Continuing BBH L.A.’s excellent “California Inspires Me” film series for Google Play in collaboration with Pop-Up Magazine’s California Sunday, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon tells her tale of how growing up in the Golden State nurtured her love for art and creativity. The film opens on Ms. Gordon reflecting on the smells of L.A.’s night-blooming jasmine and Santa Ana winds. She goes on to talk about the art and dance classes of her childhood years and her early days playing music before she traveled to New York to found Sonic Youth. Freddy Arenas’ delightful animation, simple black drawings against solid-colored backdrops bring an even more personal vibe to the story.
Previous films in the series include featured Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh, actor Jack Black, who talks about growing up in a surfer culture in Southern California; director and artist Mike Mills;and singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen.