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THE BUZZ: SDSA Members in the News

SDSA Buzz July 2017 - Issue 11
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In this issue: Meet the COC, SDSA Members In the News,
and the 4th Annual Leslie Frankenheimer Leukemia Fund Walk/Run for a Cure
This spotlight shines a light on the committees working to support the SDSA.
Learn what they do and who
the current members are.

Want to get the most out of your membership?

Meet the...

Community Outreach Committee (COC)

Mission Statement 
Through the acts of goodwill and charity, the Community Outreach Committee (COC) supports the SDSA in its efforts to promote education and the invaluable contributions of the set decorator's craft.

The COC raises funds for education and local charities through annual events,
and maintains the Decorator Fund extending sympathy and other assistance
to our members through difficult times.
COC Art Auction
Held each year at the SDSA Award Luncheon, members donate
their own works of art, with proceeds benefiting charity.

To date, LA GOAL and Inner City Arts have been the beneficiaries,
as they meet the criteria of the mission statement.

SDSA COC Spark of Love Toy Drive
The SDSA annually supports the L.A. Fire Department by collecting
new toys and sporting goods which are then distributed to a child
who might otherwise go without any gift during the holiday season.
The COC festively decorates collection boxes that are positioned at studio
and business member locations, and then collects and delivers the donations
to the Fire Department.

Leslie Frankenheimer Scholarship
Since its inception four years ago, the scholarships have been
graciously underwritten by SDSA Business Members
Faux Library Studio Props and Lennie Marvin Propheaven.

Student Outreach at local colleges and FIDM

Current Committee Members*
Chair - Philip Hoffman
Co-Chair - Michele Harding-Hollie
George Karnoff - Art Auction Officer, Mary Ann Biddle - Scholarship Officer
Rob Turner - Communications Officer
Angelina Archibeque (Town & Country), Joanne Baker, Mae Brunken, Karen Burnett, Susan Chooljian, Michael Cruz, Holly Davis (CORT), Ellen Dorros, Laura Evans,
Carol Bayne Kelley, David Lua, Lauree Martell, Maureen McGuire, Jennifer Mueller,
Chad Norris (H.D. Buttercup), Cindy Patino (FIDM), Kristin Peterson, Andre Rivera,
Linda Louise Sheets, JoAnn Vara, Richard C. Walker, Beth Wooke

*Members of the COC are by committee and sponsorship only
SDSA Lifetime Achievement Award

Did you know that the SDSA Lifetime Achievement is sponsored?!
Thank you and a big shout out to to EC Prop Rentals for their continued
support and sponsorship of this highly regarded award.


The 4th Annual Leslie Frankenheimer
Leukemia Fund Walk/Run for a Cure

It's time for the Annual Leslie Frankenheimer Walk/Run for a Cure!
On July 30th at 6:45am, the troops will gather on PCH to walk/run in memory of
Leslie Frankenheimer and her brave fight against leukemia. 
Join in!

Mara Spear, Barbara Cassel SDSA, Beverly Hadley SDSA, Erin Frankenheimer
We walk/run to help save the lives of anyone battling this disease that took Leslie
away from us too soon.  And we walk/run for all families and people
who have been affected by leukemia or cancer of any kind.

We are determined to keep fundraising to fund the critical
life-saving leukemia research being done at City of Hope.

Register Now
Leslie was the Co-Chair Emeritus of the COC, and in her honor,
if you would like to donate but can't walk, a member of the COC will walk for you! 
Contact the SDSA Office
Click Here

"Baby Driver" Stirs Nostalgia for iPods

The New York Times speaks to Set Decorator Lance Totten SDSA,
about iPods playing a supporting role in BABY DRIVER.

Article Link

                 Ansel Elgort. Photo Credit Wilson Webb/TriStar Pictures

And this...

How hit movie Baby Driver is bringing back the iPod

Entertainment Editor Susannah Guthrie at the UK site, The New Daily, referenced
the New York Times interview with Lance Totten SDSA in their own article.
Article Link

"This Is Us"
A Discussion With Set Decorator Beth Wooke SDSA 

Variety 411 goes behind the scenes of THIS IS US,
with Set Decorator Beth Wooke SDSA

Article Link

April Glover Takes on L.A.

