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Judy Seckler

Judy Seckler is a Los Angeles-based journalist, specializing in art, design, and architecture. Her work has appeared in the L.A. Times, Agence France-Presse, Yahoo News, Newsweek, Art and Living, American Bungalow, Cottages & Bungalows, Victorian Homes, Ceramics Art and Perception, Ceramics Monthly, and Art Ltd.

She logged hundreds of stories as a staff writer at the Glendale News-Press, a division of the L.A. Times, and the Pasadena Weekly. At the Weekly, she worked as an editor of special issues, and a copy editor as well as a staff writer. She covered local politics, public education, science and the arts. Her work as a team member on the American Film Institute’s online film catalog gave her a chance to further employ her skills as a researcher and film lover. To date, Judy has cataloged upwards of 400 American-made films for posterity (see AFI below).

Judy studied journalism at UCLA’s Certificate Program for Print and Broadcast Journalism. She also studied interior and product design at Cornell University and holds a B.F.A. in graphic design from Pratt Institute. Work with Judy and you get compelling copy combined with a strong visual sense.

Apart from writing, Judy has held the positions of Directors of Communications and of Membership for Independent Writers of Southern California, IWOSC. She is a lifetime member of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, GLAWS; a member of the California First Amendment Coalition, and the L.A. Conservancy.

Just wanted to say thank you for such a nice article in Cottages and Bungalows. In my 16 year career, this is the first time I was NOT misquoted.

-- Lisa Brault, homeowner and former California Deputy

- "The Livable Craftsman," Cottages and Bungalows

The American Film Institute, located in Los Angeles, Calif., is one of the country’s foremost institutions for training filmmakers, cinematographers, screenwriters, editors, etc. In the summer of 2012, Judy was hired as part of an initial three-member team to update AFI’s online film catalog, a more scholarly version of IMDB, as part of its ongoing mission to preserve film.

Eventually, the team grew to 12 members. Team members write 1,500-word synopses, do research at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science Library in Beverly Hills and provide detailed production notes, cite sources, and input hundreds of cast, crew and music credits.

Sample Judy’s work on the project:

The Boys from Brazil | Click to read

The Buddy Holly Story | Click to read

Children of a Lesser God | Click to read

Coal Miner’s Daughter | Click to read

Crimes of the Heart | Click to read

The Elephant Man | Click to read

The Handmaid’s Tale | Click to read

Ishtar | Click to read

The Spy Who Loved Me | Click to read

She’s Got to Have It | Click to read

Judy Seckler