September 13, 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

Outside the Box [Office], Closer Productions and Tribeca Film invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure

Written & Directed by Matthew Bate
Produced by Sophie Hyde, Matthew Bate, Julie Byrne (Co-Producer), Bryan Mason (Co-Producer)

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

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


Opens at Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theatres in West Hollywood on Friday, September 16th

About Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure

The most important recording in the 1990s grunge era wasn't made by some alternative rock star. It was a covert audio recording of two drunken men living in a small flat in San Francisco, who spent their available free time yelling, screaming, hitting and generally abusing each other.

The phenomenon began in 1987 when Eddie and Mitch (two young punks from the midwest), moved next door to Peter Haskett (a flamboyant gay man), and Raymond Huffman (a raging homophobe). This ultimate odd-couple hated each other with raging abandon, and through the paper-thin walls their alcohol-fuelled rants terrorized Eddie and Mitch. Fearing for their lives they began to tape record evidence of the insane goings on from next door. In the process, the boys accidentally created one of the world’s first viral pop-culture sensations.

Their tapes went on to inspire a cult following, spawning sell-out CDs, comics by Dan Clowes (Ghostworld), stage-plays, music from the likes of Devo, and a Hollywood feeding frenzy. For the newly famous Eddie and Mitchell, this would be a life-changing experience that would see them ingested into the belly and fired out the orifice of the pop culture beast.

In this first feature to come out of the SAFC’s FilmLab initiative, Matthew Bate (What the Future Sounded Like, The Mystery of Flying Kicks) explores the blurring boundaries between privacy, art and exploitation.

Provided courtesy of Closer Productions and Tribeca Film. Not Rated. Running time: 90 minutes.

To learn more about the film, click here.

To view the exclusive trailer on iTunes Movie Trailers, click here.


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 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
Phone: 213.740.2330