Healthy Horizons magazine catches up with April Glover SDSA, Set Decorator,
television personality, furniture designer and member of the current
SDSA Board of Directors.
Article Link


For more news, check out the SDSA Website Press/News page
Click Here



Frost Christmas Props is a full service holiday décor
Prop house specializing in all your holiday décor needs.
Giant Candy Canes, Santa Chairs, Christmas Trees, Sleighs and much, much more! Let our team of expert Elves help you create Holiday magic for your next production, event, or party.
Opening our doors in 2011, FROST has been acquiring a huge collection of modern, handmade, vintage and unique holiday décor props. We are always adding new pieces to our inventory and are constantly getting inspired by our Set Decorator clients.
Now you know a little bit about our story. Please feel free to email or call us to schedule an appointment to stop in and see our showroom. Come on down and meet Marjori and her expert team of Elves in person! We would love to find out what we can do to put the Holiday Cheer into your project.
Visit our website to see our huge selection of over 60 different categories of holiday props and custom design work.
Frost Christmas Props has been a proud business member of The Set Decorators Society of America
since 2011.

21405 Madrona Avenue
Torrance, CA 90503

Ph: (310) 704-8812
Hours: By Appointment Only

Contact - Marjori Madura

SDSA Member since 2011



ATOMIC creates immersive live environments that engage audiences and make a bold impression. We help set the stage for maximum effect through modular rental scenery and soft goods, design services, custom set construction, and live event production.
Born from a “packs small, plays big” mentality, ATOMIC’s arsenal of rental solutions can be mixed and matched to create a unique look for any project size; our products are easy up and easy down, all while infusing a “no surprises” versatility and modularity in everything we do. With a presence in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Frankfurt and Tokyo, ATOMIC Rental Solutions serves clients including Grammy-winning artists, Fortune 500 companies, and event professionals of all sizes.
Check out ATOMIC’s newest, latest and greatest here:

Pennsylvania - HQ:        
10 Wynfield Drive                     
Lititz, PA 17543
Ph: (717) 626-4408

Los Angeles -  Rental Division:
9420 Telfair Ave
Sun Valley, CA 91352
 Ph: (818) 787-2653
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm and by appointment during off hours

Contact - Rob Barber

SDSA Member since 2012

Check out these articles in SETDECOR ONLINE!

Set Decorator Lance Totten SDSA takes us behind the scenes of
the music-fueled high-octane

Set Decorator Amy Beth Silver SDSA gives SET DECOR a few glimpses into
the making of moody, artfully stylistic, quietly exotic thriller

SET DECOR steps out of the box for this special edition album,
which Set Decorator Gene Serdena SDSA narrates through the captions.


More articles are waiting for you at SETDECOR Online!
SDSA Members are hard at work on...

Some of your favorite shows:

THE FOSTERS Set Decorator - Linda Louise Sheets SDSA
MIDNIGHT, TEXAS Set Decorators -
Wendy Ozols-Barnes SDSA, Wilhelm Pfau SDSA

THE NIGHT SHIFT Set Decorator - Libbe Green SDSA
PREACHER Set Decorator - Edward McLoughlin SDSA
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER Set Decorator - John Sparano SDSA
SHOOTER Set Decorator - Richard C. Walker SDSA                      
SNOWFALL Set Decorators - Hernan Camancho, Maria Nay SDSA (Pilot)
Buyer - Sondra Thorpe SDSA (Associate)

WILL Set Decorator - Judy Farr SDSA, Gordon Sim SDSA (Pilot)
Playing at a theater near you:

THE HOUSE Set Decorator - Lauri Gaffin SDSA
Gene Serdena SDSA, Lauri Gaffin SDSA (Additional Photography)

WONDER WOMAN Set Decorators –
Anna Lynch-Robinson, Letizia Santucci SDSA

Don't see your show listed here?! Let us know what you're working on!
Please send the title of your show to

 Please welcome the following Members:

Paul Roome SDSA Set Decorator (Rejoin) 

Alexandra Grande SDSA (Associate)
Mark Rodriguez SDSA (Associate)

Monica Bell, Student (WLAC)
Dulce Muller Carrillo, Student (WLAC)
Raymond Garcia, Student (WLAC)
Lauren Graziano, Student (FIDM)
Antonio Sanchez, Student (WLAC)

To see all of our decorator members, check out the Membership Directory
on the SDSA website

Do you know someone that is interested in joining?
Membership information can be found
here on the SDSA website

 2017 SDSA Emmy Party
Thursday, September 7th
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