February 24, 2012, 8:30 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


Outside the Box [Office] and Open Road Films invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Silent House

Directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau
Written by Laura Lau
Produced by Agnes Mentre and Laura Lau

8:30 P.M. on Friday, February 24th, 2012

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

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

In theaters on Friday, March 9th, 2012

About Silent House

In Silent House, Sarah, along with her uncle and father, prepare their long-time family summer home, recently violated by squatters, for sale. But broken windows and cracks in the plaster are the least of their problems when they discover they are not alone, and there's more than just mold concealed behind the walls. Over the course of 85 harrowing minutes, their idyllic isolated retreat is transformed into a site of horror as the family’s past returns to taunt then terrorize them, exposing a hidden and distorted history. Silent House, a re-imagining of the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda, is told in real time in one continuous take, just as Sarah sees – and experiences – it.

Provided courtesy of Open Road Films. Rated R. Running time: 88 minutes.

To learn more about the film, click here.


Directors' Statement

Making a film is always a challenge, a plunge into uncharted territory that is both terrifying and utterly exhilarating. In our previous film, Open Water, the challenge was telling the true story of a couple lost on the open ocean. When we were approached by producer Agnes Mentre to remake Gustavo Hernandez’s La Casa Muda, we were immediately intrigued and excited by the challenge of telling a story in a single unbroken camera shot. Making this film fascinated us, as it presented a unique approach to filmmaking, and a new way to experience a movie.
La Casa Muda was inspired by a true story that happened in a small village in Uruguay in the 1940’s. Laura took that seed in writing Silent House, striving to craft a multi-layered narrative that exploits the single take structure in telling the story of Sarah, her family’s complex history and secrets. Following Sarah in real time presented a perfect opportunity in particular to explore her experience of time, memory, and fear.
Silent House also gave us the chance to refine working together as co-filmmakers in a dynamic and synergistic process as we each took on varying roles. We worked tenaciously to bring the film from script to screen in less than seven months, beginning writing mid-June and wrapping principal photography in mid- November. Our fantastic actors and crew embraced the rigors involved in shooting this film. We were very fortunate to be working with a luminous and gifted leading lady, Elizabeth Olsen. Following her in a continuous take with no cuts, she draws the audience into her reality, provoking what we hope is an intensely visceral experience.

-- Chris Kentis and Laura Lau

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 public. Please bring a valid USC 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 8:20 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.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago