Upcoming Events

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.

Anarchy in Asian America: Sex, Punk, and Transgressive Cinema
March 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

Gregg Araki, Roddy Bogawa, Marcus Hu, and Jon Moritsugu—the “bad boys” of Asian American cinema—have exploded notions of identity and identification through a radicalized indie-film aesthetic inspired as much by the anything-goes energy of the underground music scene as by the formalist experimentations of directors like Godard. Join us for a panel discussion and concert exploring how indie cinema has been transformed by their punk-influenced, sexually and artistically transgressive, DIY filmmaking.

GRADUATION
March 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

Romeo Aldea (49), a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad. His plan is close to succeeding – Eliza has got a scholarship to study psychology in UK. She just has to pass her final exams – a formality for such a good student. On the day prior to her first written exam, an incident jeopardizes Eliza’s departure. Now Romeo has to make a decision. There are ways of solving the problem, but none of them using the principles he, as a father, has taught his daughter.

SLEIGHT
March 29, 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 young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents’ passing and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her.

Czech That Film 2017 Presents: 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...

Latent Memory: Present Visions of Latin American Political Past - Animation Screening, Panel, + Animation Workshop
March 31, 2017, 7:00pm-10:00pm
Norris Theatre

The post-colonial histories of Latin American countries have been characterized by periods of violence, censorship, discrimination, and loss of memory of the recent past. How do artists live and create in societies that are inherently defined by human catastrophes? A screening and discussion of short animated films from Latin America will reveal how animation is being used as a tool for sociopolitical engagement. Participants include PATRICIO PLAZA of the Argentinean duo Grasso & Plaza and Colombian filmmakers CARLOS GOMEZ SALAMANCA, JUAN CAMILO GONZÁLEZ, and SIMÓN WILCHES-CASTRO.  
RELATED EVENT:  DATA-DRIVEN ANIMATION WORKSHOP
Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 10 a.m.
School of Cinematic Arts (SCB), Room 102
RSVP:  visionsandvoices.usc.edu
Organized by Hench-DADA Professors Sheila M. Sofian and Lisa Mann

Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA
April 1, 2017, 12:00 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

"Traviata shines anew at the Met" (Huffington Post), as Sonya Yoncheva "grows into her stardom” (New York Times) as the courtesan Violetta opposite Michael Fabiano’s "white-hot take" (New York Observer) on her lover, Alfredo. Thomas Hampson is his father, Germont. In later performances, Carmen Giannattasio sings the title role opposite Atalla Ayan, with the great Plácido Domingo as Germont.

The Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD Screening Series
April 1, 2017 - 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.

COLOSSAL
April 2, 2017, 3:00 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

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work party girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.

STARLESS DREAMS
April 2, 2017, 6:30 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

A stark testimonial of the previously unseen and unheard, award-winning Starless Dreams plunges us into the lives of young teenage girls sharing temporary quarters at a rehabilitation and correction center on the outskirts of Tehran. An unforgettable cinematic portrayal of restored innocence and humanity Starless Dreams is the last installment of the groundbreaking documentary trilogy Youth Behind Bars: The Iran Trilogy.

A HEARTBEAT AWAY
April 3, 2017, 7:00 P.M.
SCI 106, Interactive Media Building, 3470 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Six-year-old Julius is brought to a hospital in Tanzania in critical condition and Dr. Akiva Tamir, an Israeli cardiologist, must make the gut-wrenching decision of whether or not to operate on Julius, given his bleak prospects for survival. Dr. Tamir and his team perform life saving cardiac operations in Tanzania, a country where five children die each day of untreated heart conditions. This documentary recounts the often painful decisions the doctors have to make on a daily basis as to which children will ultimately be treated and which will not. A Heartbeat Away takes us on a journey as the team of doctors are forced time after time to make the ultimate decision about the destiny of these children.

