TWIN PEAKS Series Retrospective: Episodes 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

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February 17, 2013, 2:30 P.M.

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

The USC School of Cinematic Arts and Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative invite all USC Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni to attend

Twin Peaks Series Retrospective:
Episodes 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

 
2:30 P.M. on Sunday, February 17th, 2013
 
Followed by a Q&A with Robert Bauer, Gregg Fienberg, Richard Hoover, Philip D. Segal, Paula K. Shimatsu-U, Carel Struycken, and Lenny Von Dohlen
 
Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
 
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 
 
There will be a 30-minute intermission between Episodes 2.3 & 2.4, during which coffee and donuts will be served in Queens Courtyard.
 
The Q&A will directly follow the screening of Episode 2.5.

About the Episodes

Twin Peaks CBS Trailer from Dan Moore on Vimeo.

Episode 2.1: May the Giant Be with You

A shot and bleeding Agent Cooper has visions of a giant; Audrey is imprisoned at the casino/bordello One-Eyed Jacks; Donna receives a strange message; Josie and Catherine are missing; a stirring Ronette relives Laura's murder.

Directed by David Lynch. Written by Mark Frost and David Lynch.
Running time: 93 minutes.

 

Episode 2.2: Coma

Cooper learns his ex-partner, Windom Earle, has escaped from a mental asylum; Major Briggs gives Cooper a message; Donna meets an eerie old woman and her grandson; Ben orders Leland killed; Deputy Andy thinks he's sterile; Audrey learns more about Laura, but is uncovered by a vengeful Blackie.

Directed by David Lynch. Written by Harley Peyton.
Running time: 46 minutes.

 

Episode 2.3: The Man Behind Glass

Donna finds a diary of Laura's at Harold Smith's house; Blackie holds Audrey hostage, and plots with Jean Renault; James and Madeleine become close, to Donna's dismay; Lucy lunches with Dick Tremayne; Dr. Jacoby undergoes hypnosis, leading to an arrest.

Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter. Written by Robert Engels.
Running time: 47 minutes.

 

Episode 2.4: Laura's Secret Diary

Cooper is stymied by an unusual request from Ben Horne to save Audrey's life; Josie introduces her "cousin" Jonathan from Hong Kong; Renault deals with Battis.

Directed by Todd Holland. Written by Jerry Stahl, Mark Frost, Harley Peyton,
and Robert Engels. Running time: 47 minutes.

 

Episode 2.5: The Orchid's Curse


Cooper and Truman stage a raid on One-Eyed Jacks; Leland attends his court hearing; Donna and Madeleine plot to steal Laura's secret diary from Harold Smith; Ben gets a business proposition.

Directed by Graeme Clifford. Written by Barry Pullman.
Running time: 47 minutes.

 

About the Guests

ROBERT BAUER (Actor, "Johnny Horne")

Robert began his career behind the camera appearing in some of film and television’s most beloved and iconic projects such as This is Spinal Tap, The Big Picture, Star Trek and Twin Peaks. He went on to work for visionary Hollywood producers Freddie Fields and later Jerry Weintruab’s W.E.G. He attended the American Film Institutes producer’s program where he produced his first short film Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School with Bill Hurt. The award winning short film went on to become a feature film of the same name starring Marisa Tomei and Robert Carlyle. Robert went on to produce short films for the likes of Academy award nominee Grant Heslov and Simpson’s voice actor and all around funny man Hank Azaria.

Drawing from his background in all facets of the entertainment business Robert co-founded Santa Monica based commercial, film and television boutique production company UNCLE where he headed the company’s creative development for film, television, branding and multi media productions across an ever changing and evolving landscape of distribution platforms.

Robert’s background in marketing and branding has allowed him to work with leading global brands such as Volkswagen, Mercedes, Nike, Warner Bros and Coca-Cola. Robert Co-Wrote and Produced Coca-Cola’s 4D ride film “In Search of the Secret Formula” screening exclusively at the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Ga. Rated the number 1 attraction in park guest exit polls; this film will play at the World of Coca Cola for the next decade.

Bauer co-created, executive produced and ran the Starz Original half hour comedy Head Case for 3 seasons and developed and executive produced the indie hit Waitress for Fox Searchlight. He developed and executive produced web series Love 15 for Warner Horizon, Inspire for Intel starring Lisa Ling and Hewlett-Packard’s Back to School starring Shaun White.

More recently Robert wrote and directed the mock documentary about the making of the global comedy franchise The Hangover 2 for Todd Phillips and Warner Bros. Robert has projects in development at Sony, Disney and Infintum Nihil.

GREGG FIENBERG (Producer)

Gregg D. Fienberg has served as one of HBO’s top producers since 2000. He is currently the Executive Producer of the smash hit drama series, “True Blood.”

