From 2010 to 2012, The Standard, Downtown LA hosted a series of events called, aptly, The Series. Hosted by filmmaker Nicole Disson, The Series was an experiential art party that combined performance art, dance, music, and theater. The events were so refreshingly unpredictable and cool that we didn’t hesitate when Nicole asked if she could use the hotel as the backdrop for a new project she was working on, a short film.
The film, entitled SLEEPOVER LA, was completed early last year and we were blown away by the results. Directed by Lily Baldwin and produced by Nicole Disson, SLEEPOVER LA revamps traditional narrative with stylized dance and pop song mash-ups. In the film, an innocent tourist travels to LA and spends the night at The Standard, Downtown LA where she unexpectedly conjures her sister’s last night alive. A bold score, stylized dance and an eccentric cast weave a dark and luminous film that revamps traditional narrative, while the hotel’s sleek interiors set the stage as time begins to blur and the past and present collide.
It turns out we weren’t the only ones who were impressed by the film. Out of thousands of applications SLEEPOVER LA is one of 27 films selected for this year’s SXSW Short Film Festival. If you’re one of the lucky people who find themselves traveling to Austin next week, make sure you click here to see when and where it’s playing.