USC Comedy Presents: 30th Anniversary Screening of HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE (1987)
April 4, 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

This satirical look at the ambivalent relationship between Hollywood power brokers and African-American performers marked the writing, producing, and directing debut of Robert Townsend. The filmmaker also stars as Bobby Taylor, a struggling actor looking for his big break despite his family's and co-workers' reservations about his chosen career path. While working a day job flipping burgers, Bobby heads out to insulting cattle calls where white casting agents pass judgment on whether he seems "black enough." Meanwhile, he imagines himself playing Sam Spade, Rambo, and other movie heroes rather than the stereotypical roles actually available to him. When Bobby actually does win one such pimp-daddy part, however, he is forced to choose between accepting work that opens doors, but ultimately demeans him and returning to obscurity with his principles intact.

ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
April 5, 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

Many of us know the freedom of our twenties—unfettered by responsibilities or mortality, inventing ourselves in the rush of the moment. All These Sleepless Nights viscerally summons that feeling, chronicling life across two Warsaw summers when students Kris and Michal resolve to experience life to the limit. After Kris, our sensitive yet perpetually inquisitive hero, breaks up with his long-time girlfriend, anything seems possible. He and Michal, handsome and wide-eyed, roam the metropolis at night, floating from encounter to encounter, with only instinct and desire as their captain. As they chain-smoke, drink, and party with abandon, big ideas are as palpable as the romance and sex in the air.

THE BIG FLIP: STORIES FROM THE MODERN HOME FRONT
April 6, 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

There’s been a shift. 40% of American working wives now out-earn their husbands. That number is projected to keep climbing, with more women earning college degrees than men now, and young women’s ambitions for high-paying jobs outstripping young men’s. By 2028, women are projected not just to close the income gap with men—but to reverse it and out-earn men on average. But how do all these social shifts translate into the home, inside the bedroom?

Admitted Graduate Student Event
April 7, 2017, 12:00 pm
SCA Century Fox Stage 3

This is a welcome event for our newly admitted Graduate students for the Fall 2017 semester.

The Actor's Director: Part 3 -- A Creative Workshop for Directors, Actors, and Writers
April 8, 2017, 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
The Michelle & Kevin Douglas IMAX Theater, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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. This workshop opens up deeper understanding of how artists can interact with each other, and move from controlling a performance… to finding the moment-to-moment truth together. We will explore creative techniques such as staying present, the magic of silence, the art of connecting, the power of vulnerability -- learning to understand not only the intentions of a script, but the language of the heart.

TRUMAN
April 9, 2017, 2:30 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

Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Julián (Ricardo Darín, 2009’s Academy Award®-winning The Secret in Their Eyes) has decided to forgo treatment, and spend his final days tying up loose ends. When childhood friend Tomás (Javier Cámara, Talk to Her) pays his ailing friend an unexpected visit, he quickly realizes he won’t be able to change his mind. In what will be their final reunion, the two friends set out to finalize Julián’s funeral arrangements, settle his accounts and, most importantly, find a home for his beloved dog, Truman, in this heartfelt and surprisingly humorous film.

FREE FIRE
April 10, 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

Set in a colorful yet gritty 1970s Boston, Free Fire opens with Justine (Oscar® winner Brie Larson), a mysterious American businesswoman, and her wise-cracking associate Ord (Armie Hammer) arranging a black-market weapons deal in a deserted warehouse between IRA arms buyer Chris (Cillian Murphy) and shifty South African gun runner Vernon (Sharlto Copley). What starts as a polite if uneasy exchange soon goes south when tensions escalate and shots are fired, quickly leading to a full-on Battle Royale where it’s every man (and woman) for themselves.

