California Dreams (2017)



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From acclaimed director Mike Ott (LAKE LOS ANGELES, ACTOR MARTINEZ) comes the new comedy documentary feature CALIFORNIA DREAMS, presenting five unique individuals in pursuit of a big life change. Through auditions set up in small towns across Southern California, the film shows genuine characters with big Hollywood aspirations who, for various reasons, have never had the opportunity to pursue their dreams. With subjects including celebrity impersonators, aspiring writers, and a former nurse, this bitingly funny film reveals the strange and entrancing hypnotic grip that Hollywood has, in some way or form, on everyone.


Critic Reviews for California Dreams

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Ott has artfully constructed a slippery hall of human mirrors, testing and subverting the rules of empathy in documentary and narrative cinema alike.

Mar 14, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A film filled with badly acted scenes that doesn't really go anywhere, has no real narrative or structure or momentum or even anything coherent to say.

Feb 15, 2017 | Full Review…

A film that is easier on the eye than the soul.

Feb 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a movie that won't hold your hand for you, but after watching you'll want to grab onto it so that it may continue to take you on its odd journey. Even with all the constructed elements, it feels very authentic in a way that few films do.

Mar 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Call this by whatever name you choose - hybrid documentary, scripted reality, narrative nonfiction, etc. - it's endlessly fascinating, regardless.

Feb 6, 2018 | Full Review…

"California Dreams" remains like a tumbleweed and never reveals its purpose.

Feb 15, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…

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