Neighbors on Larchmont Blvd. were stunned last week to learn of the death of Dan Selakovich, a twenty-year resident at the charming, classic brick building at 564 N. Larchmont Blvd.
According to his sister, Betty Casey, Selakovich suffered from depression and took his life last Tuesday. Casey, editor of the blog TulsaKids, wrote about her brother’s battle with mental illness. She will be in the neighborhood this evening at a memorial for her brother at his apartment. Friends are welcome to stop by, share stories about him and sign a book for the family.
Originally from Oklahoma, Selakovich came to Los Angeles to study at Cal Arts. According to his IMDb profile, “Selakovich spent most of his career uncredited, re-editing and sometimes directing additional scenes in troubled movies to make them a little less bad.”
“Dan was a talented editor,” said his friend and down-the-hall neighbor of 20 plus years, Duke Underwood. “Dan was quite good, he wrote some scripts, he devoted a great deal of time to working on making a short film, though I’m not sure it was ever fully finished. But he wrote an incredible book for do-it-yourselfers, on how to make your own dollies, which sold quite well.” said Underwood. “I invited him to teach a seminar to my students at USC, and they really loved him because he was so committed and passionate about showing them how to make something yourself instead of renting all the equipment.”
The book “Killer Camera Rigs That You Can Build”, which shows filmmakers how to build their own dollies, cranes, stabilizers, car mounts, etc., was published in 2003.
“Dan was well known and well loved on Larchmont where he lived with his sweet dog Silvie in the brick apartment building a few doors down from my office,” said Patti Carroll, Hollywoodland Realty, who shared the news with the Buzz. “I have known him probably since my dad died, in 2003, and had no idea any of this was going on in his life. Carl, our mailman, was in tears when he told me.”
Another neighbor, Rachel Olivier, a writer at the Larchmont Chronicle, told the Buzz that Selakovich was in the building when she moved in in 1997. She noted that Selakovich was very private in his struggle, but he was a wonderful neighbor, loved by his devoted family…and the whole building was stunned when they learned of his death.
Everyone also told the Buzz about Selakovich’s wonderful rescue dogs, Monk, who has since passed away, and now Silvie, who survives Selakovich. Olivier and Underwood shared this charming video Selakovich made with Monk, which he posted on Facebook in 2009.
Selakovich’s niece Anna provided the Buzz with the following information on the memorial planned for this evening: