ALMOST KINGS

May 31, 2012, 7:00 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

The SCA Alumni Screening Series and Breaking Glass Pictures invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Almost Kings


Directed by Philip G. Flores
Written by Philip G. Flores and Max Doty
 
Followed by a Q&A with Philip G. Flores and actors Alex Russell, Haley Ramm and Adam Cagley
 
7:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 31st, 2012
 
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
 
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 
WINNER – NETFLIX FIND YOUR VOICE FILM COMPETITION
 
OFFICIAL SELECTION
:
2010 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL
2010 BENDFILM FESTIVAL
2010 STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL
2011 CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2011 ASHLAND INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

About Almost Kings

With their father lost in anger and self-loathing, “Truck” Wheeler has raised his younger brother Ted as best as he could, considering he’s just a teenager himself. In return, Ted idolizes his brother. Now, during their one year of high school together, Ted will realize there are troubling aspects to Truck and his party-hardy gang, “The Kings.” Sometimes, acceptance comes with a price.

Provided courtesy of Breaking Glass Pictures. Unrated. Running time: 91 minutes.

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

Official Twitter: www.twitter.com/almostkingsfilm

 

Director's Statement

A part of me had always been stuck in high school. No matter where I was, the crowded halls, awkward dances, and late-night gatherings at Denny’s never left my thoughts. While everyone gets hit with nostalgia, I knew it was more than that for me. For the last ten or so years since I graduated, I wanted to better understand why high school had affected me so profoundly.
 
It’s no wonder then that a lot of the films that have inspired me are high school movies. From The Breakfast Club and Say Anything to Rushmore and Election, each of those films told stories that underscored the uncertainty their young characters faced as they struggled to decide who they wanted to be. I’ve always wanted to make a film from that canon, but I hadn’t found the right story to tell.
 
Four years ago, when I first read Max’s short story called “Bug,” a brutally realistic take on high school, I was immediately captivated. Max beautifully captured the loneliness of high school, the struggle for identity, and the pressure to belong. Unknowingly, Max had written about my experience of high school. I knew I had my first feature.
 
Almost Kings is about two very different brothers, Ted and Truck, and how they each deal with the sexualized world of high school, as personified by the Kings. Because the film is told from Ted’s point-of-view, it was important for me to depict how alluring the Kings are. Through Truck, it’s slowly revealed how empty and vicious they truly are. High school films often portray these characters as the victimizers, and I wanted to shift away from the norm and depict them as the victims.
 
In many ways, making Almost Kings has been a four-year exercise in exorcizing the demons of high school. Like Ted, I thought high school was all about running with the cool kids, doing bad things, and kissing the pretty girls, but it’s much more than that. Those memories have laid the foundation for the kind of stories I want to tell. Now that this odyssey back to high school is over, I know I’ll never fully get over high school, and I’m cool with that.

-- Philip G. Flores

About the Guests

Philip G. Flores (CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR)

Philip G. Flores is a writer, producer, and director. After being selected for the 2009 Film Independent Screenwriting Lab, his script Almost Kings, co-written with Max Doty, was named the grand prize winner in the 2009 Netflix FIND Your Voice competition.  
 
While attending USC's School of Cinematic Arts, Flores produced several USC projects including the award-winning Holocaust film Crescent Star and directed the USC-financed comedy short Square Wheels. He has also worked in development at DreamWorks Pictures, Everyman Pictures, and Bobker/Kruger Films. Flores earned a MFA in Film/TV Production from USC and a BA in Creative Writing from Stanford University.  
 
In addition to his filmmaking work, Flores has volunteered as an instructor at The Ghetto Film School, a non-profit, South Bronx-based organization headed by filmmakers David O. Russell and Spike Jonze that teaches underprivileged youth how to make movies. 

HALEY RAMM (Actor, "Kallea")

Since arriving in Los Angeles at 11 years old the now 20 year old has landed roles in blockbuster films, independent films and on prime time TV. "I was that little kid who always knew what I wanted to do. I dragged my parents to Hollywood and convinced them that I could make it."

Her feature film credits, in addition to Almost Kings, include the 2010 Sundance favorite Skateland; Rubber, which debuted at The Cannes Film Festival; Young Jean Grey in X Men: The Last Stand; Flightplan; and Into The Wild. She has 3 films slated for 2012-2013 releases including Disconnect directed by Academy Award Nominee Henry Alex Ruben. She is currently filming ImagiGARY written and directed by Charlie McDermott from ABC’s The Middle.

Her small screen resume includes the lead in MTV’s Worst Prom Ever as well as starring roles in other television movies and a dramatic story arc spanning two seasons on Without a Trace. Her guest appearances on more than a dozen other shows include The Mentalist; NCIS: Los Angeles; Lie to Me; Grey's Anatomy; CSI; ER and more. In 2009, Ramm took a comedic turn in a starring role on Nickelodeon’s top rated iCarly.

ADAM CAGLEY (Actor, "Reggie")

Adam Cagley grew up strumming his ukulele, drawing comics and relaxing on his massage chair as he dreamed of becoming an actor. At the mere age of 8, while performing at a Dinner Theatre in Lancaster He was spotted by his first agent. He ended up booking his very first audition, a camera commercial and never looked back. From there, Adam went on to star in several national commercials like AT&T and caught the attention of producers which jump started him into guest starring roles on Nickelodeon shows as "All That," "Ned's De-Classified" and then onto the Disney shows "Suite Life of Zack and Cody," "Hanna Montana" and recently "Good Luck Charlie." He also had fun keeping up with Tracey Ullman on her show "State of the Union."

As a teenager, Adam took his career in his own hands, producing his own film shorts for fun in junior high school and then went on to write two features, one is a Zombie film in the vein of "Shaun of the Dead" meets "Men in Black" and the other is a golf comedy. And before the young age of 20, he has created his own comic book and a written a novel. Off camera, he enjoys his artistic talent painting and drawing. An all around renaissance guy, he makes time to fit in band practice with his newly formed group "Wallace and the Pilgrim" playing the ukulele, bass and drums. Adam also gives back on a regular basis splitting his time with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society which enforces ocean conservation law and the YMCA youth camps volunteering as a counselor every summer where he used to be a camper himself.

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 Spring 2012 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

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid 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.

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 street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

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