Gregg graduated in 1983 from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Soon after, he ventured into the film business and has been a successful producer in television and film ever since.

Among his Television producing credits is the prestigious network series, “Twin Peaks,” for which he garnered an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe win for Best Series. He also produced “SeaQuest DSV” and the 2 hour TV movie “Class of 61” for Amblin Entertainment. For the past ten years, Gregg has been producing for HBO on many of their acclaimed series, including “Mind of The Married Man,” “Carnivale,” “Deadwood,” “John From Cincinnati” and “True Blood.” 

On “Deadwood” Gregg began his directing career, earning an Emmy Nomination for the first episode he directed. He has also received multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his producing of both "Deadwood" and "True Blood".

Gregg has also brought his production expertise to feature films. He developed and produced the critically acclaimed, Oscar Award winning (Best Adapted Screenplay) “Gods and Monsters.” For that film he won the award for Best Picture at the Independent Spirit Awards and was nominated for both the Golden Globe and the Producer Guild award.  His other film producing credits include “U2: Rattle and Hum”, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and “Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh.”

RICHARD HOOVER (Production Designer)

Bio coming soon.

PHILIP D. SEGAL (ABC Programming Executive during the production of Twin Peaks, Current CEO & Executive Producer: Original Productions)

Philip D. Segal is the CEO and Executive Producer of Original Productions, a FremantleMedia company, a post he has held since November, 2012. He is responsible for developing the creative and business vision of the Emmy® award-winning company for the current and future television production environment.

He joined Original Productions in 2005 as President and Executive Producer. During his first seven years at Original Productions, Segal had operating responsibility for Original Productions’ thousands of hours of original programming. Segal was responsible for integrating business, creative development and field production and post-production entities for all scripted and non-scripted programming. He is Executive Producer of ratings toppers such as Bering Sea Gold and Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice on Discovery, Storage Wars, Storage Wars: Texas and American Hoggers on A&E and Ice Road Truckers and Ax Men on History.

Prior to joining Original Productions, Segal spent three years as Executive Vice President of Bunim-Murray Productions and as Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for Tribune Entertainment. From 1990 to 1996, Segal was Executive Vice President of Amblin Television at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. Before joining Amblin, he was a programming executive at ABC Television.

Segal began his multi-faceted industry career at Fenton Feinberg Casting, the ICM TV Literary Department training program and Columbia Pictures Television. In the mid-1990’s he also ran Lakeshore Television, where he directed The Other Side of Monday, which won the “Best Director” Award from the New York International Film Festival. A long-time fan of the BBC’s popular science fiction series Doctor Who, Segal was instrumental in creating and producing The Doctor’s eighth regeneration in the 1996 telemovie, Doctor Who, bringing back the BBC favorite. In 2000, he co-wrote a book about the production, titled Doctor Who: Regeneration.

Born in the United Kingdom, Segal was raised in Southern California and is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Telecommunications. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS), a member of the National Association of Broadcasters NAB Show® Program Advisory Group and is on the Board of Directors of the prestigious Mountain Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado.

PAULA K. SHIMATSU-U (Unit Publicist, Assistant to Mark Frost)

Born into a family involved in acting at the age of four, Shimatsu-U worked with major powerhouse actors such as Cary Grant, Ann Bancroft (first leading role), Glen Ford, Tony Curtis, Ricardo Montalban, Florence Henderson, Elvis Presley, Kurt Russell in minor roles in films, television and stage production. Continued to study theater arts in junior high school and at UC Berkeley.

Paula started her career as Creative Director and Producer at the age of nine during the pre-production of “The King and I” for opening production at the LA Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Wondering how to best capture the critical scenes between the royal children and Anna and that of the royal theatrical troupe, the photographer and producer were open-minded and accepted the suggestions offered by nine year old Shimatsu-U, resulting in photos that were prominently displayed in the production programs.

Working for well-known brands (Pan Am, Congressman Waxman, and many other notables), Paula had just started working with long-time friend Herbie Hancock. Tony Krantz, an old college friend, had paired David Lynch and Mark Frost for a TV pilot called “Northwest Passages” resulting in her hiring as assistant to Mark Frost.

Wanting to explore her dramatic arts roots from behind the camera, Paula joined Mark and David with research for the pilot and series. She has been able to successfully apply her unique to ability think outside of the box  in various industries capitalizing on her uncanny offbeat and refreshing style. Her ability to work in a variety of diverse fields such as the aerospace, high tech, financial, banking, satellite, real estate, public relations, merchandising, and other venues have consistently proven her ability as a truly unique visionary.

One of the two original Lynch-Frost employees, some of her pertinent accomplishments included:

·       Research for pilot and series for Mark and David
·       Suggested storyline and character introduction (Maddy, Josie)
·       Unit Publicist
·       Photographer for series on set, props, publicity, marketing, promotions
·       Photo shoots on and off site
·       Photos used for cast members personal fan mail
·       Merchandising ideas - received Lynch’s approval on 99% of my submissions
·       Photos used for Starpics (trading cards) and original soundtrack album
·       Screened script submissions
·       Screened directors’ reels submissions
·       Assisted ADR scheduling
·       Started charitable events
·       Album cover photos
·       Introduced recycling to RR Diner/Storyline to encourage being ecologically responsible
·       Art Director for photos for ABC promotions, marketing, publicity and Lynch-Frost.
·       Fan mail
·       Created and designed themed Directors’ wrap cakes
·       Pie and coffee events with cast
·       Created Concept of Viewing parties and Twin Peaks themed restaurant special menus and events
·       Created bio and back story for Fumio Yamaguchi aka Tojamura (Piper Laurie) 

It is impossible to count the many hats Shimatsu-U wore during her tenure on the show. It should be interesting to revisit and explore some of her accomplishments and contributions during her time at Lynch-Frost Productions.

A variety of upcoming projects include various artwork, books and some surprises should be of interest to Twin Peaks and other fans.

Several photographs are being made available to the USC series in various formats, which Paula anticipates being exciting and satisfying to those able to participate in this wonderful series. Paula wishes to acknowledge Brian Kursar of Dugpa and Mischa Cronin of Twin Peaks Archives for their tremendous help and support.

CAREL STRUCYKEN (Actor, "The Giant")

Carel Struycken was born in the Hague, The Netherlands. When he was four years old his family moved to Curacao, an island in the Caribbean. At age sixteen, he returned to Holland, where he finished high school. He graduated from the directing program at the film school in Amsterdam after which he attended the American Film Institute for one year.

In Los Angeles, he collaborated on a number of projects of writer/director Rene Daalder. He was "discovered" as an actor at the corner of Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles by a lady who had abandoned her car in the middle of the street, calling after him, "We need you for a movie!". The movie was Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978). The turning point in his acting career however was Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985) (TV), a George Lucas film. In addition to cinema, he has also appeared on TV, notably as the recurring character, valet Mr. Homn, on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987).

Carel has also contributed to hardware and software development of virtual reality systems. Since 2006, Carel has further developed his photography skills, specializing in spherical panoramas, and is currently working on a large panorama project for a major film studio. His most recent media appearance was in "For Better or for Worse", a short documentary disguised as a music video: http://vimeo.com/28468807

LENNY VON DOHLEN (Actor, "Harold Smith")

Lenny Von Dohlen's film debut was in the Academy-Award winning TENDER MERCIES, starring Robert Duvall, written by Horton Foote and directed by Bruce Baresford. From that performance Mr. Von Dohlen was given the leading role in MGM/UA's ELECTRIC DREAMS. Other leading roles quickly followed: UNDER THE BILTMORE CLOCK, BLIND VISION, JENNIFER 8, Ed Zwick's LEAVING NORMAL, David Lynch's TWIN PEAKS-FIRE WALK WITH ME, and the title role in BILLY GALVIN, opposite Karl Malden.

In a career known for depth, diverstiy, and mostly dramatic roles, Mr. Von Dohlen shook things up hilariously when he played one of the bumbling bad guys in 20th Century Fox's HOME ALONE III. This came on the heels of a string of amazingly complex roles in highly regarded indy films such as TOLLBOOTH, BIRD OF PREY, ENTERTAINING ANGELS, FRONTLINE, CADILLAC, and BEAUTIFUL LOSER.

Mr. Von Dohlen made an auspicious television debut in the Emmy Award-winning KENT STATE, and has appeared in some of television's most highly regarded shows such as  THIRTYSOMETHING, PICKET FENCES, CHICAGO HOPE, THE LAZARUS MAN, THE PRETENDER, CSI MIAMI, and DON'T TOUCH, directed by Beau Bridges.  

However, he is probably best known for having created the agoraphobic orchid-growing Harold Smith in David Lynch's ground breaking series TWIN PEAKS. More recently he appeared in PSYCHE and in Masterpiece Theater's presentation of Eudora Welty's THE PONDER HEART (directed by Martha Coolidge) on PBS.

