Seemayer Studios presents a new documentary, now in production, about the American Hotel in downtown Los Angeles and the Arts District that surrounds it. Since 1979, the American Hotel has been the beating heart of a rich community of artists who began moving into the deserted factory buildings between Alameda and the Los Angeles River.
As postproduction continues in 2017, the filmmakers will update progress and post video samples of what to expect from "Tales of the American."
Besides managing the American Hotel and Al's Bar from 1994 to 2001, Toastacia Boyd, familiarly known as Toast, played drums and other instruments in several bands, including Paper Tulips, the Neptunas, the Ray-O-Vacs and Jackknife. "Our sticker said, 'Fuck you, I'm in Jackknife!" says Toast, who now devotes her time to collecting and racing motorcycles.