Milton Katselas

October 29, 2008

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I lost a dear friend last Friday, Milton Katselas.
A brilliantly insightful man. An uncommon teacher. A respectful listener. A friend.
To those whose lives he touched, he inspired and, indeed, fueled us to reach further than we thought imaginable.
On Broadway and on film he directed the award winning performances of Blythe Danner (Tony), Eileen Heckart (Academy Award),
and Bette Davis (Emmy).
The list of his students at the Beverly Hills Playhouse is legendary, but the songs of praises are uniformly extraordinary.
Gene Hackman. Michelle Pfeiffer. George Clooney. Anne Archer. Catherine Bell. Chris Noth. David Carradine. Alec Baldwin. Miguel Ferrer.
Tom Selleck, Burt Reynolds, Ted Danson, Giovanni Ribisi. Tyne Daly. Patrick Swayze. And on and on.
A life well lived by how he brought out the very best in all those who knew him.
He will be dearly missed.
But the light he gave us will shine forever.

Thank you, Milton.
Thank you.

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Ashes and Snow

September 14, 2008

In 2006 I was enthralled by the Nomadic Museum, a temporary structure at the Santa Monica pier, where artist Gregory Colbert created Ashes and Snow as an installation
of photographs, films (narrated in 3 languages by Laurence Fishburne, Ken Watanabe, and Enrique Rocha), and two short film haikus.
Breathtaking and breathgiving, Ashes and Snow astonishes and captivates you as you explore the spiritual poetry between wild animals and humans.
Over 10 million visitors in Venice, New York, Tokyo, Santa Monica, and Mexico City have been transported to this realm of infinite sensitivity and beauty.