Los Angeles is a city carved out of the desert – a conjured image of paradise. These are the stories of people who learn what lies beyond the dream – boat rides with theremin makers that end on the rocks, low-budget filmmaking that's too real to be true, legendary singers and wannabe stars whose voices no one knows. Welcome to Los Angeles.
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Pan's plans Trevor Pan launched his architecture career by building his first building with his own hands in a barren patch of Arizona desert. It didn’t have running water or electricity, but it got him some attention in the architecture world and his career was off to a promising start. But then Trevor made a decision that, from the outside, seemed completely totally crazy.
Grace of the Sea Luis Gutierrez Sanchez, also known as "Grace of the Sea," has been living in a garage in South LA for six years. He sells bacon-wrapped, pineapple-stuffed hot dogs on a street corner a few blocks away to make a living. Miraculously good at finding beauty in dark places, he tells his story of surviving as a gay undocumented immigrant in Los Angeles.