December 11, 2011, 5:00 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


The SCA Alumni Screening Series invites you and a guest to a special screening of

The Trouble with the Truth

Written & Directed by Jim Hemphill
Produced by Daniel Farrands & Thommy Hutson
Starring Lea Thompson, John Shea, Danielle Harris & Keri Lynn Pratt
Followed by a Q&A with Jim Hemphill and Lea Thompson

5:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 11th, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

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

2011 Boston Film Festival
2011 Hollywood Film Festival
2011 Ojai Film Festival

About The Trouble with the Truth

Robert (John Shea) is a middle-aged jazz musician who ekes out a living playing piano in a hotel bar. He’s a perpetual starving artist, but he likes it that way – with low overhead comes minimal commitments and the freedom to live life as he chooses. When his daughter Jenny (Danielle Harris) tells him that she’s about to get married, he advises her against it – his own marriage, to Jenny’s mom Emily (Lea Thompson) didn’t last, and he doesn’t understand why anyone would want to give up their independence. Yet when Robert and Emily reunite for dinner and drinks, it quickly becomes clear that things are more complicated than that – they both still have feelings for each other, and as the night progresses they begin to wonder if they made a mistake splitting up. As they dredge up old memories and hurts and ponder their current lives, Robert and Emily find that they have a lot of unresolved issues to deal with before they can move on.

Rated R. Running time: 96 minutes.

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About the Guests


Jim Hemphill grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, where he was raised on a steady diet of Clint Eastwood, Walter Hill, and John Carpenter movies. Upon graduating from high school he attended film school at Columbia College in Chicago; while there he began publishing critical writings in magazines and newspapers including Film Quarterly, Cinefantastique, and Chicago Reader.

He went to graduate school at the USC School of Cinema-Television in Los Angeles, where he received a Masters in Critical Studies. His first film as director was the award-winning horror movie Bad Reputation, which was shot on DV for $20,000 and found international distribution through Warner Bros. and Twentieth-Century Fox. His second feature, The Trouble with the Truth, stars Lea Thompson and John Shea and will be playing on the film festival circuit in late 2011. In addition to his filmmaking endeavors, Jim contributes to American Cinematographer magazine and moderates Q&As at the American Cinematheque, where he has hosted evenings with Peter Bogdanovich, Paul Mazursky, Ron Shelton, and other acclaimed directors.


Lea Thompson is perhaps best known for her role as the various incarnations of Lorraine McFly in Back to the Future I, II, and III (Kid’s Choice Best Film Actress Award winner) and as the star of Caroline in the City (People’s Choice and TV Guide Award winner). And now, perhaps, for her work in the surprise summer cable hit, Switched at Birth.

Other film credits include: Some Kind of Wonderful; All the Right Moves; The Beverly Hillbillies; Space Camp; Dennis the Menace; Article 99; Casual Sex?; Red Dawn; The Wizard of Loneliness; The Little Rascals; The Wild Life; The Unknown Cyclist (acting and vocals); Exit Speed; Splinterheads; Mayor Cupcake (star and producer); the now infamous Howard The Duck (star and vocals); the soon to be released Sundance hit, Thin Ice; the upcoming Boston Film Festival entry, The Trouble with the Truth; and Clint Eastwood’s upcoming J. Edgar.

Television movie credits include: The Substitute Wife; Stolen Babies; The Right to Remain Silent; The Unspoken Truth; Montana; Nightbreaker (Cable Ace Best Actress nominee); the NBC miniseries, A Will of Their Own; Stealing Christmas; A Life Interrupted: The Debbie Smith Story; California Dreaming; The Christmas Clause; and The Cabin. Memorable TV guest spots include: Friends; The Larry Sanders Show; Tales from the Crypt; Ed; Greek; and Law and Order: SVU.

Television series include: ABC Family’s Switched at Birth; NBC’s hit Caroline in the City; Lifetime’s For The People; and the Hallmark Mystery Movies series, Jane Doe  (star, and director of several films).

Thompson’s theatre works include: Over 40 ballets including three versions of The Nutcracker; The Little Mermaid; Bus Stop; The Illusion; Long Time Coming; Vagina Monologues; I Love My Wife; the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Caroline in Jersey; and as Sally Bowles in the revival of Cabaret on Broadway.  

Thompson lives in Los Angeles with her husband, film director Howard Deutch, and their two artistic daughters, Madelyn and Zoey, along with five dogs, a cat, thirty seven fish, four horses, and a parrot.

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

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 4:30 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. Free street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago