Comedy@SCA Presents: An Evening with Ivan Reitman

November 20, 2011, 7:00 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall

Comedy@SCA and Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative invite you and a guest to attend

An Evening with Ivan Reitman

               Director/Producer of Ghostbusters, Stripes, Dave, Twins
      Producer of Animal House, Heavy Metal, Up in the Air, Old School
A special conversation about his career in comedy, followed by screening of his 1984 iconic comedy classic, Ghostbusters, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver.

7:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall

About Ivan Reitman

Director/Producer Ivan Reitman has been the creative force behind films beloved by audiences around the world – from raucous comedies like Animal House, Stripes and Ghostbusters, to more sophisticated delights like Dave, 6 Days/7 Nights and Twins.

The career that has brought about so many laughs began in Canada, where his family emigrated from Czechoslovakia when he was four years old. Reitman studied music at McMaster University, but soon turned his talents to film and theater.

Shortly after graduation, Reitman delved into film production – first with the extremely low-budget horror comedy Cannibal Girls, starring Canada’s Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin, followed by the live television show Greed with Dan Aykroyd as its announcer. Reitman then headed to New York City and produced the Broadway hit The Magic Show, starring McMaster friend Doug Henning. He continued producing for the stage with the Off-Broadway hit The National Lampoon Show, where he brought together for the first time the then-unknown John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Joe Flaherty. Reitman returned to Broadway to produce and direct the musical Merlin, earning him Tony nominations for directing and producing.

While in New York, Reitman reapplied his talents to filmmaking when he joined forces with National Lampoon and brought us the groundbreaking sensation Animal House. Following the success of that film, Reitman returned home to Canada to direct Meatballs, still considered one the most successful films ever made in Canada.

The string of hits continued with Stripes and the Ghostbusters series, which teamed Bill Murray with Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis; Dave, starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver; Legal Eagles, starring Robert Redford and Debra Winger; 6 Days/7 Nights with Harrison Ford and Anne Heche; Evolution, starring David Duchovny and Julianne Moore; and a series of films that revealed an untapped comic persona for action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger: Twins, Junior (both co-starring Danny DeVito) and Kindergarten Cop.

Reitman’s list of producing credits is equally extensive. He produced the family features Beethoven and Beethoven’s 2nd, as well as the HBO telefilm The Late Shift, which received seven Emmy nominations.  Other producing endeavors include Heavy Metal, Howard Stern’s Private Parts, the animation/live action film Space Jam, which teamed Michael Jordan with the Looney Toons characters; and the teen comedy hits Road Trip, Eurotrip and Old School, starring Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson.


In 1984, Reitman was honored as Director of the Year by the National Association of Theater Owners and the next year received a Special Achievement Award at the Canadian Genie awards. In 1979, and again in 1989, for the films Animal House and Twins, Reitman was honored with the People’s Choice Award.  In November of 1994, Reitman became the third director honored by Variety magazine in a special Billion Dollar Director issue.  At the end of 2000, Reitman’s films Animal House and Ghostbusters were honored as two of this past century’s funniest movies by the American Film Institute. He currently heads The Montecito Picture Company, a film and television production company, with partner Tom Pollock.

Recently Ivan Reitman completed 6 films, all in release in 2009 and 2010: The family hit, Hotel For Dogs, The Uninvited, I Love You Man, Post Grad, Chloe, and Oscar Nominated Up in the Air starring George Clooney and directed by his son Jason Reitman. In 2011, he directed the comedy hit No Strings Attached, starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher.

Reitman has been married to former Quebec film actress Genevieve Robert for over 30 years. Together, they have three children and live in Santa Barbara, California.


About the Comedy@SCA Festival, November 18th - 20th, 2011

Comedy@SCA is the School of Cinematic Arts' initiative to become the destination institution for students who are serious about Comedy. We intend to fill a gap in University Education with instruction in the writing, directing, editing, shooting and producing of Comedy. Our unique curriculum will allow students to focus their film studies toward the Comedy genre. In addition to our distinguished faculty of comedy professionals, we work to create interaction between students and the leading comedy talent of our day. It is our goal to foster a greater appreciation of the difficult art of comedy, and to recognize, preserve and pass on the legacies of great figures in Film, Television and future media of Comedy. Courses will be open to USC students campuswide beginning Spring 2012.

Join us as we kick off the initiative with a comedy festival from November 18th - 20th, 2011, featuring screenings and discussions with leading figures in contemporary comedy.

View the full schedule for the festival at

Check-In & Reservations

This event is free of charge and open to all. 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.

About Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative

Visions and Voices is a university-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. The initiative was established by USC President C. L. Max Nikias during his tenure as provost in order to fulfill the goals set forth in USC's strategic plan, to communicate USC's core values to students, and to affirm the human spirit. Emphasizing the university's commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, the initiative features a spectacular array of events conceived and organized by faculty and schools throughout the university. The series includes theatrical productions, music and dance performances, conferences, lectures, film screenings and many other special events both on and off campus. Each program invites students to dialogue and interact with artists, writers, professors and special guests. These interactions provide a dynamic experience of the arts and humanities and encourage active exploration of USC's core values, including freedom of inquiry and expression, team spirit, appreciation of diversity, commitment to serving one's community, entrepreneurial spirit, informed risk-taking, ethical conduct and the search for truth.

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