November 20, 2012, 7:00 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


Outside the Box [Office] and Focus Features invite you and a guest to a special evening with Patricia Arquette, Bill Pullman, SCA Professor Mary Sweeney and a screening of David Lynch's

Lost Highway (1997)

Directed by David Lynch
Written by David Lynch and Barry Gifford
Produced by Mary Sweeney, Deepak Nayar,
and Tom Sternberg
Edited by Mary Sweeney
Followed by a Q&A with Patricia Arquette, Bill Pullman and SCA Writing Professor Mary Sweeney

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

The Ray Stark Family Theatre
, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


About Lost Highway (1997)

Fred (Bill Pullman) is an avant-garde jazz saxophonist who shares a luxurious but fashionably barren house with his wife Renee (Patricia Arquette). Fred suspects that Renee may be unfaithful to him, but realizes he has bigger things to worry about when a series of videotapes appear at his door that prove someone is watching his home from the outside and inside. When Renee is found murdered, Fred finds himself behind bars, but one morning Fred is no longer in his cell. He has seemingly been transformed into Pete Drayton (Balthazar Getty), a young auto mechanic who foolishly allowed himself to get involved with the wife of gangster Dick Laurent (Robert Loggia), a luscious blonde named Alice who looks exactly like Renee.

35mm print provided courtesy of Focus Features. Rated R. Running time: 134 minutes.

Visit David Lynch's website online at davidlynch.com


About the Guests

PATRICIA ARQUETTE (Actor, "Renee Madison/Alice Wakefield")

Patricia Arquette has recently finished production on Sam Garbarski’s independent feature, VIJAY AND I in Luxembourg. Patricia has completed seven seasons as Allison Dubois on the critically-acclaimed series MEDIUM, for which she has received numerous accolades, including the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and many subsequent Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations. Arquette recently wrapped shooting Patricia Riggen’s SEE IF I CARE opposite Eva Mendes.

Her feature film credits include Richard Linklater’s “12 Year Movie a.k.a. Boyhood,” which shot the life of a boy from the first grade through high school graduation; Andrew Davis’ “Holes,” starring opposite Sigourney Weaver and Jon Voight; Michel Gondry’s “Human Nature”; “The Badge,” opposite Billy Bob Thornton; and “Little Nicky,” opposite Adam Sandler.

Arquette has worked with a stellar list of directors in such critically-acclaimed films as: Martin Scorsese’s “Bringing Out the Dead” (opposite Nicolas Cage), Rupert Wainwright’s “Stigmata” (opposite Gabriel Byrne), Sean Penn’s “The Indian Runner,” John Madden’s “Ethan Frome,” Tony Scott’s “True Romance,” Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood,” David O. Russell’s “Flirting With Disaster,” John Boorman’s “Beyond Rangoon,” “Lost Highway” (in a dual role for David Lynch), Steven Frears’ “Hi Lo Country” and Roland Jaffe’s “Goodbye Lover.”

Among Arquette’s TV movie credits is “Wildflower,” directed by Diane Keaton, for which Arquette earned a CableAce Award as Best Lead Actress.

The granddaughter of comedian Cliff Arquette (best known for his television personality “Charlie Weaver”), Arquette comes from a family ensconced in the entertainment industry. Her father was actor Lewis Arquette and her siblings – Rosanna, Alexis, Richmond and David Arquette – are all actors.

Last spring, after visiting Haiti and seeing first-hand the destruction caused by the devastating earthquake that hit the island, Arquette started up the charity, GiveLove, to help provide victims of the Haiti earthquake with sustainable housing and assist in rebuilding communities in the aftermath of the disaster.  For further information on GiveLove, please visit www.givelove.org.  

Born in Chicago, Arquette currently resides in Los Angeles, where she was raised. Her birth date is April 8.

BILL PULLMAN (Actor, "Fred Madison")

Bill Pullman started acting professionally in the New York theater in 1983, and shortly after began his film career which currently spans over sixty features. He currently stars in the NBC series 1600 Penn, set to premiere in January 2013.

In the last year, he was an on-camera subject for the documentary The Fruit Hunters (to be released in 2013), he performed in Beth Henley’s play The Jacksonian (with Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Glenne Headley), was in filmmaker Cherien Dabis’ next feature May In The Summer (shot in Jordan), and has been developing a dance/theater piece, Healing Wars, with choreographer Liz Lerman and his modern dancer wife, Tamara, which will premiere in 2013.

His movie work includes blockbuster comedies (Ruthless People, Spaceballs, Casper), dramas (The Serpent and the Rainbow, The Accidental Tourist, Igby Goes Down), romantic comedies (Sleepless in Seattle, While You Were Sleeping), action, (Independence Day), thrillers (Malice), westerns (The Virginian, Wyatt Earp), film noir (The Last Seduction, Lost Highway, The Zero Effect), horror (The Grudge), and two television mini-series (Revelations, Torchwood).

His theater work includes acting in the Broadway world premiere of Edward Albee’s The Goat (Drama Desk nomination), Albee's Peter and Jerry (Drama Desk Nomination), the Kennedy Center production of The Subject Was Roses (Helen Hays nomination).

Bill directed for the anthology TV series Night Visions, and directed and produced the TNT movie The Virginian (Wrangler Award/Best Picture, 2000). He wrote and directed Expedition 6 that premiered in September at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco.

Bill has been an "Ambassador" for the MS Society since 1998, served on the board of Cornerstone Theater Company (using theater collaborations to engage the issues of underserved communities), and has helped facilitate health and art programs in his hometown of Hornell, New York where his father practiced medicine.

Bill received a BA from the State University College at Oneonta, and an MFA in Theater Directing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He taught in the Theater Department at Montana State University in Bozeman for two years before heading to New York. His wife Tamara Hurwitz Pullman is a modern dancer (BA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MFA in Dance from Temple University).

MARY SWEENEY (Producer, Editor)

Director/Writer/Producer/Editor, Professor Sweeney is a long time collaborator of David Lynch. Beginning with BLUE VELVET (1986,) she edited TWIN PEAKS FIRE WALK WITH ME (1990,) LOST HIGHWAY (1997,) THE STRAIGHT STORY (2000,) and MULHOLLAND DRIVE (2001,) for which she won the British Academy Award for Best Editing. Sweeney’s producing credits date to 1994 with NADJA, directed by Michael Almereyda, and include LOST HIGHWAY, THE STRAIGHT STORY, MULHOLLAND DRIVE and INLAND EMPIRE, directed by Lynch, as well as her directorial debut, BARABOO. In addition to producing and editing, she wrote the screenplay for THE STRAIGHT STORY, which earned Richard Farnsworth an Academy Award nomination. Sweeney edited BARABOO, based on her original screenplay.  Baraboo has been awarded a prize for Best First Feature at the Galway Film Festival, and a jury prize for Best Director and Best Feature at the Wisconsin Film Festival. Sweeney is an Associate Professor of Screenwriting at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. She is a Trustee of the Board of Film Independent, sponsor of the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

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 6:30 P.M.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 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