WATCH: WeHo — Late Night, Early Morning

Three local artists and filmmakers put together this video juxtaposition of the Rainbow District’s late night crowds versus the morning after scenes.

About the artists

Donna Westwood helped with the music for this project, and as a trans singer/songwriter she will be performing locally in the coming months as part of the Donna Westwood Band. Donna has been very active in the trans community, and her affection for West Hollywood is rooted in the fact that it was partly through living here that she took the step of coming out as trans to her friends. It is a process that she is still going through, but nights out in the bars along Santa Monica Blvd have become a lifeline – she calls it the one place that “Don can be Donna without the pretense.”

Fletcher Crossman is a British filmmaker and musician, and he has lived in West Hollywood for six years. During that time he has taken many pictures of life in this area, and was awarded a WeHo Arts Grant in 2020 for his work in music. Fletcher has become increasingly interested in the dichotomy between the colorful and decadent party life in the area and the social problems that exist here – in particular the issues of homelessness and suicide prevention. It was Fletcher’s initial work documenting this dichotomy that eventually led to the video, “West Hollywood – Late Night and Early Morning.”

KT Sharp is a New Zealand born musician and film editor, and has worked with Fletcher and Donna in musical projects for several years. As someone who has herself experienced hardships, KT is particularly interested in using her voice to amplify the needs of the weakest in society, and was instrumental in helping us frame the concept of this video in a way that wasn’t ‘preachy or judgmental’. The aim was simply to reflect on the two sides of West Hollywood that surround us every day. 

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Joe Bologna
Joe Bologna
3 months ago

I can remember when, any time day or night, every guy on Santa Monica Boulevard looked like a CK model or walking Tom of Finland cartoon come to life. SMB was called the “catwalk” for good reason. Nowadays, I’d rather walk with my cat.

Joshua88
Joshua88
3 months ago

Terrific video!

Wehoan
Wehoan
3 months ago

All those people don’t look like West Hollywood residents anymore !

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
3 months ago

America’s finest.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
3 months ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

You seem to be obsessed with them. Coming back to write another comment 10 hours later?

Jimmy palmieri
Jimmy palmieri
3 months ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

Good grief

West
3 months ago

well done visual storytelling, I love to see this kind of content on Wehoville

Say What?
Say What?
3 months ago

Someone better tell these artists that you can’t say “Boystown” anymore.

Fan of Boystown
Fan of Boystown
3 months ago
Reply to  Say What?

Why not?

Say What?
Say What?
3 months ago

Because it’s now the “Rainbow District”……Get with it!

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
3 months ago

good looking crowd

Jimmy palmieri
Jimmy palmieri
3 months ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

Good grief

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
3 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy palmieri

you’re right about that. quite the crowd.

Jimmy palmieri
Jimmy palmieri
3 months ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

Good grief

C.R.
C.R.
3 months ago

Nice video! I spotted a few people I know.

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