Upcoming Events

CTCS-467: Television Symposium
August 21, 2017 - December 11, 2017, 7:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

This Fall 2017 semester, the School of Cinematic Arts will offer a very special course called CTCS-467: Television Symposium, a four-unit elective class open for enrollment to ALL USC STUDENTS OF ANY MAJOR that brings you face-to-face with the leading television writers, producers, directors and actors working today. Each week, students watch contemporary television programming selected from the best shows on the air, followed by an exclusive Q&A with the creative team behind the show. The class is taught by MARY MCNAMARA, Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic and cultural editor for the Los Angeles Times and meets every Monday night from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. in the Ray Stark Family Theatre at the School of Cinematic Arts Complex.

Outside the Box [Office]: Fall 2017
August 22, 2017 - December 12, 2017, Varied
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] is SCA's ongoing weekly showcase for upcoming international, documentary and independent cinema. The series draws from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain and often features recent award-winning films from Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, SXSW and Venice Film Festivals.

Virtual Graduate Information Session
September 12, 2017 - November 7, 2017, Varies
Online- Access Information Sent via Email

Join the SCA Admissions staff for an online information session to learn more about applying to the SCA graduate programs for the Fall 2018 semester.  Topics will include an overview of the school, programs and facilities, financial aid, Q&A with staff and more! Please note that access information to the online session will be sent via email the morning of the session you register for.

Virtual Undergraduate Information Session
September 19, 2017 - November 14, 2017, 3:30 PM (Pacific Standard Time)
Online - Access Information Sent Via Email

Join the SCA Admissions staff for an online information session to learn more about applying to the SCA undergraduate programs for the Fall 2018 semester.  Topics will include an overview of the school, programs and facilities, financial aid, Q&A with staff and more!

This session is for prospective freshman and transfer applicants.  Please note that access information to the online session will be sent via email the morning of the session you register for. 

On-Campus Undergraduate Transfer Student Information Session
September 22, 2017 - January 19, 2018, 1:30 PM
School of Cinematic Arts

Join the SCA Admissions staff for an information session specific to Transfer applicants.  Transfer applicants will learn more about applying to the SCA undergraduate programs for the Fall 2018 semester.  Topics will include an overview of the school, programs and facilities, Q&A with staff and more! 

Note: This information session is only open to undergraduate students looking to transfer into USC and the School of Cinematic Arts. 
 

TOM OF FINLAND
October 18, 2017, 7:00 P.M.
SCI 106, Interactive Media Building, 3470 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007

The proudly erotic drawings of artist Touko Laaksonen, known to the world as Tom of Finland, shaped the fantasies of a generation of gay men, influencing art and fashion before crossing over into the wider cultural consciousness. But who was the man behind the leather? Dome Karukoski’s stirring biopic follows his life from the trenches of WWII and repressive Finnish society of the 1950s through his struggle to get his work published in California, where he and his art were finally embraced amid the sexual revolution of the 1970s. Tom’s story is one of love, courage and perseverance, mirroring the gay liberation movement for which his leather-clad studs served as a defiant emblem.

DIY and the Micro-Budget Feature Model
October 18, 2017, 7:00 PM
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Panel Discussion and Q&A Session Moderated by Prof. Jason E. Squire

LITTLE EVIL
October 19, 2017, 7:00 PM
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

From writer/director Eli Craig (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil), Adam Scott (Big Little Lies, Parks & Rec) and Evangeline Lilly (Ant-Man, Lost) star in this offbeat comedy about love, family, and the Antichrist. Gary has just married the love of his life, Samantha, and is now the stepfather to her quirky 5-year-old son, Lucas (Owen Atlas). But he soon finds himself in increasingly odd situations around the child, which drives him to believe his new stepson may actually be the spawn of Satan.

UCFTI EXPO: 4th Annual U.S. China Film & TV Industry Expo
October 19, 2017 - October 30, 2017, All day
Los Angeles Convention Center and Regal Cinemas L.A. Live

Attend the UCFTI Expo & Film Panels. Learn how to break into the industry. Free Entry for Students.

