January 20, 2013, 2:00 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts and The Repertory Company invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of


Written/Directed/Produced by Steve Albrezzi
Followed by a Q&A with SCA Directing Faculty Steve Albrezzi
2:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 20th, 2013
Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdaly Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Commencement utilizes the diverse talents of many SCA alum and current students including:

Producers Vero Shamo Garcia and Charles R. Uy
Production Designer: Camila Tanabe
Editor: Cristina Malavenda
Associate Producers: David Chen and Sean Michael Smith
First AD: Jay New
Gaffer: Jon Barenboim
Camera Operator: Beth Jackson
DIT Max Slomoff
Production Sound: Arthur Baum
Sound Supervisors: Amy Reynolds and Marcello Dubaz
Assistant to the producer/actor/post coordinator: Lauren Brown
2nd AD: Laura Chin

This film also benefited greatly from the generous advice and support of many SCA staff and the production faculty - all great mates to sail the high seas.

About Commencement

Bright and shiny Christa Richmond (Amelia Rose Blair) is at the top of her class and the world. She delivers the valedictory speech at her university commencement, then heads home to celebrate and conquer the rest of the universe… only to discover that the next 24 hours is the beginning of her real education.

Starting with a relationship crisis and a roadside emergency, Christa’s well-organized plans unravel in funny and unexpected ways, beginning with a prickly tow-truck guy (Rick Gonzalez) and discoveries from the family and friends that have gathered for her graduation party. Her loving but troubled parents (Marin Hinkle and Arye Gross) cannot keep their struggles from erupting in ways that challenge Christa’s security while her quirky grandparents (Alan Rachins and Jennifer Warren) remind her that “people will surprise you” and that learning to dance through life’s detours might be the best education of all.

Commencement is a SAG Ultra Low Budget Feature and the inaugural production of The Repertory Company. Shot in just 12 days, Commencement features a sparkling ensemble cast including Marin Hinkle (Two and a Half Men, Once and Again, Deception), Arye Gross (Minority Report, Grey Gardens), Rick Gonzalez (War of the Worlds, Coach Carter), Jennifer Warren (Slapshot, Night Moves), Alan Rachins (Dharma and Greg, LA Law), Joan Almedilla  (Miss Saigon) and newcomers Bryan Dechart and Amelia Rose Blaire (Grimm, 90210). The Director of Photography is Joe Pennella (Monk, The Neighbors), Original Score by Ryan Beveridge and original songs by Derik Nelson.

Provided courtesy of The Repertory Company. Not rated. Running time: 94 minutes.

To learn more, visit the Official Website:


About the Guest

STEVE ALBREZZI: Writer, Producer, Director

Steve Albrezzi’s first film Fantasy in D Minor, with Alan Rosenberg and Lupe Ontiveros garnered the Best Director Award at WorldFest Houston and Best of the Fest at Santa Barbara Film Festival. His co-adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ play The Eclipse won Best Screen Adaptation at Charleston International Film Festival and was subsequently optioned by Goldie Hawn’s Cosmic Entertainment and Alliance Atlantis as a Special Event Movie for CBS. Mr. Albrezzi directed three seasons of It's A Miracle for NBC/PAX TV. His directing work has also been featured on the spirit segment of The Oprah Winfrey Show and on the PBS series Reading Rockets - Reading and the Brain with Henry Winkler. His 2007 documentary Reel Lives was the featured video installment at Benjamin Barber’s Interdependence Day in Mexico City.

Steve’s career began as a resident new play director for the internationally acclaimed Actor’s Theater of Louisville. In his long tenure there, he mounted several world premieres including Groves of Academe by Mark Stein, starring Chris Cooper and In Darkest America by Joyce Carol Oates. For the USIA, he directed the culminating event for The American Theater Exhibit in Budapest, Hungary. His production of Talking With by Jane Martin represented ATL in The International Festival of Australia. Other favorite productions include The Survivalist by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan, and the Mark Taper Forum and LACMA produced Cabaret Verboten with Roger Reese and Bebe Neuwirth. As an Artistic Associate for LA Theater Works, Mr. Albrezzi directed the recordings of David Henry Hwang’s M Butterfly with John Lithgow, B. D. Wong, David Dukes and Margaret Cho; Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca with Julie Harris, Amy Irving and Harris Yulin; Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass with Jobeth Williams, Larry Pressman and David Dukes; and Dan Gordon’s Murder in the First with Ed Asner, David Birney and Arye Gross, and Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Ibsen’s The Doll’s House, with Linda Purl and Robert Foxworth. For the BBC, NPR and the NEA, Mr. Albrezzi co-adapted and directed William Bradford Huey’s Ruby McCollum. The cast of 56 included Paul Winfield, Shirley Knight, Loretta Devine, Jean Smart, Kurtwood Smith, Kevin McCarthy, James Morrison, David Selby and John Randolph to name a few.

Last year, Steve completed another original screenplay, PARIS, which recently received a reading at Whitewater Films with a cast that included Joe Montegna, JoBeth Williams, James Morrison and Troian Bellisario. Mr. Albrezzi’s work has been recognized with several national and international awards. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the directing faculty at USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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 1:30 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 $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. Free street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Steve Albrezzi