Jay Babcock, founding editor of Arthur magazine and longtime SoCal journalist, can be spotted in Mike Mills’s latest film, Beginners. Babcock, who currently resides in Joshua Tree, even got a shout out from Mills on the Focus Features website:
To me the river is the heart of any city, but people don’t think that LA has a river. But my great friend Jay Babcock, who did Arthur magazine, showed me how you walk over the 5 Freeway and right there is the Glendale Narrows. Most of LA River is paved but that part, the bottom isn’t paved, and it has become this accidental wildlife corridor.
In the film still below, Babcock is the fellow in the hat.