The John H. Lamensdorf Memorial Trust

The John H. Lamensdorf Memorial Trust was created to insure that student filmmakers, musicians, writers and literature lovers would be able to experience important educational opportunities otherwise not available to them. We feel it is the most fitting tribute to John’s legacy.

We will focus our financial support on NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ senior thesis films (with an emphasis on safety in filmmaking), The New York Film Academy, The National Guitar Workshop and national and international creative writing and literature programs. However, we are open to reviewing any student request for support in an arts’ domain.

You can assist us in our fundraising efforts by making a donation directly to John’s trust or by purchasing a Tee shirt created just for the purpose of fundraising.

Every cent of every donation will be used to sponsor extraordinary student activities.

We have some exciting ideas for future fundraising and will keep you apprised of them through our blog. Please share any ideas you may have as well!





Katie Maguire, dear friend of John’s, asked Sara Blake, artist extraordinaire, to adapt a photo of John so that it could be used on a Tee shirt to be sold to support his trust.

If you knew John, you knew that his Tee shirts spoke of his favorite musicians, movies and just simply great directives such as “Make Pizza, Not War,” a personal favorite of his. Katie’s idea was so perfectly suited to John.

Sara created two designs from two photographs. We selected the one with John in a cowboy hat – it captures his gaze so beautifully. We know you’ll find Sara’s videos of her creative process breathtaking.

We look forward to designing many more Tee shirts. Thank you Sara and Katie!

Katie Maguire is a multi-media artist specializing in film, photo and sound design. In May, 2009, Katie graduated from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, with a BFA in Film and Television Production. Since graduation, Katie has worked as a freelance production assistant for an art show airing on Bravo TV in the spring. She has also apprenticed at a finishing house in Midtown, Manhattan. Currently, Katie is working at a boutique development and production company in NYC. In her spare time, Katie continues to edit music videos and short films, work in production and write content for her novella.

Sara Blake (aka ZSO) is an Interactive Art Director, Designer and Illustrator in NYC. Sara graduated with honors from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Graphic Art and Postmodern Studies. Sara was featured in Yen Magazine as one of 120 of “the most exciting female graphic designers and illustrators” from 39 countries around the world in 2009. Sara is currently working at EuroRSCG focusing on digital design and will be having her first solo gallery show at Friends of Leon Gallery in Sydney, Australia in September 2010.

You must visit Sara’s website (hellozso.com) to experience the breadth of her talent – it is just simply extraordinary.