Above all, the theater is Von Dohlen's first love.  In New York, he has created roles in ASIAN SHADE, THE TEAM, TWISTER, VANISHING ACT and THE MADERATI, the latter two both Richard Greenberg. For nine month he starred in Carol Churchill's hit play CLOUD 9, directed by Tommy Tune, followed by The Roundabout Theater's revival of DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS opposite Kathy Baker. Regionally: HAMLET, ROMEO & JULIET, Joe Orton's LOOT, Lanford Wilson's one-man play A POSTER OF THE COSMOS, DOUBT (IRT) directed by James Still and played  in LEGACY OF LIGHT (The Cleveland Playhouse), directed by Bart DeLorenzo.

On the West coast, he has played in Wedekind's LULU (La Jolla Playhouse), THEATER DISTRICT (Black Dahlia Theater), Bart De Lorenzo's production of DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE (SCR), and played Voltaire in the much acclaimed world premier of Jean Claude van Itallie's LIGHT, (Theater @ Boston Court) directed by Jessica Kubzansky, with Best Actor nominations from the L.A. Critics Circle, Ovation & Theatergoers Awards. Last season at T@BC he appeared again, playing 3 roles, including Don Quixote in Kubzanzky's production of Tennessee William's CAMINO REAL. Most recently he was seen as Elyot in PRIVATE LIVES (GTC).

About the Moderator

ALESSANDRO AGO is the Director of Programming and Special Projects at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he programs film screenings, festivals, guest speakers and special events. In addition to programming the popular undergraduate courses Theatrical Film Symposium, taught by Leonard Maltin, and Television Symposium, taught by Howard Rosenberg, Ago also curates Outside the Box [Office], a screening series dedicated to bringing new international, documentary and independent cinema to USC. During a typical semester, Outside the Box [Office] offers over 50 new pre-release movies to students, faculty and alumni, often followed by conversations with the filmmakers, which Ago moderates. He oversees all Deans Council Visions and Voices programming for the School of Cinematic Arts and has produced festivals celebrating the work of John Wayne, Roger Corman, Costa Gavras, Maurice Jarre, Albert Broccoli and the James Bond franchise, as well as world cinema showcases focusing on Japan, Italy, Bollywood and the Middle East and an ongoing series of Live in HD satellite broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Ago is currently teaching a course called Italian Genre Cinema and Society for the Italian Department at USC, and has taught two undergraduate courses for the SCA Summer Program: Transnational Nightmares and Filmmaking, Italian Style. He co-produced the 2006 & 2007 editions of Los Angeles - Italia: The Film, Fashion and Art Fest at Mann's Chinese 6-plex, as well as the 2006 Capri - Hollywood Film Festival in Capri, Italy. He also works for the Sundance Institute as a screener in the International Documentary Feature department, helping to select films for competition for the Sundance Film Festival.

Both an Italian and American citizen, he grew up in Washington D.C. and Rome, Italy. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts' Critical Studies division.

About the USC Twin Peaks Retrospective

Over the course of the Spring 2013 semester, the USC School of Cinematic Arts will host a complete series retrospective of ABC's landmark 1990 prime-time drama, Twin Peaks, created by David Lynch & Mark Frost. Each week, episodes of the series will be followed by in-depth Q&As with key cast & crew from the production. Coffee and pie and/or donuts will be served at intermission.

The complete series will be screened across seven Sunday afternoons from January through April 2013, with the following order (start times & running times will vary):

Sunday, January 27th at 4:00PM: Pilot, Episodes 1.2, 1.3
Sunday, February 10th at 2:30PM: Episodes 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8
Sunday, February 17th at 2:30PM: Episodes 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5
Sunday, March 3rd at 4:00PM: Episodes 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9
Sunday, March 10th at 3:00PM: Episodes 2.10, 2.11, 2.12, 2.13, 2.14
Sunday, March 24th at 3:00PM: Episodes 2.15, 2.16, 2.17, 2.18, 2.19
Sunday, April 14th: Episodes 2.20, 2.21, 2.22

A 35mm screening of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me will take place in May 2013.

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 2:00 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 $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.

About Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative

Visions and Voices is a university-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. The initiative was established by USC President C. L. Max Nikias during his tenure as provost in order to fulfill the goals set forth in USC's strategic plan; to communicate USC's core values to students; and to affirm the human spirit. Emphasizing the university's commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, the initiative features a spectacular array of events conceived and organized by faculty and schools throughout the university. The series includes theatrical productions, music and dance performances, conferences, lectures, film screenings and many other special events both on and off campus. Each program invites students to dialogue and interact with artists, writers, professors and special guests. These interactions provide a dynamic experience of the arts and humanities and encourage active exploration of USC's core values, including freedom of inquiry and expression, team spirit, appreciation of diversity, commitment to serving one's community, entrepreneurial spirit, informed risk-taking, ethical conduct and the search for truth.

For more information, visit www.usc.edu/visionsandvoices

Produced by Alessandro Ago for the USC School of Cinematic Arts

Contact Information

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