SCA Network Screening and Reception: CONTAGION

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August 30, 2011, 7:30 P.M.

Pacific Theatres at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036

This event is by invitation only.

The School of Cinematic Arts, the Grove and Warner Bros. Pictures invite all new and current SCA Network Members to a special reception and preview screening of

Contagion


Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Written by Scott Z. Burns
Produced by Steven Soderbergh, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Shamberg and SCA Alumna Stacey Sher

7:30 P.M. on Tuesday, August 30th

Pacific Theatres at The Grove
189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

 

Followed by a HOSTED BEER & WINE RECEPTION at The Whisper Lounge at the Grove, Suite F-90B. The reception will require a separate RSVP and will have limited space -- 125 people max.

Students may attend the mixer, but will need to show identification that they are 21 or over to receive a wristband to consume alcohol.


About Contagion

An international traveler reaches into the snack bowl at an airport bar before passing her credit card to a waiter.  A business meeting begins with a round of handshakes.  A man coughs on a crowded bus…

One contact.  One instant.  And a lethal virus is transmitted.

When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns to Minneapolis from business in Hong Kong, what she thought was jet lag takes a virulent turn.  Two days later, she’s dead in the ER and the doctors tell her shocked and grieving husband (Matt Damon) they have no idea why.

Soon, others exhibit the same mysterious symptoms: hacking coughs and fever, followed by seizure, brain hemorrhage…and ultimately, death. In Minneapolis, Chicago, London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong, the numbers quickly multiply: one case becomes four, then sixteen, then hundreds, thousands, as the contagion sweeps across all borders, fueled by the countless human interactions that make up the course of an average day.

A global pandemic explodes.

At the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers mobilize to break the code of a unique biological pathogen as it continues to mutate.  Deputy Director Cheever (Laurence Fishburne) tries to allay the growing panic despite his own personal concerns, and must send a brave young doctor (Kate Winslet) into harm’s way.  At the same time, amid a rising tide of suspicion over a potential vaccine—and who gets it first—Dr. Leonora Orantes (Marion Cotillard) of the World Health Organization works through the network of connections that could lead back to the source of what they’re dealing with. 

As the death toll escalates and people struggle to protect themselves and their loved ones in a society breaking down, one activist blogger (Jude Law) claims the public isn’t getting the truth about what’s really going on, and sets off an epidemic of paranoia and fear as infectious as the virus itself.

Provided courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. Rated PG-13.

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

 

Opens nationwide in theatres and IMAX on Friday, September 9th, 2011

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open exclusively to CURRENT SCA NETWORK MEMBERS ONLY. This screening is NOT 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 6:45 P.M. Check-in will take place in the lobby of the theater. This screening will be OVERBOOKED to ensure capacity and no seating is guaranteed based solely on your reservations. You must arrive early to ensure a good spot in the check-in line. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will stop admitting guests, regardless of RSVP list status.

Parking

For instructions on where to park at The Grove, please visit the website: http://www.thegrovela.com/los_angeles/concierge_services/parking.php

 

Contact Information

Name: Sabrina Warren
Email: alumni@cinema.usc.edu
Phone: 213.740.2804