May 4, 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
The SCA Alumni Screening Series and High Noon California invite you and a guest to a special screening of
Written & Directed by SCA Alumni Alex Haughey and Brian Vidal
Produced by Alex Haughey
Followed by a Q&A with Alex Haughey, Brian Vidal,
and Cast Members Richard Neil and Savannah Liles
7:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 4th, 2017
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.
Prodigy is a contained, science fiction thriller with some Twilight Zone edge. The film centers around a psychologist who is called into a military compound to treat their most dangerous patient. Ushered into an interrogation cell, he is taken aback by what he finds — a young girl in a straitjacket, firmly strapped to a chair. The girl exhibits supernatural intelligence, which incites a battle of wits, pitting the psychologist against this miniature Hannibal Lecter. As their session progresses, he begins to peel back the layers of mystery, and uncovers how desperate and dangerous this situation really is...
Provided courtesy of High Noon California. Not rated. Running time: 80 minutes.
About the Guests
ALEX HAUGHEY (Writer/Director/Producer/SCA Alumnus)
A good ole’ midwestern boy at heart, Alex found his way into filmmaking growing upon the plains of Kansas. A nostalgia-fueled imagination drove his cinematic endeavors, culminating in a feature length remake of a childhood favorite (Ninja Turtles). That same vision carried him to the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and on into the film industry. Most notably he worked as a Creative Executive for Lawrence Gordon Productions and a Cinematic Director for Starbreeze Studios. All the while, he cultivated his own creative instincts through a variety of short projects.
BRIAN VIDAL (Writer/Director/SCA Alumnus)
A Bay Area native, Brian began his filmmaking journey in the backyards of Lucasfilm and Pixar. Armed with a VHS camcorder and the help of his too-many-to-count siblings, Brian spent much of his youth behind the camera, exploring the art of cinema. His passion for storytelling led him to the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he fine-tuned his technique under the guidance of film and TV professionals. Since graduating, Brian has built his own production company, worked as an editor at Electronic Arts, and screened his short films at festivals worldwide.
Alex & Brian’s story is a classic "director meets director" tale. They met at USC 10 years ago, where they discovered a mutual passion for filmmaking, mirth-making & sandwich-making. After a decade of friendship and collaboration, they decided to take their relationship to the next level... embarking on their first feature film together. Prodigy is that film.
RICHARD NEIL (Actor, "Fonda")
Born in New York City, Richard is agraduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse, and was a key member of the Chopstick Theatre in Charleston, S.C. He toured extensively, performing classic roles. Featured in a number of popular television series (The Bold and the Beautiful, Entourage, Veronica Mars), Richard also has extensive experience in voice-over and commercial work. Richard’s genuine and understated approach enable him to slide into the role of the leading man with ease.
SAVANNAH LILES (Actor, "Ellie")
Originally from Sedona, AZ, Savannah moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career just over a year ago. Her personality and prowess propelled her forward in the business very quickly. Savannah has proven her talent in a range of diverse work (from Nickelodeon to American Horror Story), and was rewarded for it last year with a Young Artist Award. Savannah’s depth and emotional control give her a truly unique screen presence, and set her apart from her contemporaries.
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 2017 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.
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 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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