THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER

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July 28, 2011, 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 SCA Summer Screening Series and IFC Films invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of:

The Myth of the American Sleepover


Written & Directed by David Robert Mitchell
Produced by Adele Romanski

Followed by a Q&A with David Robert Mitchell and actor Brett Jacobsen

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 28th, 2011

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

FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

***OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2010 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL, INTERNATIONAL CRITICS’ WEEK***
***WINNER, BEST ENSEMBLE: 2010 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL***

Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, July 29th, 2011

About The Myth of the American Sleepover

From first-time writer/director David Robert Mitchell comes The Myth of the American Sleepover, a poignant and tender coming-of-age drama. This story follows four young people on the last night of summer - their final night of freedom before the new school year starts. The teenagers cross paths as they explore the suburban wonderland they inhabit in search of love and adventure - chasing first kisses, elusive crushes, popularity and parties. While looking for the iconic teenage experience, they discover the quiet moments that will later become a part of their youth they look back on with nostalgia. Inspired by Mitchell's experiences growing up in Michigan, The Myth of the American Sleepover is a beautifully rendered portrait of summertime adolescence and the search for human connections. The kids in Mitchell's world may be lost, a little confused and full of angst, but ultimately the kids are alright in this life-affirming, truthful and fresh take on the teen genre. Starring a cast of young attractive newcomers in their feature film debut and produced by Adele Romanski (The Freebie), The Myth of the American Sleepover is having its international premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in the International Critics' Week section, the first American film in five years to be selected for this honor. The Myth of the American Sleepover had its U.S. premiere in March at the SXSW Film Festival and Conference, where it received a special jury prize for Best Ensemble Cast.

35mm print provided courtesy of IFC Films. Not rated. Running time: 93 minutes.

 

About the Guests

DAVID ROBERT MITCHELL (Writer/Director)
David Mitchell studied Film and English at Wayne State University in Detroit earning a BFA
before advancing to earn an MFA in Motion Picture, Television & Recording Arts from Florida
State University in 2002. Since early childhood, he has spent countless hours writing stories, playing music, making short films and living an ordinary life. Mitchell’s film credits include the shorts Flashbulb Kiss, Fourth of July, and Virgin.

Virgin was an official selection in over a dozen festivals, including, the Los Angeles Short Film
Festival, the Philadelphia International Film Festival, the Sarasota Film Festival and the Fort
Lauderdale Film Festival where it was awarded First Place in the Category of Florida Shorts. It
was also a top finalist in the category of Live Action at the Angelus Awards Student Film Festival
in Hollywood, CA.

Mitchell also works as an editor, cutting television commercials and movie trailers in Los Angeles.
The Myth of the American Sleepover will be his first feature film. The script and project has been
a labor of love for the past five years. Mitchell looks forward to sharing the film with audiences.

BRETT JACOBSEN (Actor, "Scott")
Brett Jacobsen has been acting in short films and indie features for the last 10 years. His body of work includes everything from slapstick comedies to romantic dramas to action thrillers. Brett also has a graduate degree in filmmaking and works as a professional video editor in Los Angeles, California. The Myth of the American Sleepover marks the first time Brett has worked with director David Robert Mitchell.

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 6:30 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. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

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