Upcoming Events

The Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD Screening Series
November 13, 2016 - April 29, 2017, Varied
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex (NCT), 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 to select broadcasts from the 2016/2017 Live in HD Broadcast Series.

Outside the Box [Office]: Spring 2017
January 9, 2017 - May 12, 2017, Times Vary
USC School of Cinematic Arts

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.

DONALD CRIED
February 21, 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

Director/writer/star Kris Avedisian expertly deconstructs the contemporary obsession with the "man-child" in this darkly funny story about former childhood best friends who reconnect decades later in their working-class Rhode Island neighborhood. Peter Latang (Jesse Wakeman) left his childhood home of Warwick, Rhode Island to reinvent himself as a slick, Wall Street mover and shaker. When he's suddenly forced to return home to bury his grandmother, he loses his wallet on the trip and ends up at loose ends. Stranded and broke, Peter looks to the only person he can think of to help him out- his next door neighbor and former childhood friend Donald (played by Avedisian). The ever-eccentric Donald hasn't changed a bit, and what starts as a simple favor turns into along and unhinged van ride into their past. Painfully awkward moments and increasingly bizarre – and dangerous – hijinks ensue, as the friends rediscover their stifled aggression and teenaged rebelliousness. Avedisian’s pitch-perfect first feature is a brilliant twist on the family-reunion melodrama and the classic buddy comedy.

"When We Rise" ABC miniseries screening
February 21, 2017, 7:00pm
SCA 112

An advanced screening of the ABC miniseries "When We Rise," presented by Queer Cut.

I THINK YOU'RE TOTALLY WRONG: A QUARREL
February 22, 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

Academy Award nominee James Franco (127 Hours), New York Times bestselling author David Shields (Reality Hunger), and failed artist Caleb Powell collaborate to create an unusually raw, risky, brave, provocative film, I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel. The buddy movie to end all buddy movies. My Dinner with André, with more urgency. The Trip, without the four-star meals. Sideways, minus the profound antipathy toward Merlot.

THE EXILES (1961)
February 23, 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

The Exiles, a feature-length documentary portrayal of Native Americans living near LA’s Skid Row provides a remarkable glimpse into the daily reality of their lives. Filmed in the late 1950s, The Exiles reflected the growing alienation of many young Americans at the time. From the perspective of more than half a century, The Exiles raises still-pertinent questions about the nature of contemporary urban poverty. The loss of community, of stable relationships now even more endemic than it was in the 1950s, these portrayals may help us redefine the poverty around us in broader and more meaningful terms than simple economic deprivation. Now deemed a “classic” by the Library of Congress, The Exiles is also celebrated as a notable cinematic achievement of the period and an early example of what came to be known as Cinéma Vérité.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Presented in IMAX
February 24, 2017, 1:00pm
Michelle & Kevin Douglas IMAX Theater, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Former scientist Galen Erso lives on a farm with his wife and young daughter Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic takes him away from his beloved family. Many years later, Galen is now the Empire's lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Knowing that her father holds the key to its destruction, a vengeful Jyn joins forces with a spy and other resistance fighters to steal the space station's plans for the Rebel Alliance.
 

A Conversation with John Knoll '84 Presented by the Large Format Cinema Club and SCFX
February 24, 2017, 4:00pm
Michelle & Kevin Douglas IMAX Theater, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

JOHN KNOLL is an American visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer (CCO) at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). One of the original creators of Adobe Photoshop (along with his brother, Thomas Knoll), he has also worked as visual effects supervisor on the Star Wars prequels and the 1997 special editions of the original trilogy. He also served as ILM's visual effects supervisor for Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact, as well as the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Along with Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and Allen Hall, Knoll and the trio’s work on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest earned them the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. He is nominated for a 2017 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work on Rogue One.

A Conversation with Gareth Edwards, Director of ROGUE ONE
February 24, 2017, 5:15pm
Michelle & Kevin Douglas IMAX Theater, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Gareth Edwards is a Welsh film director, film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, production designer, and visual effects artist. He first gained widespread recognition for Monsters (2010), an independent film in which he served as writer, director, cinematographer, and visual effects artist. He subsequently directed the 2014 reboot of Godzilla, and the epic space opera film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), the first in the Star Wars Anthology series.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY presented in IMAX followed by Q&A with Gareth Edwards, John Knoll '84 & Chris Weitz
February 24, 2017, 7:00PM
Michelle & Kevin Douglas IMAX Theater, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Former scientist Galen Erso lives on a farm with his wife and young daughter Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic takes him away from his beloved family. Many years later, Galen is now the Empire's lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Knowing that her father holds the key to its destruction, a vengeful Jyn joins forces with a spy and other resistance fighters to steal the space station's plans for the Rebel Alliance.
 

Antonín Dvorák's RUSALKA
February 25, 2017, 10:00 A.M. - 1:40 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvorák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts.

THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT
February 27, 2017, 7:00 P.M.
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The Ottoman Lieutenant is the first movie to explore the eastern front of World War I, and tells the story of a beautiful, strong-willed woman (Hera Hilmar), who, frustrated by ongoing injustice at home, leaves the United States after meeting Jude, an American doctor (Josh Hartnett) who runs a remote medical mission within the Ottoman Empire — a world both exotic and dangerous, and on the brink of what is about to become the first World War. There, she finds her loyalty to Jude and the mission’s founder, (Ben Kingsley) tested when she falls in love with a lieutenant in the Ottoman Imperial Army (Michiel Huisman). Now, with invading army forces at their doorstep, and the world about to plunge into all-out war, she must decide if she wants to be what other people want her to be, or to be herself.

Gillo Pontecorvo's THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966)
February 28, 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

Join the USC Dornsife Middle East Studies Program and the USC School of Cinematic Arts in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers. Sohail Daulatzai, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and African American Studies at UC Irvine, will present his book Fifty Years of The Battle of Algiers: Past as Prologue following a screening of the film. Olivia Harrison, Assistant Professor of French and Italian and Middle East Studies, will moderate. The talk will expound on the legacy and influence the film has had on power and politics and anti-imperial struggles around the globe, from the Black Power and Chicano movements in the US to the Palestinian liberation movement and IRA abroad.

UNDERGROUND Season 2 World Premiere
February 28, 2017, 7:30 P.M.
Regency Village Theatre, 961 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

With the country on the brink of Civil War, the struggle for freedom is more dangerous than ever. Underground tells the story of American heroes and their harrowing journey to freedom, with legendary Harriet Tubman blazing the trail.

THE LURE
March 1, 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

In this bold, genre-defying horror-musical mashup — the playful and confident debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska — a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters are drawn ashore in an alternate '80s Poland to explore the wonders and temptations of life on land. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly aura make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit fantasy world of Smoczynska's imagining. In a visceral twist on Hans Christian Andersen's original Little Mermaid tale, one sister falls for a human, and as the bonds of sisterhood are tested, the lines between love and survival get blurred. A savage coming-of-age fairytale with a catchy new-wave soundtrack, lavishly grimy sets, and outrageous musical numbers, The Lure explores its themes of sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with energy and originality.

RAW
March 6, 2017, 7:00 P.M.
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Everyone in Justine’s family is a vet. And a vegetarian. At 16, she’s a brilliant and promising student. When she starts at veterinary school, she enters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world. During the first week of hazing rituals, desperate to fit in whatever the cost, she strays from her family’s principles when she eats raw meat for the first time. Justine will soon face the terrible and unexpected consequences of her actions as her true self begins to emerge…

USC Comedy Presents: An Evening with Pete Holmes and HBO's CRASHING
March 7, 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

Pete is a sheltered suburbanite who is married to his childhood sweetheart and dreams of making it as a stand-up comedian. But when he finds out his wife is cheating on him, Pete’s world unravels, forcing him to reevaluate his priorities. Pete flees to the New York comedy scene, where he crashes on other people’s couches, learning hard lessons about life and himself in the process.

SHE STARTED IT
March 22, 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

She Started It gives a new face to the popular image of the tech entrepreneur: a female face. Following five women over two years as they pitch VCs, build teams, bring products to market, fail and start again, She Started It takes viewers on a global roller coaster ride from San Francisco to Mississippi, France and Vietnam. Along the way, it weaves in big-picture perspectives from women like investor Joanne Wilson; White House CTO Megan Smith; GoldieBlox CEO Debbie Sterling; and Ruchi Sanghvi, the first female engineer at Facebook.

THE DEVIL'S MISTRESS
March 30, 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

She turned down Hollywood to become Goebbels' lover: Lida Baarová Berlin, 1934. It's the dream of everyone involved in filmmaking: to work at the "Hollywood of Europe," the Babelsberg Film Studios outside of Berlin. Though already well-known in her native Czechoslovakia, ambitious young Czech actress Lida Baarová has just obtained her first screen role in a major feature film. She knows she can only make a career in the Reich; but she doesn't yet know the price she will have to pay...

First Frame 2017 SAVE-THE-DATE
April 21, 2017, 7:30pm
Directors Guild of America

You are invited to First Frame 2017, the Annual USC Student  Animation & Digital Arts Screening at the Directors Guild of America. Presenting all forms of animation--experimental and character, hand-drawn, stop motion, digital 2D and 3D, installation and virtual reality!

Save-the Date! FIRST FRAME 2017
April 21, 2017, 7:30pm
Directors Guild of America

Announcing First Frame 2017, the Annual USC Student  Animation & Digital Arts Screening at the Directors Guild of America. Presenting all forms of animation--experimental and character, hand-drawn, stop motion, digital 2D and 3D, installation and virtual reality!