Upcoming Events

Outside the Box [Office]: Spring 2016
January 11, 2016 - May 13, 2016, 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.

LUNAFEST 2016
February 5, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Established in 2000 by LUNA, the makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, LUNAFEST connects women, their stories and their causes through film. This traveling film festival spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes.

An Evening with Sloan Foundation Short Films and Panel Discussion with Grant Recipients and Sloan Faculty
February 8, 2016, 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

Please come as we screen three films that won Alfred P. Sloan Production grants. After the screening there will be a Q&A, moderated by Thomas G. Miller, the Sloan Production mentor.  In attendance will be Katie Alvarez, scholarship coordinator of the Sloan grant. In addition some of the directors and producers of the production grants and a recent recipient of the Sloan Writing grant will be there to answer questions.

SILENCED
February 9, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Academy Award nominated director James Spione explores Washington's increasingly draconian response to whistleblowers, revealing in unprecedented detail the devastating personal toll on those who have questioned official national security policy.

Movies We Love Presents: THE STUNT MAN (1980)
February 10, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Cameron is a young veteran who is running from the police when he comes upon a movie set and accidentally causes the death of a stunt man. When Cameron explains his situation to the director Eli Cross, the eccentric man agrees to conceal him from the police on the condition that he take the stuntman's place. Before long, Cameron realizes that the autocratic Cross is taking advantage of him by putting him in unnecessary danger.

THE SOUND AND THE SHADOW
February 11, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Allergy-ridden, eavesdropping sound engineer Harold and his boisterous new roommate Ally are thrust into a missing girl case when he discovers clues to her disappearance in his neighborhood recordings.

MoviesTO Presents: CASABLANCA (1942)
February 12, 2016, 6:00 - 9:00 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

In the midst of World War Two, the North African city of Casablanca is a focal point for would-be emigres, riffraff, refugees from justice, and an American expatriate named Rick (Humphrey Bogart) who runs a popular nightclub and casino. He's running away from something, or someone, and to his surprise she turns up one night: Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), the companion of a freedom fighter (Paul Henreid). He hopes to continue his work, if he can only get his hands on the all-important exit papers that will enable him to leave the city without being detained by the Germans. Guess who is holding a pair of exit papers?

THE DIPLOMAT
February 16, 2016, 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 Diplomat tells the remarkable story of the life and legacy of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose singular career spans fifty years of American foreign policy – from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Told through the perspective of his eldest son David, the documentary takes you behind the scenes of high stakes diplomacy where peace is waged and wars are ended.

Writing for Screen and Television presents...A Book Signing with Professor, Jack Epps, Jr.
February 16, 2016, 7:00pm
SCA 108

Writing for Screen and Television presents...Screenwriting is Rewriting, A Book Signing with Professor Jack Epps, Jr.

EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT
February 17, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in Embrace of the Serpent, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, Serpent centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real - life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch - Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.

CICADA
February 18, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

When Jumpei Taneda finds out he has a fertility problem, he begins to have clairvoyant flashes that mysteriously lead him to cicada shells. Jumpei's inability to have children causes him to become a father-figure to his sister Nanaka's young son Ryota, who is being bullied at school. Nanaka and her gambling-addict husband decide to throw a birthday party for Ryota in hopes of changing his classmates' perception of him. Unfortunately, no one shows up to the party except the quirky cast of adults in Ryota's life, and it is here that secrets are revealed and chaos ensues.

CHINATOWN (1974)
February 19, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

A private detective, Jake Gittes, hired to investigate an adultery case, stumbles on the plot of a murder involving incest and the privatization of water through state and municipal corruption, land use and real estate. If he doesn't drop the case at once he faces threats of legal action, but he pursues it anyway, slowly uncovering a vast conspiracy.

A TRIBUTE TO ROBERT TOWNE
February 19, 2016 - February 21, 2016, Varied
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex & The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108

Join us for a retrospective of the extraordinary career of screenwriter Robert Towne. A central figure of the New Hollywood, Towne’s Oscar winning screenplay for Chinatown (1974) brought the detective film to its apotheosis and articulated a timeless, personal vision of Los Angeles he continued to explore over the next five decades. His work has given voice to the rebellious, joyous, anxiety of his generation and redefined American cinema. Screenings will be complemented by conversations between Towne, his friends, and collaborators about his vast and varied oevure. Hosted by SCA Professor Ted Braun and special guest moderators Matthew Weiner (SCA Alumnus and Creator of Mad Men) and Howard A. Rodman (SCA Writing Division Professor and President of the Writers Guild of America, West).

PERSONAL BEST (1982)
February 20, 2016, 12:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

This directorial debut of Chinatown Oscar winner Robert Towne is a bracing celebration of athletes who live the way they play: with total passion. Mariel Hemingway plays a promising hurdler who finds needed emotional and athletic seasoning with a caring mentor (Patrice Donnelly). After the two fall in love, their relationship is threatened as both vie for a spot on the U. S. Olympic team. Personal Best's human insights make it compelling for more than just sports fans. Months of training build into explosive moments of competitive truth. Cameras capture the charged atmosphere of the 1980 Olympic Trials. And world-class athletes (including Olympians Donnelly, Jodi Anderson and Kenny Moore) excel as actors, bringing to the set the same poise they show on the track.

WITHOUT LIMITS (1998)
February 20, 2016, 2:30 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Steve Prefontaine was a champion's champion, holder of every American distance running from 2,000 to 10,000 meters. Fans elevated him to rock star status. Athletes were inspired by him. Pre didn't run races. He attacked them.Off the track, officials mired in outdated politics got the point that activist Pre was taking the sport into a new era. The short life and fast times of the fiery Oregon distance runner form a movie that "belongs in the company of Jim Thorpe - All American and Chariots of Fire" (Jack Mathews, Newsday). Billy Crudup, uncannily resembling the real-life Prefontaine, and Donald Sutherland, as coach and mentor Bill Bowerman, give strong portrayals of lives aflame with conviction. Infused with track-savvy authenticity by director Robert Towne and his co-writer Kevin Moore (Prefontaine's friend and a former world-class runner), Without Limits comes home a winner.

TEQUILA SUNRISE (1988)
February 20, 2016, 6:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell and Michelle Pfeiffer star in this steamy, romantic thriller which explores the relationship between two longtime friends -- one a drug dealer looking for a way out, and the other, a cop assigned to trap his friend. Caught between them -- and powerfully drawn to both -- is the beautiful Michelle Pfeiffer.

THE FIRM (1993)
February 21, 2016, 1:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Three-time Oscar nominee Tom Cruise plays Mitch McDeere, a brilliant and ambitious Harvard Law grad. Driven by a fierce desire to bury his working-class past, Mitch joins a small, prosperous Memphis firm that affords Mitch and his wife (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and affluent lifestyle beyond their wildest dreams. But when FBI agents confront him with evidence of corruption and murder within the firm, Mitch sets out to find the truth in a deadly crossfire between the FBI, the Mob, and a force that will stop at nothing to protect its interests.

THE LAST DETAIL (1973)
February 21, 2016, 4:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Jack Nicholson is at his very best in this highly-acclaimed dramatic comedy about three sailors on the loose. Two hard-boiled career petty officers, Buddusky (Nicholson) and Mulhall (Otis Young), are detailed to take a young sailor, Meadows (Randy Quaid), from a Virginia Naval Base to a New Hampshire Naval Prison to serve an eight-year sentence for a trivial offense. Buddusky and Mulhall take a liking to Meadows and are determined to show him a good time on their journey north. Their escapades begin in Washington where they narrowly escape a bar fight, then get blind drunk in their hotel room. In New York, they tangle with some Marines, and in Boston, Buddusky takes Meadows to a brothel for his first sexual experience. Finally, after reluctantly turning in Meadows, Buddusky and Mulhall realize they are as much prisoners of their own world as Meadows now is of his.

