October 19, 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] and FilmBuff invite you and a guest to a special screening of

For Lovers Only

Directed by Michael Polish
Written by Mark Polish
Produced by Michael Polish, Mark Polish
and Sean King O'Grady

Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

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


About For Lovers Only

FOR LOVERS ONLY is a story of a MAN and a WOMAN in love. After seeing each other for the first time in years while on separate work assignments in Paris, the LOVERS flee together and travel by train, car and motorcycle, as their love affair takes them across France—from Normandy to St. Tropez. Throughout their trip, both characters experience long periods of carefree bliss and unrepentant joy punctuated by brief moments of guilt and confusion. The final outcome of the affair is left open to interpretation.

This picture is a study and meditation on two LOVERS. A picture that practices restraint and embraces limitation—that allows the viewer to hold no judgement on the LOVERS behavior, but to accept these two and their passion for one another as something beautiful and rare.

Snippets of information begin to reveal who these two are, but it’s not enough to judge them.  It’s the viewer’s participation that creates the intrigue as the screenplay delicately weaves vital information about the LOVERS into the narrative thread.

Provided courtesy of FilmBuff. Not rated.

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


Behind the Scenes


Writing this screenplay I knew every word was going to count. Both in front and behind the camera it was practicing the art of limitation– really understanding the value of each word. The characters were going to find themselves in a highly critical relationship. They were going to be frowned upon if you don’t unfold their story correctly. France is very forgiving with this sort of situation. So by placing the characters in this setting, by choosing a hyper-romantic look–I was hoping to disarm any judgement from the very beginning. I wanted the viewer to get on their trip and just go. I didn’t want anyone to bring their baggage.

When your in love there is no direction. Everything and nothing makes sense at the same time. I wanted the second act to reflect what it felt to be in love– the weightlessness, the euphoria — the way one can become lost. To get that across in the second act I had to bookend it with a the first and third act that had more traditional structures.

Ultimately. I wanted to write a move about being in love rather than falling in love. Where after a thousand kisses it still feels like the first one. I certainly hope those who have been in love can relate.

Mark Polish


The concept behind For Lovers Only was to photograph an intimate movie with only 2 actors in a run-n-gun style. This would also help capture the emotion that I wanted between the two characters. With today’s technology we were able to strip the production down to its bare essentials– just a camera. I would operate the Canon 5D camera and record a love affair on a very personal level. No lights, no crew, no budget… Nothing invasive to disturb the process. I didn’t want the actors to know I was present in any environment. I wanted to capture their whispers. As the title of the movie suggests, so was the way we made my favorite movie to date. You have to love movie-making in a way that only lovers know.

Michael Polish


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.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


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