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Friday, March 17th

Contact: Gene Cane
Executive Director Set Decorators Society of America


The Set Decorators Society of America is offering two $2500 scholarships in memory of SDSA Set Decorator and SDSA Community Outreach Co-chair Emeritus, Leslie Frankenheimer, as part of its community outreach program.

In memory of Set Decorator member LESLIE FRANKENHEIMER, the Set Decorators Society of America Community Outreach Committee is establishing two annual scholarship funds in the amount of $2,500.00 each.
Lennie Marvin’s Prop Heaven and Faux Library Studio Rentals are graciously donating the funds. 

The scholarship is being offered to all members in good standing of the Set Decorators Society of America and Local 44 Set Decorators, Buyers, Lead Persons and Crew Members supporting the SDSA.

This offer is also extended to the children, dependents, spouses and domestic partners of SDSA and Local 44 members in good standing. Anyone wishing to be considered for this award may download the application forms for the 2017 - 2018 academic years from the SDSA Website at www.setdecorators.org. 

Through acts of goodwill and charity, the Community Outreach Committee supports the SDSA in its efforts to promote education and the invaluable contribution of the Set Decorator's craft. This scholarship is open to qualified applicants.

Lennie Marvin’s Prop Heaven and Faux Library Studio Rentals are each underwriting a complete scholarship award.
Applications and guidelines for qualification are available by contacting the office of the Set Decorators Society of America beginning Tuesday January 3, 2017 or ONLINE beginning December 26, 2016 by visiting the Calendar section of the SDSA website at www.setdecorators.org.

The deadline for receipt of applications and qualifying support materials for scholarship consideration is MONDAY MARCH 31, 2017.

Notification of the scholarship award will be prior to the 2017 Set Decorators Society of America Annual Awards Luncheon.
The Scholarship Award will be presented at the luncheon in Spring of 2017.

Once again, the deadline for applications is MARCH 17, 2017.

Download application here
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Thursday, March 23rd - Sunday, April 16th
Wattles Mansion Design Showcase
Hollywood History: The New Classics




(Hollywood, CA-- February 28, 2017) The spring of 2017 marks the second year of the Wattles Mansion Designer Showcase.  The 2017 theme will demonstrate through interior design how to reinterpret a historic home for today’s contemporary lifestyle.  The title of this year’s showcase is Hollywood History: The New Classics.

The magnificent Wattles Mansion was built in 1908, and was the original home of famous financier Gurdon Wattles who bankrolled much of early Hollywood. It’s a classic Mission Revival masterpiece designed by Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey, who also designed the Huntington Library, the Rose Bowl and the now-gone Ambassador Hotel. Wattles Mansion features 47 acres of formal botanical gardens on a picturesque hill far above Hollywood Boulevard. Today the residence, owned by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, comprises the only remaining example of a pre-film industry Hollywood estate. It continues to receive lasting improvements to help preserve its status as one of the finest turn-of-the-century estates in Hollywood.

According to Victoria Reitz, of Reitzhaus Productions, “Last year’s showcase was the first ever to take place in the beloved Wattles Mansion and was so well received that we have been asked to reprise the showcase with a brand new theme. Since the 2016 house was dedicated to the first 100 years of Hollywood cinematic history, this year’s showcase will focus on how to smartly modernize a historic home for today’s contemporary lifestyle. Some of the most important names in the design world will be participating, as well as notable sponsors such as Sherwin Williams. We are all very excited.”

Participants this year include such noted designers as Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design; Melinda Ritz and Mae Brunken on behalf of the Set Decorators Society of America; Patrick Dragonette; David Dalton; Ryan Saghian; Winslow & Cohen; Kym Rodger; Nicole Gordon; Fernando Diaz; Anna Hoffman; Victoria Reitz; Leslie Shapiro; Jessica Brende; Kelley Jackson; Kathleen Beall and Williams Sonoma. 

Milieu is the national media partner for the 2017 Wattles Mansion Showcase House. Additional partners include Luxe Interiors + Design, Modern Luxury, California Homes, WestEdge Design Fair, Viyet and 1stdibs.

Sponsors for the 2017 Wattles Mansion Showcase House include Snyder Diamond, Sherwin Williams, LAYKIN et Cie, City of Los Angeles and City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

“The Department of Recreation and Parks is excited to host this designer showcase at the beautiful and historic Wattles Mansion for a second year in a row,” said Michael Shull, General Manager, Department of Recreation and Parks. “This year’s showcase will take this historic home and use interior design to showcase today’s contemporary lifestyle. We look forward to displaying this historic estate and to another successful event.”

In addition, this year’s showcase house will benefit three charities: No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA)Save Iconic Architecture Projects (SIA) and Los Angeles Parks FoundationNKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) is an initiative led by Best Friends Animal Society that brings together passionate individuals, city shelters and an entire coalition of animal welfare organizations to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters throughout Los Angeles by the year 2017. SIA is an Architecture and Design community non-profit dedicated to architectural and cultural preservation awareness. SIA targets special properties in an effort to protect, preserve, educate and celebrate architecture as fine art. Los Angeles Parks Foundation is a California not-for-profit, supporting the objectives of the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department. The Foundation provides support that the City of Los Angeles is unable to offer by raising funds to improve park facilities, enhance park environments, preserve and restore historic elements in our city parks, support sustainability projects and purchase property for future parkland.