SHAMPOO (1975)
February 21, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Wicked social satire about a sexy male hairdresser that does more than hair. Warren Beatty lampoons his own womanizer reputation in this feature concerned only with who is "doing" who and the superficial appearances of the upper class of Beverly Hills set against election day for the 1968 Presidential election.

MANY BEAUTIFUL THINGS
February 22, 2016, 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

From Executive Producer Hisao Kurosawa (Dreams, Ran) comes the untold story of one of the Victorian Age’s greatest women artists. Many Beautiful Things plunges viewers into the complex age of Victorian England to meet Lilias Trotter, a daring young woman who won the favor of England’s top art critic, John Ruskin. Ruskin believed that, with sacrificial effort, her work could be “immortal.” But with her legacy on the line, Lilias made a stunning decision: to abandon a promising career in art for missionary work in North Africa. Told through the eyes of Miriam Rockness, an amateur scholar in her early 70s who became a significant expert on the life and work of Lilias Trotter, the film challenges viewers to question the meaning of real success and what is truly a life well-lived.

YOSEMITE
February 23, 2016, 8:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

It's the fall of 1985. The intertwining tales of three 5th grade friends, Chris, Joe and Ted, unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto, as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the community. Based on the short stories “Yosemite” and “Peter Parker” from James Franco’s collection A California Childhood.

KNIGHT OF CUPS
February 24, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Knight of Cups follows writer Rick (Christian Bale, The Fighter, American Hustle) on an odyssey through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas as he undertakes a search for love and self. Even as he moves through a desire-laden landscape of mansions, resorts, beaches and clubs, Rick grapples over complicated relationships with his brother (Wes Bentley) and father (Brian Dennehy). His quest to break the spell of his disenchantment takes him on a series of adventures with six alluring women: rebellious Della (Imogen Poots)? his physician ex-wife, Nancy (Cate Blanchett)? a serene model Helen (Freida Pinto)? a woman he wronged in the past Elizabeth (Natalie Portman)? a spirited, playful stripper Karen (Teresa Palmer); and an innocent Isabel (Isabel Lucas), who helps him see a way forward.

EVEN ME
February 25, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Even Me is an award-winning documentary that highlights the rise of HIV/AIDS among older adults in communities of color. HIV-positive people of color in Los Angeles share their brutally honest stories of living and aging with the disease. Even Me dispels the myths that HIV/AIDS is a gay or young person’s disease, highlighting the fact that age is no vaccine and exploring the truth of how HIV/AIDS is affecting elders of color in our communities.

Movies We Love Presents: KIDS IN THE HALL: BRAIN CANDY
February 27, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

When Roritor Pharmaceuticals finds itself on the verge of bankruptcy, research chemist Chris Cooper (Kevin McDonald) finds himself pressured to push his latest development to market without adequate testing at the risk of losing his job. The product -- Gleemonex, an anti-depressant bearing more than a slight resemblance to Prozac -- seems at first to be a wonder drug; users find themselves in a perpetual state of bliss as they relive their fondest memories time and again. Success goes awry, however, when a fatal side-effect surfaces -- users become catatonics. The craze has caught on, however, and the entire world seems to be taking Gleemonex, forcing Dr. Cooper to fight his employers and warn the masses before disaster strikes.

VOID
February 29, 2016, 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

Void is a character driven film composed of seven chapters, about six Lebanese women representing three generations, each one still waiting for the man in her life who was kidnapped during the Lebanese Civil War and is still missing. Their hidden emotional wounds are opened once again, one day prior to a protest in Beirut to keep their cause alive.

MY GOLDEN DAYS
March 1, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

My Golden Days is the story of Paul Dédalus, an anthropologist preparing to leave Tajikistan (played in his middle age by Matheiu Amalric). Reflecting on his life, he has a series of flashbacks starting from his childhood in Roubaix—his mother’s attacks of madness, his father’s alienating depression. He remembers a student trip to the USSR, where a clandestine mission led him to offer up his own identity for a young Russian, whom he considered a phantom twin for the remainder of his life. He remembers University life, and returning to his hometown to party with his sister and her best friend, his shifting circle of friends and their casual betrayals. And most of all he remembers Esther, the beautiful, rude, haughty soul and love of his life.

