GREEN

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December 4, 2011, 4:00 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 Little Teeth Pictures invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Green

 
Written & Directed by Sophia Takal
Produced by Lawrence Michael Levine
 
4:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 4th, 2011
 
The Ray Stark Family Theatre
George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 

About Green

Genevieve, a New York intellectual, moves to the country with her self-involved journalist boyfriend, Sebastian, while he works on his latest project about sustainable farming. Bored and neglected, Genevieve turns to Robin, a working class local, for companionship. When Sebastian forms a bond of his own with Robin, Genevieve finds herself overpowered by jealousy and insecurity. Tensions mount between the two women and soon reality and fantasy become inseparable in this haunting meditation on jealousy and the ways women mistreat and manipulate one another.

Provided courtesy of Little Teeth Pictures. Not rated. Running time: 75 minutes.

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

 

Director's Statement

For as long as I can remember, intense jealousy has been an unavoidable part of my personality. Despite an acute awareness of this, I have struggled to stop viewing myself in comparison to other women. When confronted with women I have viewed as more successful or beautiful than myself, I have tended to experience a violent storm of conflicting emotions. The desire to destroy them has coexisted with feelings of guilt regarding these destructive impulses, creating a painful paradox within me.

Friendships with other women became impossible because every woman I got close to became a threat. I would have jealous outbursts that ruined relationships with other women while at the same time turning to men for approval (though rarely receiving what I wanted). Everytime I entered into a friendship with another woman I would inevitably begin to compare myself to them, find I didn’t measure up, and soon would find myself manipulating them psychologically in ways I barely had any control over.

This conflict reached an emotional breaking point in 2010, when my fiancé directed a film that required his spending long hours away me from working intimately with other women. The rage I felt toward the women I perceived to be threats reached uncontrollable proportions. With pleasure, I imagined horrible things happening to the women who I was convinced Lawrence was falling in love with. I flung groundless accusations at him constantly, nearly demolishing my relationship. My anger was not based on any concrete proof that he was or wanted to be cheating on me, but it was all-consuming and laced with a powerful sense of guilt. Once the shoot was over, I realized how crazy I had been acting and began to examine this side of myself more intensely than ever before.

I realized that both my jealousy of other women and the approval I was seeking from men stemmed from my lack of sense of self. I didn’t feel whole enough or good enough so I was taking it out on external forces. I began speaking openly with my female friends about my issues with jealousy. Almost every woman I spoke to had similar experiences, yet I was hard pressed to find examples of films made by women about this subject. I decided to make Green in an attempt to understand these impulses and hopefully work through them.

-- Sophia Takal

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 3:30 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.

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. Free street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu