FOR THE LOVE OF L.A.
For The Love Of L.A. highlights the broad and expansive array of Angeleno creativity across diverse disciplines and geographies. New artists and works of art will be posted every Tuesday. In its first two seasons, For The Love Of L.A. premiered 48 projects while offering artists a platform to express their views of Los Angeles that are relevant and reflective of the current time through music, dance and visual culture.
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Directed by: Tempe Hale
Director of Photography: Arlene Muller
Music by: Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum
Sound Designer & Re-Recording Mixer: Ben Huff
Production Assistance: Patricia Luna, Alex Brown
Night Hike is a film noir-inspired experimental short constructed almost entirely from still photographs. A woman grappling with a recent loss goes for an evening walk. Coyotes howl and shadows play tricks on the eyes as she wanders deeper into the wilderness of Echo Mountain after dark. In this self-help thriller, touches of hard-boiled crime and dreamlike imagery reveal the woman's authentic self in a most unexpected way.
Tempe Hale is a Los Angeles-based director, animator, painter and Sundance Film Institute filmmaker Fellow (2020). Her work weaves together hand-drawn animations with archival footage and collage. Hale’s multimedia films have screened at The Pacific Symphony, Grand Performances, The Industry LA, Bay Area Rainbow Symphony San Francisco, Aloud Lecture Series at the Los Angeles Public Library, Big Apple Performing Arts and REDCAT. Her animated short Door No. 5 screened internationally at the Chitrakatha Festival (India), Expotoons (Argentina) and EICTV (Cuba).
In 2015, Hale began collaborating with Emmy- and GRAMMY-winning composer Laura Karpman. She created multimedia films using puppetry, collage and footage from Academy-Award winning cinematographer Greg Macgillivray to accompany Karpman’s symphonic piece “Siren Songs”, which premiered at Pacific Symphony’s 25th anniversary season finale on June 11th, 2015. In 2016, Hale collaborated on Karpman’s GRAMMY-winning multimedia project based on Langston Hughes epic poem “Ask Your Mama” featuring The Roots and Jessye Norman. In 2019, she worked with Digiscura creating multimedia films on native content for Huhugam Heritage Center in the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona. In July 2020, Hale was selected as a participant in the Music in Animation Intensive Sundance Lab.
She graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2014 with an MFA in experimental animation.