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Santa Monica Stories

  • Afshin Javadi, Director
  • Amanda Roraback, Producer
  • Nils Cowan, Producer

About the Project

Known worldwide, the small coastal city of Santa Monica has been a leader in physical fitness (Muscle Beach) and a backdrop for 100s of films from the turn of the century to the present. A-list stars from Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks to Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland frolicked at the city's glamorous beach clubs while millionaires sunbathed at their villas along the Gold Coast. But hidden behind all the glitz and glamour are stories of racism, controversy, scandal and war. Santa Monica Stories explores both the city's charm and its darkest secrets.