DYING CANDLE
March 3, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

A sister fights all odds to take care of her younger brother, until things fall apart and she is left with no option but sell her dignity to save him.

Giacomo Puccini's Manon Lescaut
March 5, 2016, 10:00 A.M.
Frank Sinatra Hall at Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. “Desperate passion” is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stirring score. The production is a gift of Helen and Bengt Agerup and Rolex, and is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and the Baden-Baden Festival.

The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Broadcast Series 2015/2016
March 5, 2016 - April 2, 2016, Varied
Frank Sinatra Hall at Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

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 selected screenings from the 2015/2016 HD Broadcast Series, presented in HD and 5.1 sound from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

CITY OF GOLD
March 6, 2016, 12:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

In this richly penetrating documentary odyssey, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold shows us a Los Angeles where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic portal to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America. Combing through colorful neighborhoods in his green pickup truck, Gold is sniffing out his next strip-mall discovery—whether Oaxacan grasshopper soup, hand-cut tonkotsu ramen, or a particularly unctuous pad see ew. As piping-hot platters are served up, so are stories of immigrants whose secret family recipes are like sacred offerings pledged for the opportunity to build their American Dream. With eternal curiosity, razor-sharp intellect, and existential longing, Gold is a culinary geographer taking us where no critic has gone before.

SHOUT GLADI GLADI
March 8, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Narrated by Academy Award® winning actress Meryl Streep, Shout Gladi Gladi celebrates the extraordinary people who rescue African women and girls from obstetric fistula, a medical condition that can turn them into reviled outcasts. Directed by Adam Friedman and Iain Kennedy, and filmed in Malawi and Sierra Leone, the film spotlights the quest of Ann Gloag, the indefatigable philanthropist and former nurse who drives the movement to save these vulnerable women, and presents the patients as they tell stirring tales of their struggles and triumphs. Everything culminates with the exuberant Gladi Gladi ceremony, a singing and dancing blowout that marks the day the women and girls return home cured.

THE AUTOMATIC HATE
March 9, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

When Davis Green's alluring young cousin Alexis appears on his doorstep one night, he discovers that a side of his family has been kept secret from him. Against his father’s wishes, Davis travels to rural, upstate New York to meet his other cousins. While wrestling with a taboo attraction to one another, he and Alexis attempt to reunite their families, uncovering the reasons behind a long - standing rift and the shocking secret that tore their fathers apart. Together, their discoveries force them to confront the temptation to keep their familial grudge going rather than end it.

4TH MAN OUT
March 10, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Evan Todd ("Switched at Birth") stars as Adam, a small-town, blue-collar mechanic who likes beer and hockey but surprises his buddies when he tells them he’s gay. Well meaning but perhaps fated to trip over themselves, hilarity ensues when said buddies all try to help Adam find a boyfriend. Parker Young ("Arrow"), Chord Overstreet ("Glee"), Jon Gabrus ("Younger") and Kate Flannery ("The Office) co-star in the film from producers Lauren Avinoam, Lauren Hogarth and Jed Mellick.

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
March 10, 2016, 9:00 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time with the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special.” A provocative, genre-defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human, it follows a father, Roy (Michael Shannon), who goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), a boy with mysterious powers that even Roy himself cannot comprehend. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Risking everything, Roy is committed to helping Alton reach his ultimate purpose, whatever that might be and whatever it costs, in a story that takes audiences on a perilous journey from Texas to the Florida coast, while exploring the bonds of love and trust, and the nature of faith.

Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly
April 2, 2016, 12:00 P.M.
Frank Sinatra Hall at Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Anthony Minghella's breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. Kristine Opolais reprises her acclaimed portrayal of the title role, opposite Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly's heart. Hei-Kyung Hong and Massimo Giordano star in a second set of performances. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.

VIVA
April 27, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Viva stars Héctor Medina as Jesus, a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, who dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama (Luis Alberto García), Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father Angel (Jorge Perugorría) abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, Viva becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and reconcile as a family.