries with raw images. One of four pieces up so far, “Cannonball,” is the story of youth in a disillusioned age rebuilding — in their own way — on the graveyard of the American Dream.

Credits: “Cannonball” video from California is a place.