August 17, 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 the Consulate General of Switzerland in Los Angeles invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of:


Directed, Produced, Shot & Edited by Nick Brandestini

Followed by a Q&A with Nick Brandestini

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

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



About Darwin

Darwin is a documentary film about an isolated community at the end of a weathered road in Death Valley, California. Propelled from society by tragic turns, the people of Darwin (population 35) must now find ways to coexist in a place without a government, a church, jobs, or children. The near-ghost town's survival depends on a fragile, gravity-fed waterline that descends from the mountains where top secret weapons are being tested. One "accidental" drop of a bomb, they half-joke, could wipe out their entire town.

Monty - The salty old miner mysteriously bound to Darwin since the 1950's. With the help of his firecracker wife, Nancy, he emerges from a violent history to find the artist within. Susan - The postmaster. Her hippie idealism and fierce humor are shaken by a tragic estrangement that unexpectedly bonds her with other Darwin residents. Ryal - The transgendering 20-something for whom "nothing out here for us" is both the attraction and the curse for him and his partner, Penny.
Hank and Connie - Turning their backs on troubled pasts, they embrace Darwin’s peace and quiet, find a new religion and spread the word that Darwin is "just an everyday town now." Together with their fellow outsiders, they tell the story of a uniquely American place and yet a place that is unique even within America.

Provided courtesy of the filmmaker. Not rated. Running time: 86 minutes.


About the Guest

NICK BRANDESTINI - Director, Producer, Camera, Editor
Nick Brandestini is a filmmaker based in Zurich, Switzerland. His first documentary, Return to Florence (2006), about a small group of young American and British artists studying classical methods at an unconventional school in Florence, screened at numerous film festivals across North America, winning several awards. His next documentary, H.R. Giger's Sanctuary (2007), about the renowned and reclusive artist, H.R. Giger, most famous as the creator of Ridley Scott's “Alien”, was an official selection at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles.

From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Brandestini was a Producer and Editor for the music television channel VIVA (now part of the MTV network), where he produced, among other things, a weekly program about the latest movie releases.

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.


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