Imagine a version of La La Land filmed not in the Hollywood Hills, but amongst the landmarks of a different Los Angeles. Replace Griffith Park with the Boyle Heights Mariachi Plaza. Swap Grand Central Market for the decidedly less gentrified Central Wholesale Produce Market.
Then cast Lily Ontiveros (a formally trained contemporary dancer from Monterrey, Mexico) as the young ingenue. And for the male lead: Roberto Lambaren (aka Rawbzilla, a former b-boy with deep roots in the Los Angeles hip hop scene). Let their dancing depict a community — and a neighborhood — that doesn’t get seen in most silver screen versions of the city.
Cue the romantic strings and fantasy is complete.