5th Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival Opening Night Film: EMBER
April 11, 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

When her husband Cemal is arrested in Romania, Emine is left alone with their child, who needs immediate surgery. She takes a job as a needle worker at a garment workshop, where she comes across Ziya—her husband's former boss. He can't stay indifferent when he learns what the woman he once fancied is going through. When Cemal returns months later, he finds Emine working at the garment workshop and their son healthy. A hospital bill he accidentally sees reveals that Ziya has paid for the surgery and Emine hid this fact. Will Cemal, who already blames Ziya for what he went through and is extremely jealous of Emine, be able to confront this situation or choose to ignore it?

5th Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival Presents: ALBÜM
April 12, 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

Bahar and Cuneyt are an average middle-class couple with beliefs, dreams and preoccupations of their provincial urban environment. A child would complete their perfect lifestyle image, but adoption can be a long bureaucratic process, especially for picky parents. However, persistence and the right connections pay off. The proud couple goes all the way with the family history façade by staging snapshots in the hospital with their adopted baby boy.

5th Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival Presents: SOUR APPLES
April 14, 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 Antalya, 40-year old Muazzez is taking out her eighty-year old father, who suffers from Alzheimer's, to the neighborhood park. Apparently, there is a group of regular visitors in the park. Muazzez and her father are among these regulars. At a religious meeting she attends in her neighborhood, Muazzez hears that everyone is questioned by two terrifying angels of inquiry when they die. If one fails to answer, he or she is sent to hell. Muazzez becomes anxious about her father’s weakening memory. He must absolutely remember who he is. Then, he needs to be told. So Muazzez starts telling the story of their family beginning in a magnificent apple orchard in Hakkari during the late 1970's and shares their journey, which end in Antalya in 1990s.

5th Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival Closing Night Film: MEMORIES OF THE WIND
April 15, 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

As a non-muslim journalist, who publishes a newspaper criticizing the government, Aram has a little printing press in Istanbul. Hatred against foreigners intensifies during World War II and Aram and his newspaper get affected. After failing to pay the newly enforced taxes targeting non-muslims, Aram decides to flee to escape imprisonment with the help of  his friend. Before he is able to reach the Soviet Georgia’s border, he finds a hut in the woods of Black Sea region. As he patiently waits to cross the border, he keeps writing and drawing to remember his past. It feels like this exile is never going to end.

LET IT FALL: L.A. 1982-1992
April 17, 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

A two-hour documentary that explores the city-wide violence that began April 29, 1992, when the verdict was announced in the Rodney King case. Let It Fall delves beyond the conflict between law enforcement and the black community to look at tensions across the city as a whole; it traces the roots of the civil unrest to a decade before the uprising. The documentary features exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses and people directly involved in the events from diverse neighborhoods across the city, including black, white, Hispanic, Korean and Japanese Americans.

iMappening 2017
April 18, 2017 - April 24, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
SCI Lobby and SCA Stage 4

An exhibition of works-in-progress from Media Arts + Practice PhD candidates.
 

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!

DGA Student Open House & Networking Lunch
April 22, 2017, 10:00 AM
7920 Sunset Boulevard, Theater 2; Los Angeles, CA 90046

Learn about the DGA and get valuable career information from working directors.

BREAKING POINT: THE WAR FOR DEMOCRACY IN UKRAINE
April 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

An intimate look at the war and revolution in Ukraine through the eyes of ordinary people who risked their lives to create a more democratic, equitable, and independent country. Our principal characters are a children’s theater director, a doctor, a rabbi, a TV journalist, an investigative reporter, and a lawyer turned medic and her soldier husband. Their lives were transformed by the tumultuous, three-month revolution on the Maidan, which ended in the death of 123 protestors and the flight of corrupt President Viktor Yanukovych.

RHYTHMS+VISIONS / EXPANDED+LIVE 3 Friday April 28th!!
April 28, 2017, 7:45 PM - Midnight
School of Cinematic Arts Park, Stage 4, and Surrounding Spaces

Rhythms + Visions / Expanded + Live 3 will light up the outdoor spaces of the USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex in an evening of large-scale projection and live music, interactive animation, projection mapping, animated inflatables, and virtual reality.