FRIENDS FROM COLLEGE

July 20, 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

Outside the Box [Office], USC Comedy at the School of Cinematic Arts, and Netflix, invite you and a guest to a special screening of the first two episodes of
 

Friends from College

 
A Netflix Original Series Created by
Nicholas Stoller and Francesca Delbanco


Followed by a Q&A with Nicholas Stoller and Francesca Delbanco

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 20th, 2017
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.


Screenings will include Episodes 101 & 102.

All eight half-hour episodes of Friends from College will become available exclusively to Netflix members worldwide on July 14, 2017, at 12:01 a.m. PST.
 

About Friends from College


From creators Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Neighbors, The Muppets) and Francesca Delbanco comes Friends from College, a new adult comedy series starring Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Fred Savage, Nat Faxon, Jae Suh Park and Billy Eichner.

Set in New York City, the show follows a group of friends that met while attending Harvard almost two decades ago. As their careers and personal lives undergo major changes, they discover their friendships may not stay the same, either.

Provided courtesy of Netflix. Not rated. Combined running time for both episodes: 60 minutes.

Visit the Official Website: https://www.netflix.com/title/80117485

  

About the Creators


Friends from College is a personal project for real-life couple Stoller and Delbanco, who, like their characters, remain close with their Harvard friends.

“(Our friends) are our family, but also, when we get around each other, we all regress,” Stoller says. “So all these friendships are now 20 years old, but we still act often like we’re 20 around each other.”

Known for helming comedies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Neighbors and Get Him to the Greek, Stoller directed all eight episodes of Friends from College. A few cast members had met Stoller and Delbanco before the project, and all of them admired their previous work.

“Honestly, for me, and talking to most of the cast, just the fact that Nick and Francesca were doing it, we’re like, ‘OK, we’re in,’” Savage says.

A big part of the pair’s appeal is their writing, which inserts relatable and complicated characters into funny, messy situations.

“I think Nick and Francesca just have an incredible way of zooming in on the honest day-to-day of living life,” Parisse says.

“There are classic physical moments that are akin to slapstick, and then there are really deep, uncomfortable, The Office, (Ricky) Gervais kinds of moments, and there are also very lovely, touching moments,” Key says of the show.

Before shooting, the cast rehearsed for two weeks, which helped them become even more comfortable with each other. Key says Stoller was particularly helpful in bringing out his more serious side as an actor.

“(This series) is so different than sketch, and I needed a person to help me pull it back – help me get to my dramatic roots – because sometimes the best comedy comes out of the dramatic moments,” Key says.

And while everyone worked incredibly hard making the show, Stoller and Delbanco say they enjoyed the process as much as the result.

“Nick is having a blast,” Key says. “To hear him cackle, or hear bursts of laughter when we finish (a scene) ... It’s so nice to hear the captain of the ship can’t wait to get to work everyday.”

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.

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About USC Comedy at the School of Cinematic Arts


In 2010 USC became the first university in the nation to offer a program dedicated to training filmmakers in the art of comedy. USC Comedy at the School of Cinematic Arts offers instruction in the writing, directing, production as well as the history and theory of comedy. Students work with a distinguished, award-winning faculty of comedy professionals to discover and develop their comedic voices, while getting unrivaled access to the field through workshops, internships, demonstrations and screenings and festivals.

USC Comedy boasts an award-winning faculty that includes Jack Epps Jr. (The Secret of My Success, Legal Eagles, Top Gun), Barnet Kellman (Murphy Brown, Mad About You, George Lopez), David Isaacs (Cheers, Frasier, M*A*S*H*), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), John Bowman (Saturday Night Live, In Living Color), Dave Goetch (The Big Bang Theory), Russ Woody (Drew Carrey), Mary Lou Belli (Girlfriends), and Tim Marx (Baby Daddy), to name just a few.

Our students benefit from the expertise and participation of SCA Comedy Alumni such as Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents), Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy), Peter Segal (Tommy Boy, Get Smart), Tim Story (Barber Shop, Ride Along), Gabe Sachs (Freaks and Geeks), Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air), and Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off The Boat), among many other luminaries and industry professionals.

For more information, visit: http://cinema.usc.edu/comedy

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.

Parking


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.

Contact Information

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