Upcoming Events

50 YEARS OF PLANET OF THE APES
January 1, 2018 - May 13, 2018, Varied
The Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts has partnered with 20th Century Fox Film to host an exclusive exhibit and retrospective celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Planet of the Apes franchise titled 50 Years of Planet of the Apes. A vast collection of props, costumes, photos, posters and artwork from across all iterations of the longstanding franchise will be on display in the Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall at USC from January 26, 2018 through May 13, 2018. A series of panels and screenings will complement the exhibit, including all feature films from the Planet of the Apes universe.

On-Campus SCA Information Session
January 7, 2018 - May 31, 2018, 11:00 AM
USC School of Cinematic Arts

This information session is available for prospective applicants interested in the undergraduate and/or graduate programs at the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA).  The session begins with a presentation discussing the SCA programs, admissions processes and available facilities at the school -- an opportunity for Q & A will also be given.

Outside the Box [Office]: Spring 2018
January 31, 2018 - May 9, 2018, Varied
Varied

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. All screenings are free of charge and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. All screenings will be OVERBOOKED to ensure capacity.

BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES (1970) & ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES (1971)
February 20, 2018, 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 the acclaimed sequel to Planet of the Apes, another astronaut (James Franciscus) crashes through the time barrier searching for the missing Taylor (Charlton Heston). The daring rescue leads to a subterranean city where mutant humans, who practice mind control, worship a weapon capable of destroying the entire planet. Both an action-oriented science-fiction adventure and a wry commentary on today's world, it's imaginative entertainment for fantasy buffs of all ages.

THE MESSAGE (1976)
February 21, 2018, 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 the 7th century, Mohammed, Peace Be Upon Him, is visited by Angel Gabriel who urges him to lead the people of Mecca and worship God. But they're exiled in Medina before returning to Mecca to take up arms against their oppressors and liberate their city in the name of God (Allah).

Our Voices: Kelley Kali Chatman, Garcelle Beauvais, Lisa Wilson, Victor Pourcel
February 21, 2018, 7:00PM
SCI 106, Interactive Media Building, 3470 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007

The SCA Council on Diversity & Inclusion, in collaboration with the Media Institute for Social Change (MISC), presents The Making of Lalo's House: Screening and Panel Discussion.

SCA alum Kelley Kali Chatman’s thesis film Lalo’s House is the story of 14-year old Manouchka who is kidnapped into prostitution in Haiti with her sister Phara, and the immense sacrifices she makes to preserve her little sister’s innocence. Chatman traveled with a crew of fellow SCA students to film in Haiti. The film was executive produced by Lisa Wilson and Garcelle Beauvais, who also stars as the story’s villain, a seemingly-helpful nun. Hear about the obstacles they had to overcome to bring this true story to the screen (funding was the least of it!!). And what they are doing to turn this into a feature that shines a light on the horrors of child trafficking. 

The John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television Presents...an Afternoon with Academy Award Nominated Producers
February 22, 2018, 4:30pm
SCI 106

The John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television presents an afternoon with award nominated producers Lisa Bruce, Emma Thomas and Joanne Sellar

NOT WITHOUT NERVE
February 22, 2018, 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

The untold story of filmmaker Moustapa Akkad's epic quest to make The Message, the film that would foster peace between the East and West. Powerful kings and governments opposed him, armies and storms surrounded his crew, and hostages where held at gunpoint; all to keep his story of peace, silent.

USC Alumni at HollyShorts Monthly Screening
February 22, 2018, 7:00 PM
Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA, 90028

USC School of Cinematic Arts Industry Relations and Hollyshorts Film Festival presents Short Films by Award-Winning USC Alumni Filmmakers.

Festival & Distribution: General Strategy Sessions
February 22, 2018 - May 1, 2018, Varies
School of Cinematic Arts, SCA 255

School of Cinematic Arts Industry Relations presents monthly Festival & Distribution General Strategy Group Sessions. Learn how the first steps in preparing to submit to film festivals, strategic ways to apply to festivals, and get your general festival questions answered.

LAST MEN IN ALEPPO
February 23, 2018, 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

Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 90th Academy Awards and winner of the Grand Jury documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad’s breathtaking work — a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage — follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization consisting of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes and attacks in the hope of saving lives. Incorporating moments of both heart-pounding suspense and improbable beauty, the documentary draws us into the lives of three of its founders — Khaled, Subhi, and Mahmoud — as they grapple with the chaos around them and struggle with an ever-present dilemma: do they flee or stay and fight for their country?

Giacomo Puccini's LA BOHÈME
February 24, 2018, 9:30 A.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production. Sonya Yoncheva plays the role of the fragile Mimì, with Michael Fabiano as the poet Rodolfo.