The Wattles Mansion Showcase will be unveiled on March 17, and open to the public March 23 – April 16, 2017, Thursdays through Sundays, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $40 per person and groups of 20 or more will be $35 per person. For ticket sales, visit reitzhausproductions.com or wattlesshowcase.com.

The Showcase is produced by Reitzhaus Productions, a veteran showcase production company led by designer Victoria Reitz. Reitz also produced the Greystone Mansion Showcase House, and has many design events to her credit. 

Wattles Mansion is located at 1824 N Curson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046.


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Sunday, November 20th - Sunday, March 26th
Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach

Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation,Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach brings to Los Angeles some of the greatest achievements of German Renaissance art. The period under consideration (1460–1580) was marked by profound changes in thought, philosophy, science, and religion, which in turn transformed the work of many artists of the day. Artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Hans Holbein, Mathias Grünwald, Tilman Riemenschneider, Peter Vischer, and a host of others reflected this new vision of the world in their works. The period was marked by conflicts, civil wars, and complex relationships with neighboring countries, but also witnessed a flourishing of many states and cities, reflected in the skills of their craftsmen. The exhibition comprises over 100 pieces, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, arms and armors, as well as decorative arts.

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Friday, March 31st - Wednesday, April 5th
American Documentary Film Festival


The American Documentary Film Festival (commonly referred to as AmDocs) is a 501(c)3 non-profit entity, operating as part of the Palm Springs Cultural Center.  Founder Teddy Grouya desired to create a forum to celebrate and promote documentary film - and the independent filmmakers around the world who bring knowledge and awareness through their stories about real people and issues.  It all started in 2011 when the festival was created.  Palm Springs was the perfect venue for AmDocs, which is located just 90 minutes east of Hollywood and has a proven track record of viewing audiences that support independent film.

The first festival was held in April 2012, with Academy Award-winning Director, Screenwriter and Producer, Oliver Stone being honored on Opening Night with the "Filmmaker Who Makes A Difference" award and the screening of his provocative documentary "Commandante."  In its inaugural year, AmDocs screened 80 international films in a single theatre in Palm Springs.

Since then, AmDocs has grown exponentially each year, with annual honorees including Dionne WarwickPeter Coyote and Peter Bogdanovich.  The 2013 Festival was the first to feature animated film entries. 

The 2015 Festival screened 120+ thought provoking, entertaining and unforgettable films set across six screens in theatres in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert, attracting thousands of visitors over the Festival's five day period, as well as over 150 filmmakers and industry guests from all across the U.S. and around the world.

While relatively young, AmDocs has already established important credentials, being recognized internationally as an important venue for filmmakers, being named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the five coolest documentary film festivals in the world!  Over 1600 films were reviewed for screening consideration in the past year, coming from Argentina to Zimbabwe and across the U.S.

Most recently, AmDocs initiated a new and unique film festival alliance, the North-South Doc Network, in which several important international film festivals provide access to films within each of the participating festivals programs, thereby creating a formal circuit of festivals that select films will get to screen at.

In support of its commitment to further documentary film awareness and education, AmDocs also carries out a variety of outreach activities, including the AmDocs Film Fund Pitch Competition.  U.S. documentary filmmakers are eligible to participate in the Pitch Competition and submit proposals to compete for financing for new projects, as well as works currently in progress.  Film Funds such as this are rare in the U.S. and AmDocs is proud to be able to provide this support.   Past recipients included films that went on to be shortlisted for the Oscars as well as win television's Emmy.

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Monday, June 12th - Sunday, October 1st
Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive

Liberty Magazine Cover. 1926. Color pencil on paper. 24 1/2 × 28 1/4″ (62.2 × 71.8 cm). (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most prolific and renowned architects of the 20th century, a radical designer and intellectual who embraced new technologies and materials, pioneered do-it-yourself construction systems as well as avant-garde experimentation, and advanced original theories with regards to nature, urban planning, and social politics. Marking the 150th anniversary of the American architect’s birth on June 8, 1867, MoMA presents Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, a major exhibition that critically engages his multifaceted practice. The exhibition comprises approximately 450 works made from the 1890s through the 1950s, including architectural drawings, models, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, print media, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs, and scrapbooks, along with a number of works that have rarely or never been publicly exhibited. Structured as an anthology rather than a comprehensive, monographic presentation of Wright’s work, the exhibition is divided into 12 sections, each of which investigates a key object or cluster of objects from the Frank Lloyd Wright Archive, interpreting and contextualizing it, and juxtaposing it with other works from the Archive, from MoMA, or from outside collections. The exhibition seeks to open up Wright’s work to critical inquiry and debate, and to introduce experts and general audiences alike to new angles and interpretations of this extraordinary architect.
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