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.

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.

DR. DAVID HANSON
April 26, 2017, 6:30 PM
SCI 106

Join us for an exciting evening with Dr David Hanson and his android-humanlike robots!

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, 8:00 PM - Midnight
School of Cinematic Arts Complex, Meldman Park

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. 

Pyotr Tchiakovsky's EUGENE ONEGIN
April 29, 2017, 12:00 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warner’s moving production, starring Anna Netrebko as Tatiana and Mariusz Kwiecien and Peter Mattei sharing the title role. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Lenski, and Robin Ticciati conducts.

An Evening with Miguel Sapochnik and GAME OF THRONES: BATTLE OF THE BASTARDS
May 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

Miguel Sapochnik is the recipient of the 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series as well as the 2017 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing of a Dramatic Series for his Game of Thrones episode “Battle of The Bastards.” He also directed the seminal season six finale entitled "The Winds of Winter" and the epic season five episode entitled “Hardhome.” Most recently, he directed the high-budget pilot of Altered Carbon for Netflix, and directed the pilot Mind Games written by Kyle Killen which was ordered to series at ABC. He has also directed episodes of True Detective, Masters of Sex, Banshee, House, and Fringe, amongst others. Miguel started in features having directed a short science fiction film The Dreamer and the feature Repo Men starring Jude Law and Forrest Whitaker. Miguel began his career as the artistic designer for the films Trainspotting and A Life Less Ordinary.

Festival & Distribution: General Strategy Session
May 2, 2017, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
School of Cinematic Arts, SCA 255

Industry Relations' Festivals & Distribution presents monthly festival & distribution general strategy group session.  Learn the first steps in preparing to submit to film festivals, strategic ways to apply to festivals, and get your general festival questions answered. Open to USC students and alumni. 

An Evening with John Mulaney
May 2, 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

John Mulaney is an Emmy Award winning writer and comedian. He most recently starred in the Broadway hit, "Oh, Hello on Broadway” alongside Nick Kroll. In 2015 Mulaney released his 3rd hour stand up special a Netflix Original titled The Comeback Kid which the AV Club called "his best hour of his career." He began his career in New York’s East Village and has since toured around the world. In 2008, he began writing at Saturday Night Live where he appeared as a "Weekend Update" correspondent and co-created characters such as "Stefon" with Bill Hader. He currently writes for IFC’s Documentary Now and for Netflix’s Big Mouth on which he voices the character of Andrew.  Mulaney’s first comedy album, The Top Part, was released in 2009. He released his second Comedy Central special and album New In Town in 2012, and upon review Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly hailed Mulaney as "one of the best stand-up comics alive."

RISK
May 3, 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

Laura Poitras, Academy Award winning director of Citizenfour, returns with her most personal and intimate film to date. Filmed over six years, Risk is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high stakes election year and its controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story with unprecedented access, Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle.

PRODIGY
May 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

Prodigy is a contained, science fiction thriller with some Twilight Zone edge. The film centers around a psychologist who is called into a military compound to treat their most dangerous patient. Ushered into an interrogation cell, he is taken aback by what he finds — a young girl in a straitjacket, firmly strapped to a chair. The girl exhibits supernatural intelligence, which incites a battle of wits, pitting the psychologist against this miniature Hannibal Lecter. As their session progresses, he begins to peel back the layers of mystery, and uncovers how desperate and dangerous this situation really is...

TERRA INCOGNITA: MA+PPING THE FUTURE
May 8, 2017 - May 10, 2017, 5:00 pm
Stage 2 + 3

TERRA INCOGNITA is an exhibition of capstone projects created by senior undergraduate students in the BA in Media Arts + Practice and the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship program.

LA 92
May 8, 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

Twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, LA 92, a new feature documentary from National Geographic Documentary Films, immerses viewers in that tumultuous period through stunning and rarely seen archival footage. Produced by two-time Oscar winner Simon Chinn (Man on Wire) and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn (American High) and directed by Oscar winners Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin (Undefeated), the film looks at the events of 1992 from a multitude of vantage points, bringing a fresh perspective to a pivotal moment that reverberates to this day.

SOMEWHERE BEAUTIFUL
May 9, 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

Somewhere Beautiful, shot with exceptional detail on 16mm and 35mm film in the Patagonian wilds of Argentina and the idyllic sun soaked locale which is Los Angeles, is an intimate and restless tale of abandonment and acceptance.

Demo Day: Class of 2017
May 10, 2017, 4 PM to 9 PM
Norris Cinema Complex and SCA Gallery

USC Games presents and exhibition of student video game work followed by a reception. Come see what the students of USC Games have been making this year!

THE COMMUNE
May 10, 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 new film by lauded Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration, Oscar® nominated The Hunt) examines the fallout from the social upheavals of the 1970s through the microcosm of a Copenhagen commune. Erik and Anna are a professional couple with a dream. Along with their daughter Freja, they set up a commune in Erik’s huge villa in the upmarket district of Copenhagen. With the family in the center of the story, we are invited into the dream of a real commune; we participate in the house meetings, dinners and parties. It is friendship, love and togetherness under one roof until an earth-shattering love affair puts the community and the commune to its greatest test.

Movies We Love Presents: THE GOONIES (1985)
May 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

The combined talents of Steven Spielberg, Richard Donner, and Chris Columbus, created this box office hit that delights the young and the young at heart. When a group of ordinary kids discover a secret treasure map, their sleepy seaport lives are suddenly transformed into a fun-filled, roller-coaster ride filled with heart-pounding adventure and peril.

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.

CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium
August 24, 2017 - December 7, 2017, 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 Fall 2017 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.