The Metropolitan Opera's 2017/2018 Live in HD Broadcast Screening Series
February 24, 2018 - 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.

Hindered Bodies: Media Arts + Practice PhD Exhibition
February 26, 2018 - March 2, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
SCA Gallery (SCA 120)

An exhibition of works-in-progress from Media Arts + Practice PhD students Sarah Ciston, Fidelia Lam and Lisa Müller-Trede, and Animation MFA student Ana Carolina Estarita Guerrero.

OH LUCY!
February 26, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
SCI 106, Interactive Media Building, 3470 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Oh Lucy! follows Setsuko, (Shinobu Terajima, in an Independent Spirit Award-nominated performance), a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo. At least until she's convinced by her niece, Mika (Shioli Kutsuna, Deadpool 2), to enroll in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named "Lucy". The new identity awakens something dormant in Setsuko, and she quickly develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett, Showtime's Penny Dreadful).  When John suddenly disappears from class, Setsuko travels halfway around the world in search of him, and in the outskirts of Southern California, family ties and past lives are tested as she struggles to preserve the dream and promise of "Lucy".

FOXTROT
February 27, 2018, 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

Michael and Dafna are devastated when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life's unfathomable twists, which rival the surreal military experiences of his son.

Our Voices: Mundo Sisters & Free the Bid
February 27, 2018, 7:00PM
The Fanny Brice Theatre, SCA 110, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Sibling filmmakers Nadine Mundo and Rena Mundo Croshere make cinematic branded content for some of the world's best known companies. As the owners of Mundo Sisters, their own independent production company they wear hats as artists and entrepreneurs. They will speak about the benefits and difficulties of juggling these two roles and their participation in "Free the Bid," the initiative to encourage ad agencies and the companies they work for to include women in the bidding process for lucrative marketing campaigns.

CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (1972) and BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (1973)
February 28, 2018, 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

Colorful, futuristic sets, a relentless pace and an action-packed climax highlight the fourth episode of the legendary Apes saga, starring Roddy McDowall and Ricardo Montalban. The time is the near future. Apes have supplanted dogs and cats as household pets, and replaced servants as personal assistants - until their continual mistreatment provokes one advanced ape from the future, Caesar (McDowall), to lead a spectacular revolt.

LEAVING MY FATHER'S FAITH
March 5, 2018, 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

Does a pastor lose his son, when the son loses his faith? International best selling author and pastor Tony Campolo is devastated when his 50 year old son Bart announces that he no longer believes in God. Having worked together for decades in Christian ministry, the two must now find a way reconcile their personal understandings of Christianity and Humanism before a rift separates them indefinitely. Together they face controversial issues like the meaning of life and life after death.

SCA Network Special Presentation with Q+A: ATLANTA: SEASON 2
March 5, 2018, 7:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The SCA Network invites current members to join us for a special presentation of ATLANTA: SEASON 2 with Q&A featuring Producer/Director and SCA Alumni Hiro Murai. SCA Network members can enter a lottery for admittance to this event.

BEST F(R)IENDS
March 6, 2018, 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

Best F(r)iends is a new feature film from the NY Times Bestselling author of The Disaster Artist, and starring the creator of The Room. Finally, the dynamic duo that is Greg Sestero & Tommy Wiseau reunites for a dream project that will send fans of cult favorite THE ROOM into paroxysms of unabated joy. Sestero plays a drifter who arrives in L.A. physically unharmed but mentally bruised and winds up begging on the mean Angeleno streets. He is resigned to a hand-to-mouth existence until he crosses paths with a peculiar mortician (Wiseau), and an evening of work turns into a regular gig for the drifter. The two find themselves engaged in an unusual yet increasingly lucrative underground enterprise, but as the money rolls in, jealousy, anger and greed start to poison their initially warm, if odd, partnership. Will these best f(r)iends survive the turning tide?

PLANET OF THE APES (2001)
March 28, 2018, 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

After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by ruthless General Thade (Tim Roth) and his most trusted warrior, Attar (Michael Clarke Duncan). Now the pulse-pounding race is on to reach a sacred temple that may hold the shocking secrets of mankind's past - and the last hope for it's salvation!

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
April 11, 2018, 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 epic and intimate account of the first stages of humanity's downfall, Rise of the Planet of the Apes tells the story of Caesar (Andy Serkis), a chimpanzee who gains humanlike intelligence and emotions from an experimental drug. Marked for death in the lab, Caesar is rescued by the drug's creator (James Franco), who raises him in secret as a human child - until he is taken from the humans he loves, imprisoned, and reminded that he can never be the equal of a human. Seeking freedom, Caesar assembles an army of apes and breaks out of captivity, putting man and primate on a collision course that will change the planet forever.

CTCS-467: Television Symposium
May 7, 2018, 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.

CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium
May 10, 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.