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Save the Trees at Oxford Lagoon

Oxford Lagoon – Activists In Marina Del Rey Rally To Save Hundreds Of Trees
December 27, 2014 – Monique demoing in Christmas elf hat: :46-:50

These trees in the Oxford Lagoon Bird Sanctuary in Marina Del Ray, CA have been government protected since 1963 as part of the only Bird Sanctuary in Los Angeles County. 600 trees down, please help save the remaining.

Call these Los Angeles County Supervisors:

District #4 Don Knabe 213. 974.4444

District #3 Sheila Kuell  213.974.3333

District #2 Mark Ridley-Thomas 213.974.2222

District #5 Michael Antonovich 213.974.5555

District #1 Hilda Solis 213.974.4111


A. Halt further tree cutting at Oxford Lagoon, which was designated as a bird conservation area in 1963.

B. Halt the luxury housing project, which has been approved for the lot adjacent to the lagoon. This ground was designated as either a public park or parking lot, not another high rise.

Updates here:
Video here of illegal demolition:


A Lovely Treat – Friday, October 11th

 News on real life couple,  Monique Lukens & Josef Dochterman (featured in his first film)
Tango editedA LOVELY TREAT (10 min. short), a romantic comedy about high expectations, love, and that fine line between reality and fantasy, will be screening at the 6th Annual Bel-Air Film Festival 2013.

Friday, October 11th, 7pm intro, 7:20pm screening

UCLA James Bridges Theater
1409 E. Melnitz Hall
Los Angeles, 90095
(paid parking on premise)
ALTposter_Sept2013You are in for a “Treat!”

Tickets are $17.87 (including processing fee) for the entire evening’s shorts’ program. $5 off ticket sales for a limited time only! That’s $12.60! Discount code: filmbaff

Festival Schedule at:

A special thanks to dancers Monique Lukens,  Josef Dochterman, and choreographer Lea Thurman.  More Cast info at:

Upcoming screenings:

2013 L. A. International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts
(Oct. 24th – 27th)

2013 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
(Oct. 18th – Nov. 11th),

Aesthetica Short Film Festival (York, England)
(Nov. 7-10th)

Previous screenings:
2013 Newport Beach Film Festival
2013 LA Comedy Festival
2013 Ballston Spa International Film Festival (New York)

Production Photos of Odalys Nanin’s Marilyn – My Secret

Thanks to everyone, who came out to see MARILYN – MY SECRET at West Hollywood’s MACHA THEATRE. This dramedy received rave reviews including becoming Pick of the Week in LA WEEKLY on April 4th, 2013.

Production Photos from Odalys Nanin’s Garbo’s Cuban Lover – The Re-Imagined version

GARBO’S CUBAN LOVER – The Re-Imagined version became the August 8th, 2013 LA Weekly Pick of the Week with this fourth run, in which Monique was happy to perform. It was previously listed as being a top ten play in THE ADVOCATE and a BACKSTAGE WEST’s Critic’s Pick.