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March 20, 2011, 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 20th, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and IFC Midnight invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Super


Written & Directed by James Gunn
Produced by Miranda Bailey and Ted Hope


6:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 20th, 2011
 
Followed by a Q&A with James Gunn

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Official Selection: 2010 Toronto International Film Festival; 2011 SxSW

Opens Theatrically on Friday, April 1st, 2011 Available On Demand on Wed., April 13th, 2011

About Super

In the outlandish dark comedy Super, James Gunn has created what is perhaps the definitive take on self-reflexive superheroes.

When sad-sack loser Frank (Rainn Wilson) sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler) willingly snatched by a seductive drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he finds himself bereft and wholly unable to cope. But soon he decides to fight back under the guise of a DIY superhero called Crimson Bolt. With a hand-made suit, a wrench, and a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page), the Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife. The rules were written a long time ago: You are not supposed to molest children, cut lines or key cars; if you do, prepare to face the wrath of the Crimson-Bolt!

No stranger to rebel filmmaking, James Gunn cut his teeth writing for Troma before making his directing debut with 2006’s Slither. In a similar vein, his follow-up feature combines absurd humor with balls-out violence to create something that is both unashamed and inimitable. But this time Gunn adds a new ingredient, one that is dark, dramatic and subversive to the core.

Provided courtesy of IFC Midnight. Not Rated. Running time: 96 minutes.

To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here.

Actor Rainn Wilson will be at USC at 7:30 P.M. on March 25th, 2011 for

SOULPANCAKE: Chew on Life's Big Questions

An Evening with Authors Rainn Wilson, Devon Gundry, Golriz Lucina and Shabnam Mogharabi, taking place in Bovard Auditorium.

Presented by USC Spectrum and the Office of Religious Life.

To learn more about this event, click here.

About James Gunn (Writer/Director)

James Gunn was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri in a large Irish Catholic family. At the age of twelve he began his filmmaking career with an eight-millimeter camera. His first film featured his brother Sean, later an actor on the WB’s “The Gilmore Girls,’ being disemboweled by zombies.

While attending Columbia University in New York, Gunn applied for a part-time job filing papers at famed B-movie studios Troma Entertainment, and ended up writing the screenplay for the movie TROMEO & JULIET instead. He was paid $150 to do so. In 1997, TROMEO became a cult hit, playing in theaters around the world, including over a year of midnight screenings in Los Angeles.

Gunn left Troma to write and star (along with Rob Lowe, Thomas Haden-Church, and Jamie Kennedy) in the 2000 feature film, THE SPECIALS, about a group of superheroes on their day off. In the same year, Bloomsbury Press released Gunn’s critically acclaimed novel The Toy Collector, the story of a hospital orderly who sells drugs to finance his escalating toy collecting addiction. He also wrote, with Lloyd Kaufman, the non-fiction book All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger, currently in its fifth printing. In 2002 the live action SCOOBY-DOO movie was released into theaters. Gunn wrote the screenplay for the film, which has grossed $300 million worldwide.

In March of 2004 Gunn became the first screenwriter in cinema history to write back-to-back #1-for-the-weekend box office hits, with the critically-acclaimed, re-imagined DAWN OF THE DEAD on March 19, 2004 and SCOOBY-DOO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED on March 26, 2004.

Gunn’s love for the comedy and horror genres coalesced in the humorous horror film SLITHER, released by Universal in 2006. Gunn wrote the film, his feature-film directorial debut, which stars Nathan Fillion and Elizabeth Banks. The film is currently featured on Rotten Tomatoes as one of the “Top Ten All –Time Best Reviewed Horror Films.” It was named “The Best Horror film of 2006” by Rue Morgue Magazine, and James Gunn won a Saturn Award and a Fangoria Chainsaw Award for his work on the film.

In 2008 Gunn created Xbox Live’s first ever original content, producing seven comedy shows by horror directors, and creating his own, “Sparky & Mikaela.” Also in 2008, Gunn hosted the reality show “Scream Queens” for VH1, and began writing and directing the web series “James Gunn’s PG Porn” for Spike.com. “James Gunn’s PG Porn” pairs mainstream actors and porn stars in comedy shorts. It has received over twenty million hits online, has been remade by Canal + in France, and is one of the most profitable web series of all time.

Gunn most recently wrote and directed a segment of “The Untitled Farrelly Brothers Comedy,” starring Elizabeth Banks and Josh Duhamel, which is in post-production.

He lives in Los Angeles with his dog, Dr. Wesley Von Spears.

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain. The weekly screenings will be on Wednesday and Sunday nights (and other select dates, as they arise) in the School of Cinematic Arts Complex, George Lucas Building.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the general public. 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 5:30 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. Free street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

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