Loren Kelly Schroeder, widely known in the film industry as one of the best and most popular first assistant directors, died May 26th at his home in Santa Monica of heart failure. He was 51 years old.
Schroeder’s career, spanned 28 years and 21 feature films, including Graffiti Bridge and the Sundance-award-winning Pow Wow Highway, over 300 commercials, and 100 music videos. He had been a member of the Directors Guild of America since 1986.
Schroeder trained many of the AD’s working in Hollywood today. He was born in Medford, Oregon, on August 31st, 1956. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him. He is survived by his two sons, Sam and Will Schroeder, by his parents Robert and Della Schroeder, three brothers (Michael, Steve and Barry), and four sisters (Teresa, Lillian, Tricia and Sarah).
Schroeder was laid to rest in his home town of Payette, Idaho, where he’s still regarded as a star high school basketball player, at Rosedale Memorial Gardens. Filmmakers, friends and family will be celebrating his life with a sunset memorial gathering on Saturday, June 21st, 6:00 p.m., at the water’s edge on the Pacific Ocean at the end of Rose Street in Venice, California. For information, call 323-960- 2020 or email: [email protected]. Donations in his memory may be made to: Syringa Bank, 1028 W. Main St., Middleton, ID 83644; FBO Sam and Will Schroeder Acct # 0502005937.