October 19 & 20: UCFTI Expo at Los Angeles Convention Center
October 30: UCFTI Panels at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live

- Workshops & Panel Discussions
- Networking Opportunities

GOD'S OWN COUNTRY
October 20, 2017, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Johnny Saxby (Josh O'Connor) works long hours in brutal isolation on his family's remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. When a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. An intense relationship forms between the two which could change Johnny's life forever.

First Forum
October 20, 2017 - October 21, 2017, 9:30am-4pm each day
USC School of Cinematic Arts

CON + TAGION
Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Conference
uscfirstforum17.wordpress.com 

ANIMATION IS FILM Festival
October 20, 2017 - October 22, 2017, Various times
Mann's Chinese Theater Multiplex 6925 Hollywood Blvd.

ANIMATION IS FILM is a major animation festival taking place October 20-22, 2017 at the historic Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood (TCL Chinese 6 Theater). The Festival will present a highly selective showcase some of the best animated films from around the world, plus red carpet, filmmaker Q&As, special events, receptions, and both juried and audience awards.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE (Die Zauberflöte)
October 21, 2017, 12:00 P.M. - 4:10 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length German version of Mozart’s magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor’s spectacular production, which captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its noble mysticism.

2017 EYEWORKS FESTIVAL OF EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION
October 21, 2017, 3PM, 5PM, 8PM
REDCAT

The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation will present its 2017 festival at REDCAT this October. Blending an appreciation of classical animation with the sensibilities of avant-garde cinema and the visual culture of alternative comics, the Eyeworks programs showcase abstract animation and unconventional character animation.

An Evening with Claudio Caldini
October 21, 2017, 4:00 PM
The Fanny Brice Theatre, SCA 110, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

A major force of Argentine and Latin American experimental cinema for 45 years, Claudio Caldini was an active member of the "Cine Ex" group gathered at the Goethe Institut Buenos Aires between 1974 and 1983 to promote production, screening and lecturing on experimental film. Caldini is a dedicated 8mm filmmaker, performance artist, composer and curator, and he has mentored several young 8mm artists who have gained international prominence over the past decade. His small-gauge work is remarkable for its sensuality, intimacy and precision, and he has collaborated with artists in many mediums.

The Metropolitan Opera's 2017/2018 Live in HD Broadcast Screening Series
October 21, 2017 - April 28, 2018, Varied
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts, USC Thornton School of Music, USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, and the Metropolitan Opera Invite you and a guest to select broadcasts from the 2017/2018 Live in HD Broadcast Series.

THE WORK
October 24, 2017, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, The Work follows three men from outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. The raw and revealing process that the incarcerated men undertake exceeds the expectations of the free men, ripping them out of their comfort zones and forcing them to see themselves and the prisoners in unexpected ways. The Work offers a powerful and rare look past the cinder block walls, steel doors and the dehumanizing tropes in our culture to reveal a movement of change and redemption that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

An Evening with Hirokazu Kore-eda and NOBODY KNOWS (2004)
October 25, 2017, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Four siblings live happily with their mother in a small apartment in Tokyo. The children all have different fathers and have never been to school. The very existence of three of them has been hidden from the landlord. One day, the mother leaves behind a little money and a note, charging her oldest boy to look after the others. And so begins the children's odyssey, a journey nobody knows. Though engulfed by the cruel fate of abandonment, the four children do their best to survive in their own little world, devising and following their own set of rules. When they are forced to engage with the world outside their cocooned universe, the fragile balance that has sustained them collapses.

THE SQUARE
October 26, 2017, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is "The Square", an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for "The Square". The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

The Actor's Director: A Creative Workshop for Directors, Actors, and Writers
October 28, 2017 - October 29, 2017, 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
The Michelle & Kevin Douglas IMAX Theater, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

There is that rare breed of Director that just “knows” how to get the best out of the actor -- giving them a sense of freedom, inspiring courage, and bringing clarity. The challenge in collaborative storytelling is learning to speak the same language, and finding ways to bring out the best in each other. Taught by two established artists with decades in the business, actor/director Sheryl Lee and actor/writer/director Gary Hershberger discovered that there was an opportunity for growth in the way actors and directors think about each other, how they explore the process, and in turn how they have conversations about the craft.

Movies We Love and AACS Present: LOVE & BASKETBALL (2000)
October 29, 2017, 6:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

From the playground to the pro leagues, Monica and Quincy taught each other how to play the game. Now, their commitment to the sport will force them to make a choice between each other and the game...between family and team...between love and basketball.

