October 7, 2011, 7:00 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall


The SCA Alumni Screening Series and Lionsgate invite you and a guest to a special evening with SCA Alumnus John Singleton, following a screening of his new film:


Directed by SCA Alumnus John Singleton
Written by Doug Davison
Produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Dan Lautner, Roy Lee and Lee Stollman
Followed by a Q&A with John Singleton

7:00 P.M. on Friday, October 7th, 2011

Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall


In Theatres Nationwide on Friday, September 23rd

About Abduction

Taylor Lautner stars as a young man unwittingly thrust into a deadly world of covert espionage in Lionsgate's action-thriller, Abduction, directed by John Singleton.

For as long as he can remember, Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) has had the uneasy feeling that he's living someone else's life. When he stumbles upon an image of himself as a little boy on a missing persons website, all of Nathan's darkest fears come true: he realizes his parents are not his own and his life is a lie, carefully fabricated to hide something more mysterious and dangerous than he could have ever imagined.

Just as he begins to piece together his true identity, Nathan is targeted by a team of trained killers, forcing him on the run with the only person he can trust, his neighbor, Karen (Lily Collins). Every second counts as Nathan and Karen race to evade an army of assassins and federal operatives. But as his opponents close in, Nathan realizes that the only way he'll survive – and solve the mystery of his elusive biological father – is to stop running and take matters into his own hands.

35mm print provided courtesy of Lionsgate. Rated PG-13. Running time: 106 minutes.

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


About the Guest

JOHN SINGLETON (Director) has the distinct honor of being the youngest person (at age 24) and first ever African American nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Director. His first feature film, 1991’s Boyz N the Hood, brought the struggles of South Central Los Angeles to mainstream audiences, and was a critical and box office success, landing him Oscar® nominations for Best Director and Original Screenplay. Other films as a writer/director/producer include: Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Shaft and Baby Boy. He also directed Rosewood, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Four Brothers. Through his New Deal Productions, he produced the independent films Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan and Illegal Tender. He is currently set to release his latest feature film, Abduction, starring Taylor Lautner and Sigourney Weaver. Singleton is an alum of the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts.

About the SCA Alumni Screening Series

The School of Cinematic Arts invites you to an exciting free screening series featuring a dynamic selection of new feature films by SCA alumni and faculty throughout the Fall 2011 semester. All screenings and events will be free of charge and open to the public, although we do ask for an electronic reservation for each screening, which can be made through the website for each individual screening. Many screenings will be overbooked to ensure that capacity is met in the theater. Some screenings will be run from digital sources.

To view the calendar for the SCA Alumni Screening Series, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

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.

This screening is free of charge and open to all. 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