Stacey Sher’s Office Digs a Monument of Memorabilia

Stacey Sher’s airy office, in the sunny corner of a 10,000-sq.-ft. warehouse located in an industrial stretch of Burbank, is the kind of calming, loft-like space one doesn’t necessarily associate with L.A., or Hollywood for that matter. The overall property is principally the home of the Six01 Artists Collective, of which her husband, record producer Kerry Brown, is a member, and it’s so sprawling it can accommodate exhibits, parties, fund-raisers and even the bar mitzvah of Stacey and Kerry’s son Tyler. Sher, producer of such films as “Get Shorty,” “Django Unchained” and the upcoming “The Hateful Eight,” has been associated with Quentin Tarantino dating back to before his feature debut, “Reservoir Dogs” (1992), was unveiled at Sundance, when she and her then-partners at Jersey Films, Danny DeVito and Michael Shamberg, made a blind deal with the director to executive-produce his second film, which turned out to be “Pulp Fiction.”

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Sher has been the beneficiary of several gifts from Tarantino over the years, many of which are on display in her office, including cans of actual film from movies she produced, such as “Erin Brockovich” and “Living Out Loud” (“Quentin bought them for me through the years when he saw them come up at auction”), and the European one-sheet of the “The Fisher King” (“he brought it back from England when he was writing ‘Pulp Fiction’”).

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Sher’s headquarters is a hodgepodge of lived-in furniture, including a pair of recovered mid-century chairs inherited from a movie, and “a couch from my husband’s recording studio, so there are cigarette burns from rock musicians.” Another desk sits adjacent to Sher’s, and an 80-inch TV is used to screen works in progress and such. “We work in a really communal way,” says Sher, “that’s why there’s multiple desks in here.”

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Sher admits to being a pack rat, and her walls are covered with all manner of movie memorabilia and other highly personal items, including posters of the two movies that most influenced her, “A Clockwork Orange” and “Raging Bull”; a Japanese poster of “Annie Hall” given to her by Zach Braff (“Garden State”); a 1979 poster touting Muhammad Ali’s final appearance in the ring, signed by the champ himself, which was a gift from Steven Soderbergh; cartoonish drawings by the artist Gary Baseman and animator-filmmaker Terry Gilliam, and the original, non-airbrushed one-sheet photo for “Reality Bites” by noted rock photographer-director Anton Corbijn.

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