THE WALKING DEAD - Season One Marathon

November 3, 2011, 6:30 P.M.

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

Cinematheque108 and CTCS-411: Film, Television and Cultural Studies invite you and a guest to a special screening of

The Walking Dead - Season One Marathon

Introduced by Assistant Chair of Critical Studies William Whittington

6:30 P.M. on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

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


Season Two premieres on Sunday, October 16th at 9/8c on AMC.

About The Walking Dead - Season One

Based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time, written by Robert Kirkman, AMC’s The Walking Dead captures the ongoing human drama following a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Teachers, Strike Back), who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it is the living who remain that truly become the walking dead. Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) plays Shane Walsh, Rick's sheriff's department partner before the apocalypse, and Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), is Rick's wife, Lori Grimes.

The first season of The Walking Dead won the Saturn Award for Best Television Presentation and was nominated for Best Actor on Television (Andrew Licoln), Best Actress on Television (Sarah Wayne Calllies), Best Guest Starring Role on Television (Steven Yeun), and Best Supporting Actress on Television (Laurie Holden). It also received a Director’s Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series' — Night (Frank Darabont), a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series — Drama, and a Television Critics Association Award nomination for Outstanding New Program of the Year. In addition, The Walking Dead recently won the Emmy award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special; and was nominated for Emmys in Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series.

Rated TV-14. Running time: 270 minutes.

To learn more about the show, click here.


About the Event

This fall, the undergraduate course CTCS-411: Film, Television and Cultural Studies in Critical Studies focuses on ADAPTATIONS with a particular emphasis on graphic novels and teen fiction. As part of this course, Cinematheque108 will present the first season of The Walking Dead (AMC). Assistant Chair of Critical Studies William Whittington will present brief introductory remarks prior to the screening about the adaptation of this classic graphic novel about survival in a world filled with zombies.

About William Whittington

William Whittington teaches courses in film and television history, genre studies, digital culture, audio culture, adaptation, and gender and sexuality in film, television and new media.

Between 1993-1997, he served as the curator of the USC Warner Bros. Archives, assisting with research for various film restorations, documentaries, music scores and books. He has also worked as an editor for Time Warner Trade Publishing and is currently the managing editor of Spectator, the USC Critical Studies Journal of Film and Television Criticism.

Whittington's scholarly work includes articles and interviews on genre, film and television sound, digital culture and technology.  He is the author of Sound Design and Science Fiction from University of Texas Press, 2007 and is currently working on a new book entitled Sound Design and Horror, which speaks in part to his interest in adaptation and the undead.

About Cinematheque108

Cinematheque108 is an alternative screening series sponsored by the Critical Studies Department at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The series offers a rare selection of events that highlight noteworthy experimental, documentary, and/or foreign films, many of which can not be seen anywhere else. Cinematheque108 is an educational forum that aims to expand understanding of alternative film and media. All screenings are free of charge and open to the public.

About Parking

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 parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago