Movies We Love Presents: MENACE II SOCIETY (1993)

March 21, 2017, 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

Movies We Love and New Line Cinema invite you and a guest to attend a special retrospective screening of

Menace II Society (1993)

Directed by The Hughes Brothers
Screenplay by Tyger Williams
Story by Allen & Albert Hughes and Tyger Williams
Produced by Darin Scott

Followed by a Q&A with Albert Hughes, Tyger Williams,
Darin Scott, and Tyrin Turner

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



About Menace II Society (1993)

The place is Watts, but it could be any urban area blighted by guns and poverty. The person is 18-year-old Caine, but he could be any young man in the 'hood. The movie could only be Menace II Society, the bravura, uncompromising look at Caine's spiral – from missed opportunities to inescapable missteps – into the inner-city cycle of hate and death. The filmmaking duo The Hughes Brothers (Dead Presidents, From Hell) made their feature debut with this urgent instant classic.

Provided courtesy of New Line Cinema. Rated R. Running time: 97 minutes.


About the Guests

ALBERT HUGHES (Director, Story by, Co-Producer)

Albert Hughes (Director/Producer/Writer) is the acclaimed director of such films as “Menace To Society,” “Dead Presidents,” “From Hell” and “The Book of Eli.” Hughes came to acclaim with his directorial debut film “Menace to Society.” The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993 and went on to both box office and critical acclaim.
Known for his striking and visceral directing style, the follow up to his groundbreaking debut film was the 1995 Vietnam-era film “Dead Presidents” starring Larenz Tate. In 2001, Hughes directed “From Hell,” starring Johnny Depp, based on Alan Moore’s graphic novel about Jack the Ripper. More recently, Hughes directed and produced the post-apocalyptic, “The Book of Eli,” starring Denzel Washington.
Earlier in his career Hughes created ground-breaking music videos for the likes of Tupac Shakur which helped create the modern music video style. He has also directed numerous television commercials.

Hughes is currently in post-production on the feature film "The Solutrean" for Studio 8.

TYGER WILLIAMS (Screenwriter/Co-Producer/SCA Professor)

Tyger Williams most recently wrote the thriller The Perfect Guy, starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut. He just completed the feature thriller Bad Influence for Broadgreen Pictures, based on his original pitch, which is is due to start production in 2017. He is currently co-writing and co-executive producing a limited series for ABC studios based upon the bestselling novel A Slave in the White House, as well as developing The Devil and Missouri Daniel, a one-hour series based upon an article published in Slate. Additionally, Williams is planning to direct an adaptation of the Edgar Award nominated crime novel Pyres, which he co-wrote with its author, Derek Nikitas.

His previous work includes Menace II Society, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and was subsequently nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and won the MTV Best Movie of the Year award. Williams has since written or rewritten numerous film and television scripts.

He is an Adjunct Professor in the Writing Division at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and has served as a Creative Advisor for the Sundance Institute Labs in Utah, the Czech Republic, and Jordan. He has served as a Creative Advisor to the Laboratotio Novas Historias Screenwriting Lab in Brazil, conducted workshops for the Africa International Film Festival in Nigeria, and served in Cairo as a Film Expert to the American Film Showcase, a Public Diplomacy initiative by the U.S. Department of State in partnership with the University of Southern California. Williams is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild of America, West and. He attended the University of Utah and California State University Long Beach, where he studied film, television, and marketing.

DARIN SCOTT (Producer)

Darin Scott studied chemical engineering at USC before launching a successful career as a feature film producer-writer-director.

Scott's various Producer credits include: From A Whisper To A Scream, which he also wrote; Stepfather II; To Sleep with Anger, starring Danny Glover; Directors Allen and Albert Hughes' classic Menace II Society; the comic hit Fear of a Black Hat; Love and a .45, starring Renee Zellweger; Tales from the Hood, which Scott also wrote; Sprung, from yet another Scott script; the hit Screen Gems release, The Brothers, and the new web-series Failing Man.

Scott has written scripts for Disney, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, New Line, Paramount, Universal, ABC, Interscope, BET, and Lionsgate.

Scott wrote the screenplay for Waist Deep, a summer of 2006 release from Rogue Pictures. Scott directed Caught Up from his own script. He wrote and directed the supernatural horror thriller Dark House, winner of the Shriekfest Film Festival and the Fangoria Frightfest, which was theatrically released during the summer of 2010. Scott directed the psychological thriller Something Wicked, which was theatrically released in 2014.

Twelve of Scott’s feature films have been national theatrical releases. They’ve won prizes at Sundance, been screened in Director’s Fortnight at Cannes, won 6 IFP Spirit Awards, won the MTV Best Movie Award, been listed on dozens of Top Ten critics lists, and grossed well over 100 million dollars at the Box Office.

Scott has written and directed eight episodes of the HBO original series Femme Fatales for the 2011-2012 seasons. He also directed the supernatural thriller American Horror House, which aired in 2012.

Scott also recently directed the musical comedy House Party: Tonight’s The Night for Warner Bros, which was released in the summer of 2013, the suspense drama Shaker Pointe, which played on Lifetime Network in 2015, and the independent feature films I Know Where Lizzie Is and Deadly Mistakes, both slated for release in 2016.


Tyrin Turner, born in LA, was put on the map by filmmakers the Hughes Brothers after they spotted him in Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation music video, and cast him as "Caine" the lead in their theatrical debut Menace II Society. The film, which also starred Larenz Tate and Jada Pinkett had huge critical success and changed the face of urban dramas of the day garnering Turner an Independent Spirit Award nomination for best male lead. Turner went on to appear in more 90s films like Panther and Soldier Boys and had a reccuring role on the hit TV drama Chicago Hope. Turner also created the enduring banana eating, wig wearing character "Big" in another urban drama, Belly. In 2013 Jamie Foxx cast Turner in the lead role for his short film And She Was My Eve, for the Canon Project Imagination program. Recently Turner appeared in the Mike Epps starrer horror comedy Meet the Blacks, several TV programs and in Jamie Foxx's theatrical directorial debut All-Star Weekend starring Foxx, Jeremy Pivens, Eva Longoria and a plethora of known actors. Behind the scenes Turner is a writer with credits on TV series, specials and radio.

About Movies We Love -- A message from Timothy Dowling, USC Alum, Screenwriter, and SCA Representative on the USC Board of Governors

One of the my favorite things about going to USC was in film classes occasionally you’d see a movie that you’d never seen before or one you’d never seen on the big screen and then it would become one of your favorite movies for the rest of your life.

One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles is that occasionally we get to see great movies up on the big screen and occasionally have those that made the films come and speak. This is something really unique to our city and doesn’t really happen anywhere else in the world.

So when the Cinema School asked me to represent them on the Alumni Board of Governors, the first thing I wanted to do was start a program at the school where we show great movies that we love and get people that worked on them to come to campus and speak about them.

It’s called MOVIES WE LOVE. And the hope is to just show you movies that we love that maybe you love also or have never seen or never seen on the big screen.

Hope to see you there. And FIGHT ON,

Timothy Dowling

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free and open to the public, though RSVPs are required. Please bring a valid USC or State 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.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

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