SCA Network Halloween Bash
October 29, 2017, 8:00 P.M.
Wood & Vine, 6280 Hollywood Boulevard

Join the SCA Network as we celebrate Halloween with a bang! Watch clips from your favorite alumni Halloween shows, delight in the best of Halloween tunes, and mix with other members of the SCA Network, all dressed as your favorite character from film, television or interactive.

THE OTHER KIDS
October 30, 2017, 7:30 P.M.
The Ron Howard Screening Room, RZC 111, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

A raw, intimate look into the struggles of six small-town teens on the verge of high school graduation, The Other Kids is a groundbreaking hybrid of fiction & non-fiction in which real teenagers collaborated with director Chris Brown to tell their own gripping, personal stories. Shot without a script over the course of 18 months, The Other Kids was fueled by the teenaged actors’ real-life feelings, experiences and struggles. The result is an intimate and honest glimpse into the life of the American teen.

MY FRIEND DAHMER
October 31, 2017, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys in the American Midwest, becoming one of history’s most infamous serial killers. This is the story before that story. Jeff (Disney Channel’s Ross Lynch) is an awkward teenager struggling to make it through high school with a family life in ruins. His bizarre behavior at school attracts unexpected friends, a group of band-nerds who form The Dahmer Fan Club, headed by Derf Backderf (Alex Wolff, Patriots Day). But as they near graduation, Jeff’s depravity continues to take hold, and he spirals further out of control. Based on Backderf’s critically acclaimed 2012 graphic novel and written for the screen and directed by Marc Meyers, My Friend Dahmer is the haunting, sad, funny, true story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school.

BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE)
November 1, 2017, 7:00 P.M.
SCI 106, Interactive Media Building, 3470 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007

In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. The organization is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.

Reunion Weekend 2017: Special Screening Presentation of THOR: RAGNAROK
November 2, 2017, 7:00 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Join us for Reunion Weekend as we celebrate undergraduate classes reaching their 50th, 40th, 30th, 25th, 20th, 15th and 10th-year anniversaries. Relive Trojan memories, celebrate Homecoming and support USC with your class, family and friends.

HANDLE WITH CARE
November 2, 2017, 7:00 PM
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Kjetil, a Norwegian offshore worker, is a recent widower now left alone to take care of his adopted son, Daniel. Unable to deal with his single-parent role, Kjetil decides to bring Daniel back to Colombia, where a taxi driver helps him look for the biological mother.

THE UNCONDEMNED
November 13, 2017, 7:30 P.M.
The Ron Howard Screening Room, RZC 111, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The Uncondemned is a riveting documentary about an underdog group of lawyers and activists who defied the odds to do what had never been done: prosecute rape as an international war crime. In 1997, the young men and women at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found themselves inexplicably in charge of the first case of genocide in history. Underfunded, understaffed and overwhelmed, they faced incredible hurdles as they pursued their first case against a small town mayor. Crimes of war and against humanity had not been prosecuted since 1946, and surviving witnesses feared for their lives. And then, based on a last minute revelation, the prosecuting team amended the charge to include rape. Three heroic women would overcome their fears and shame to speak for all those who could not. Secret memos, witness assassinations, setbacks and barriers – The Uncondemned captures the untold, remarkable story that changed the course of international judicial history.

A Behind-the-Scenes Presentation of Disney•Pixar's COCO with Byron Bashforth, Character Shading Lead
November 14, 2017, 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

Censored Women's Film Festival
November 14, 2017 - November 16, 2017, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

A Film Festival & Summit to Give Voice to the Voiceless.

CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium
January 11, 2018 - May 3, 2018, 6:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

This Spring 2018 semester, the School of Cinematic Arts will offer a very special course called CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium, a four-unit elective class open for enrollment to ALL USC STUDENTS OF ANY MAJOR that brings you face-to-face with leading film directors, writers, producers, and actors working today. Each week, students watch sneak previews of upcoming Hollywood movies, followed by an exclusive Q&A with the creative team behind the film. The class is taught by film critic LEONARD MALTIN and meets every Thursday night from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. in the Frank Sinatra Hall at the Norris Cinema Theatre Complex.