SCA Alumni Screening Series: THE LAST HURRAH

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March 24, 2010, 6:30 P.M.

The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The School of Cinematic Arts, New Epic and Cinema Libre Studio
Invite you and a guest to a special screening of

The Last Hurrah


Written and Directed by Jonathan Stokes

Followed by a Q&A with the director, D.P. Chuck DeRosa and Actor Zack Bennett

6:30 P.M. on Wednesday, March 24th

The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
George Lucas Building, SCA Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO ALL.

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The Last Hurrah
DVD is now available for purchase here or anywhere DVDs are sold.



About The Last Hurrah

The Last Hurrah is a comedy filmed in a single continuous shot. Set at a graduation party in Los Angeles, an eclectic group of brainy philosophy students, train-hopping hippies, aspiring prophets, and drug-addled hipsters come together for one wild night.

At the eye of the storm are three best friends, all with the same problem - women. Jason can't get enough of them, Steve can't let go of the one he's got, and Will can't understand them at all. The brainy grad students will have to work through their issues fast, because tonight's house party is their last crack at the women of the philosophy department.

In the spirit of Richard Linklater and Woody Allen, The Last Hurrah is a smart, witty, ensemble driven comedy that wonders if the over examined life is really worth living.

Provided courtesy of New Epic and Cinema Libre Studio.

Not Rated. Running time: 88 minutes.
To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here.

  


Director’s Statement: Making A One Take Movie

The Last Hurrah may be the first feature comedy filmed in one continuous shot. One single camera movement following 15 characters for 90 minutes. We tackled this considerable technical challenge by approaching the film like a stage play: blocking rehearsals, speed-throughs, tech-rehearsals and dress rehearsals.

Our actors had nine rehearsals to memorize blocking, learn 90 minutes of lines, and perfect their performances. Meanwhile, our crew spent 14 days planning and practicing blocking. Seamlessly moving a camera and sound crew through a party of 50 actors and extras was like choreographing a Broadway musical on the Jersey Turnpike.

On July 16 we began full dress rehearsals. The sound team had to solve the riddle of simultaneously recording 15 actors roving a 21,000 square foot location. Our camera team (led by Chuck DeRosa) had to simultaneously light 30 setups without burning down the neighborhood. All lights and microphones had to be cleverly hidden throughout the set. After two days of dress rehearsal, we had just five shoot days to put the film in the can. Five nights of shooting the entire movie start to finish. Five chances to get it right…

I wrote The Last Hurrah as a single continuous scene to emulate the comedic momentum of live theater. It was a wonderful challenge creating 108 pages of dialog in a single location. I wanted to see if I could arc 15 characters without a single cut. And hopefully create something fun and entertaining in the process.

Filming The Last Hurrah was tremendously exciting and the teamwork between cast and crew was exhilarating. Given the enormous pressure of capturing the single take, I can tell you the shoot was a Herculean accomplishment for our actors and for our crew. I am extremely grateful to see the sense of fun and friendship we felt on set shining through in the movie. I hope when people watch The Last Hurrah, they feel like they’re spending time with great friends.

Jonathan Stokes
Writer, Director, Producer

The SCA Alumni Screening Series

During Spring 2010, the SCA Alumni Screening Series will host a wide array of film screenings and filmmaker Q&As, highlighting recent work by our SCA Alumni. These screenings will be hosted in various SCA venues, including Norris Cinema Theatre, as well as SCA 108 and SCA 112. All screenings are free to the public but will require an electronic reservation, which can be made through the website for each individual screening. Many screenings will be overbooked to ensure that capacity is met in the theater. Some screenings will be run from digital sources.

For the calendar of screenings, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to all USC students, faculty, staff and alumni. The theater will be OVERBOOKED to ensure capacity and the RSVP list will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no reserved seating. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:00 P.M.

Parking

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu
Phone: 213.740.2330