Noam is the resident director of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences in Silverlake. He is also a lecturer in architecture at Cal Poly Pomona University. He received his degrees in architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design and from Cal Poly Pomona University.
David L. Ulin is the author or editor of a dozen books, including Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay; The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time; and Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Tom and Mary Gallagher Fellowship from Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship. The former book editor and book critic of the Los Angeles Times, he has written for AGNI, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. He teaches at the University of Southern California, and most recently has edited Joan Didion: The 1960s & 70s, the first volume of an omnibus edition of the author’s works, published by the Library of America.
Sheryl Scott has over 25 years experience in marketing, graphic design, social media planning, web development, public relations and publishing. She has also taught social media marketing and graphic design classes for design and conservation students. Her current focus is on building brand identity, developing communication strategies which allow small non-profits to engage new audiences and form partnerships through community outreach. She is the co-founder and consulting partner at designSimple, a design and marketing firm with clients ranging from small non-profits to national foundation such as ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Sheryl is currently the Director of Communications at The Gamble House in Pasadena, CA.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Sheryl holds a BS in Communications from Cal Poly Pomona. She has continued her education with studies in architecture and art as well as completed the USC Summer Heritage Conservation program.
Patti Podesta is a Los Angeles-based Production Designer for film and television. Over her 20-year career as an artist and designer she has become known for intelligent, imaginative work in a variety of genre, and for her sophisticated aesthetic.
Notable projects include television “Defending Jacob” “American Gods” “Hannibal” and the pilots for “Homeland” and “Elementary.” Feature films include “Memento” “Love and Other Drugs” and “Bobby,” Emilio Estevez’s award-winning account of the day Robert Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles. Her most recent project in film ”The Black Phone” was with director Scott Derrickson.
Ms. Podesta began her work in the movie business designing title sequence, most notably the Wachowskis’ BOUND, and designing the slide-show scene in the original JURASSIC PARK. She has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy and the Art Director’s Guild Award three times.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, as a teenager she lived for a time in Europe which had considerable influence on her point of view. Podesta originally envisioned being an architect before taking up sculpture and then video, becoming well-known as a media artist. Her video works have been screened at museums and festivals in the U.S. and Europe and recognized with numerous awards. Podesta holds a Masters Degree in Fine Art and brings this background to her film design. Her career is a continuing investigation of the intersection of art and film.
She designed and co-curated the extensive exhibition dedicated to the work of director Stanley Kubrick for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA.) which was on view at the Museum from 2012-2013.
Juhee is the resident Co-director of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences in Silverlake. She is also a senior associate at Scott Mitchell Studio in Los Angeles. She received her degrees in architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design and from Cal Poly Pomona University.
Eugenia Kim is a marketing + creative strategist + native Angeleno who began her career in communications as an associate editor at a fashion magazine producing celebrity covers while managing brand activations. Since transitioning into marketing + PR, she’s worked with architecture studios, design festivals, and hospitality brands and has a special interest in telling stories through live events, partnerships and social media campaigns.
Mo Henry is a film negative cutter acclaimed by many as one of the greatest in her field. Her works include franchise film series such as Spiderman, Batman, The Matrix, and Harry Potter, cult classics such as Mulholland Drive, The Big Lebowski, El Mariachi (uncredited) and Apocalypse Now Redux. Mo worked exclusively for many years on Clint Eastwood’s films and on all of Frances Ford Coppola’s restoration projects. More recently, she cut several of Christopher Nolan’s films such as The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Inception. According to The Internet Movie Database, she has been a negative cutter on over 300 films, although Mo claims IMDB has many inaccuracies, missing many films that she has cut and including her on films on which she was not involved, and her ultimate total far exceeds 300. In addition, she cut a fair number of adult films under the alias Ruby Diamond. Despite her low profile she has amassed a fan base over the years, and many fans are knownto stay during the final credits to see if Mo’s name appears. She is a fourth generation Henry negative cutter, starting at Universal at 19. Her first cut feature film (uncredited) was Jaws, a film she was told (by her boss/father) was likely to be a flop, so he allowed her to train on it as a novice. She took a break from negative cutting to be a real estate agent in Beverly Hills in the eighties (with, as she describes it, “Big Hair and Big Shoulder pads”), and as a production coordinator on television commercials and rock videos. She is left-handed, which initially made it harder for her to learn to cut negative, however, she says her obsessive-compulsive disorder works to her advantage, as it allows her to remember numbers and because she checks everything repeatedly, she has rarely made a mistake. Mo is a Los Angeles native and a first generation American on her father’s side of the family, the Henrys having immigrated from Ireland.
Cole Akers produces exhibitions, performances, public programs, and partnerships across the fields of art, design, and architecture. Working from New York and Los Angeles, he is currently Curator & Special Projects Manager at The Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Kelly Garrison is director of the Da Camera Society which presents Chamber Music in Historic Sites. Called “undoubtedly the most imaginative, permanent floating concert series in Southern California, if not the nation,” (Applause Magazine), the program has been acclaimed as a model by local critics. “Amid all the local competition, the series that is simply the best – in venues, in consistent quality of performance, in the power to rejuvenate the listener as only live musical events can – is CHAMBER MUSIC IN HISTORIC SITES” (Los Angeles Times). With 21 to 29 concerts each year staged in relatively intimate settings, the Society is both the largest and the smallest presenter of chamber music in the Southland. Their historic-sites programs have included newly-discovered music of the California missions at Mission San Fernando, Marcus Roberts at the Dunbar (a focal point during Central Avenue’s golden age of jazz), music from the court of Louis XIV at a Pasadena “chateau,” a children’s concert of Japanese traditional music at the Aikido Center in Little Tokyo, the great Milt Jackson at Union Station, the Tallis Scholars in an English Gothic-styled church, and Poncho Sanchez at the Mayan Theater.
In addition to enriching the Southern California community with outstanding musical performances celebrating our cultural landmarks, the Society’s mission includes the goal of making a difference in the community by bringing music into the lives of those most in need of its enriching and affirmative powers – low-income and diverse audiences of young people, seniors, the disabled and the disadvantaged.