IN SEARCH OF FELLINI

September 6, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

SCI 106, Interactive Media Building, 3470 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office], Spotted Cow Entertainment, and AMBi Media Group, invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of
 

In Search of Fellini

Directed by Taron Lexton
Written by Nancy Cartwright and  Peter Kjenaas
Produced by Nancy Cartwright, Peter Kjenaas, Michael Doven,
Milena Ferreira, Monica Gil, Taron Lexton, and Nathan Lorch
Starring Maria Bello, Ksenia Solo and Mary Lynn Rajskub

Followed by a Q&A with Taron Lexton, Nancy Cartwright & Kevin Garrison

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

SCI 106, Interactive Media Building
3470 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007


FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.

 

Official Selection: 2017 Bentonville Film Festival; 2017 San Diego International Film Festival; 2017 Sonoma International Film Festival; 2017 Ferrara Film Festival; 2017 Ischia Global Fest; 2017 Long Beach International Film Festival.

In Theaters on Friday, September 15th, 2017.
 

About In Search of Fellini


In this coming-of-age adventure, Lucy (Ksenia Solo), a small-town girl from Ohio, discovers the delightfully bizarre films of the legendary Italian filmmaker, Federico Fellini and sets off on a journey across Italy to find him. Also starring Maria Bello and Mary Lynn Rajskub.

Provided courtesy of Spotted Cow Entertainment and AMBi Media Group. Not yet rated. Running time: 103 minutes.

Visit the Official Website: TBA

Director's Statement


In Search of Fellini has been a truly strange and wonderful project. I've always had a deep love for Italy having spent time there growing up, and always dreamed of finding an excuse to film there.

In 2014, when Nancy Cartwright sat me down over coffee and relayed her extraordinary true experiences pursuing Federico Fellini in her youth–which inspired her screenplay–I was electrified. Like most people I had seen a few of Fellini's films, but I seized this opportunity to watch every single one of them. I sought out every book, documentary, and personal friend of Fellini that I could find. I began to discover the complex and fascinating world of Fellini himself, and saw how strikingly it intertwined with Nancy's own story.

As the cast began to assemble, including the brilliant trio of Ksenia Solo, Maria Bello, and Mary Lynn Rajskub, each brought new layers of depth and richness to the film. The process was incredibly collaborative, and was an amazing evolution from Nancy's original experience, to the screenplay, to the daily discoveries of filming in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

The film grew steeped in authenticity and symbolism, a dreamscape of real Italian locations, true stories, fantasies, and Fellini's own films and pathos. It is a love letter to Italy, an homage to Fellini, and an exploration of Nancy's beautiful true story. At its core, it's simply a story about growing up, and about the thrilling and sometimes terrifying few inches between childhood and adulthood.

-- Taron Lexton

About the Guests


TARON LEXTON (Director/Producer)

Taron Lexton is a South African writer, director, cinematographer and producer known for his unique visual aesthetic and the high emotional impact of his work. At age 19 he became the youngest person to graduate The Los Angeles Film School. Shortly after graduating, he directed and produced the Human Rights advocacy short film United, winner of the New York Independent Film Festival and 2006 Academy Awards qualifier.

With the success of United, Taron formed TXL Films, an independent film and post-production company, with the goal to create beautiful works of exceptional quality that inspire, educate and uplift humanity. In 2008, Taron directed the short film Struck with official selection in over 50 film festivals including the Cannes Online Film Festival, screening out of competition at the prestigious 2008 Cannes Film Festival and winner of more than 15 awards. Taron’s recent work was on the feature film The Squeeze, directed by Mr. Terry Jastrow, where he served as the Director of Photography. His state of the art post-production company, TXL Films, did most of the visual effects, editing and post-production for the film.

Now with over 15 years of experience behind the camera, Taron has directed over 300 award-winning commercials, short films, documentaries and music videos. His work has aired to over one billion people worldwide on major television networks including MTV, FOX, CNN, Sky TV, Nickelodeon and Disney Channel. His extensive career has earned him numerous awards from renowned festivals and international awards competitions, including over 20 Telly Awards for his national commercials, a Platinum Aurora “Best of Show” award, a Gold Aurora award, an “Everyday Freedom Hero” award, an Awareness Award and the highly prestigious "Award of Excellence" from the United Nations for his Human Rights campaigns and humanitarian work. TXL Films is currently in development on several other short films, features films and commercial projects.

NANCY CARTWRIGHT (Writer/Producer)

Best known as the spiky-headed underachiever Bart Simpson, Emmy Award-winning voice actor Nancy Cartwright is also the unique voicebehind Simpsons’ characters Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz, and Rod Flanders. In addition to her work on The Simpsons, Nancy has continually expanded her acting arena, taking on the voice of Chuckie in Nickelodeon’s Rugrats and Rufus the Naked Mole Rat in Disney’s new hit show Kim Possible – all in keeping with her history of playing popular characters on such animated series as Richie Rich; Animaniacs; Pinky and The Brain; The Critic; God, The Devil and Bob; Mike, Lu & Og; as well as Chuck Jones’ final work, Timberwolf.

In addition to her voiceover work, Nancy has founded and operates Cartwright Entertainment, her own production company, has completed a worldwide book signing tourfor her bestselling book “My Life as a Ten-Year-Old Boy”, and enjoys being very active as a volunteer in the community, supporting many non-profit organizations which focus on helping children, such as Famous Fone Friends, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Way to Happiness Foundation and The Citizens Commission on Human Rights.

Under her production company banner, Spotted Cow Entertainment, Nancy was a very early entry into the world of Digital Entertainment producing with Turner Broadcasting and NASCAR a critically acclaimed animated series called The Kelly’s. Spotted Cow, along with Myriad Pictures, recently co-produced Holiday Joy, the delightful comedy starring Bailee Madison. It was released for the Holidays in 2016. More recently, on February 24th, as a producer and writer, she had the world premiere of her feature film In Search of Fellini at the Los Angeles Italia Film Festival.

KEVIN GARRISON (Director of Photography)

Kevin Garrison is a Director of Photography based out of Los Angeles, California. Starting his career at 20, he embarked on a 3 month international tour filming human rights education in more than 10 countries, clocking in over 50,000 miles and eventually resulting in a Volunteer Service Award from the President ofthe United States, and numerous accolades from international dignitaries.

Over the course of the next few years, he expanded into feature films and commercials with TXL Films, often taking on international assignments. He has since filmed in over 30 countries around the world. In the past year, he has worked extensively with TXL Films - most recently finishing a four month stint in Italy with Director Taron Lexton, as Director of Photography for In Search of Fellini.

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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.

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Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu