Lance Bangs’ Family Portrait

Published August 26, 2009 by Graham

Lately, it seems like all the rad creative people and places in L.A. have become closely intertwined, like a cat’s cradle of overlapping awesomeness. Sure, an extensively detailed flow chart might help you get the picture– or you could just watch this astute new documentary from Lance Bangs! Family Portrait centers on the bookstore Family and spider-webs outward from there, touching on some of our favorite places in Los Angeles, like The Smell, Hope Gallery, and Ooga Booga, as well as the people who make those places great. Watch the rest of Family Portrait after the jump.


Part 1: An intro to Family Bookstore, the crazy range of items they stock, and the origin of the store’s name.


Part 2: Family’s beginnings and curation, the Fairfax neighoborhood, footage of an in-store performance by the Sads and an interview with No Age.


Part 3: Family’s personalities: David Kramer and Nate Harrington, Cali Dewitt of Teenage Teardrops Records.


Part 4: No Age’s residency at Family, David’s philosophy on book covers, Cinefamily, and noise tapes.


Part 5: Kramer’s Ergot comic anthology, the comic art studio above Family, and Sammy’s artwork for Will Oldham.


Part 6: Hope Gallery, the photography of Hamburger Eyes, the art of Ron Rege.


Part 7: The Smell and Ooga Booga. Interviews with Wendy Yao and Brendan Fowler.


Part 8: In-store performances by Infinite Body, Drawlings, and an encore from the Sads.

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3 comments so far

  1. Bert says:

    Nice post! Very inspiring.

  2. Old Chum says:

    Damn. That’s a dream come true.

  3. pcmw says:

    great piece lance!

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