PLANET OF THE APES 50th Anniversary Screening and Panel Discussion: "Legacy of the Planet of the Apes"

February 9, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts, 20th Century Fox,
and USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative,
invite you and a guest to attend

 

Planet of the Apes (1968) - 50th Anniversary Screening

 

Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner
Screenplay by Rod Serling and Michael Wilson
Based on the Book by Pierre Boulle
Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs
Starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter,
Maurice Evans, and Linda Harrison

7:00 P.M. on Friday, February 9th, 2018

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the
Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007



 

Followed by "Legacy of the Planet of the Apes"
A panel discussion featuring:


DYLAN CLARK
Producer: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,
War for the Planet of the Apes

WILLIAM CREBER
Art Director: Planet of the Apes (1968), Beneath the Planet of the Apes,
Escape from the Planet of the Apes

LINDA HARRISON
Actor, "Nova": Planet of the Apes (1968), Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Actor, "Woman in Cart": Planet of the Apes (2001)

RICK JAFFA
Writer, Producer: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Producer: War for the Planet of the Apes

MATT REEVES
Director: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Writer, Director: War for the Planet of the Apes

AMANDA SILVER
Writer, Producer: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Producer: War for the Planet of the Apes

DAN STRIEPEKE
Makeup Artist: Planet of the Apes (1968), Planet of the Apes TV Series (1974)
Makeup Supervisor: Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes,
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

RUPERT WYATT
Director: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

ALESSANDRO AGO
Moderator & SCA Director of Programming and Special Projects


The RSVP list is NOW OPEN!
 

About Planet of the Apes (1968)


Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall star in this legendary science fiction masterpiece. Astronaut Taylor (Heston) crash lands on a distant planet ruled by apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist (McDowall).

Provided courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Rated G. Running time: 112 minutes.

 

About the Guests


DYLAN CLARK - Producer: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes

Bio coming soon.

WILLIAM CREBER - Art Director: Planet of the Apes (1968), Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes

Bio coming soon.

LINDA HARRISON - Actor, "Nova": Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes; Actor, "Woman in Cart": Planet of the Apes (2001)

Linda Harrison is most remembered for her role as Nova in the films Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Linda is no stranger to the limelight of stardom and Hollywood. In Linda's hometown of Berlin, Maryland, she started acting early in school in 1963 with the lead in the Senior Class Play, "George Washington Slept Here". From there Linda went on the win several local beauty pageants, including Miss Berlin in 1963, Miss Del-Mar-Va in 1964, Miss Ocean City and Miss Maryland in 1965. In July of 1965, Linda was the first runner-up in the Miss American Pageant in Long Beach, California.

Linda's big break came in August of 1965 when she went for a Personality Screen Test at 20th Century Fox with a 60-day option. In November of the same year, Linda was signed to a seven year contract with 20th Century Fox. Several small roles came her way with the pilot of Men Against Evil, Way, Way, Out with James Brolin, and A Guide for the Married Man with Carl Reiner, which was directed by the legendary Gene Kelly. Linda also appeared in an episode of Batman with Adam West.

The late sixties brought Linda into the public eye when she was cast as Nova in the cult science fiction film classics, Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes with Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell, and Kim Hunter. Shortly after the Apes films, Linda married successful movie producer Richard Zanuck, son of the legendary movie tycoon Darryl F. Zanuck, with whom she had two wonderful sons, Harrison and Dean, both also in the movie picture business.

Linda continued to act in TV shows such as Bracken's World and Barnaby Jones, and in the films Airport 1975, Cocoon, and Cocoon: The Return.

RICK JAFFA (SCA Alumnus) - Writer, Producer: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Producer: War for the Planet of the Apes

Rick Jaffa has collaborated with his wife and partner, Amanda Silver, for more than 25 years. They most recently co-wrote the worldwide blockbuster Jurassic World, which has grossed more than $1.6 billion worldwide, making it the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time.

In 2011, the duo wrote and produced the hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which earned an Oscar nomination for its groundbreaking visual effects and successfully rebooted the Planet of the Apes franchise. In 2014, they co-wrote and produced the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and the third installment, War for the Planet of the Apes, which they produced, is currently in theaters.

Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, the scripts they co-wrote with James Cameron for the much-anticipated sequels to Avatar, the top-grossing film in history, are in production. In addition, their script for the live action version of the Disney animated film Mulan is in pre-production with Niki Caro directing.

A native of DeSoto, Texas, Jaffa graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in history and political science. He later earned his MBA at the University of Southern California. In 1981, Jaffa began his entertainment career in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency. He became the executive assistant to legendary agent Stan Kamen, who was then head of the motion-picture department. Later, as an agent, Jaffa represented writers and directors, packaging films as diverse as 1987’s RoboCop and 1985’s The Trip to Bountiful.

He began collaboration with Silver as an executive producer on The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, which she scripted. They then co-wrote Eye For an Eye and The Relic.

MATT REEVES (SCA Alumnus) - Director: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Writer, Director: War for the Planet of the Apes

Reeves came to feature film prominence in 2008 as the director of the acclaimed science fiction horror hit, Cloverfield for Paramount Pictures. The modestly budgeted film set a domestic record for January release, and went on to gross over $175 million dollars worldwide.

In 2014, Reeves directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell. The film grossed over $700 million worldwide. This summer, he returned to the Apes franchise by writing and directing War for the Planet of the Apes, which stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson and Judy Greer. The film has grossed over $400 million worldwide since being released on July 14, 2017.

In 2010, Reeves directed Let Me In starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Grace Moretz. Acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, the film is a remake of the Swedish horror film Let the Right One In, about the relationship between a bullied young boy and his new neighbor, a young girl who turns out to be a vampire. Prior to that, Reeves co-created the popular television series Felicity, starring Golden Globe Award winning actress Keri Russell. Reeves served as executive producer with partner and co-creator J.J. Abrams. He frequently directed episodes during the show’s four-season run, including the 1998 pilot for the WB network.
 
Reeves made his feature directorial debut with Miramax’s 1996 dark comedy, The Pallbearer, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, David Schwimmer, and Barbara Hershey. He developed the screenplay with co-writer Jason Katims through Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. In 1999, Matt co-wrote and co-produced James Gray’s critically acclaimed feature, The Yards, starring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, and Charlize Theron.
 
He first gained the attention of the industry with his award-winning student short, "Mr. Petrified Forrest" upon graduating from USC’s prestigious cinema school. Reeves got his start in 1995 when a screenplay he penned in college with classmate Richard Hatem was purchased by Warner Brothers, and later turned into Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. For the small screen, in addition to the pilot for Felicity, Reeves helmed the pilot episodes of Gideon’s Crossing and Miracles for ABC, Conviction for NBC, and series episodes of NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street and ABC’s Relativity.
 
Up next, he will write and direct The Batman for Warner Bros. Reeves currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles.

AMANDA SILVER (SCA Alumna) - Writer, Producer: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Producer: War for the Planet of the Apes

Amanda Silver has teamed with her husband, Rick Jaffa, on a number of successful film projects. They co-wrote 2015’s global blockbuster Jurassic World, which is the third-highest-grossing film in history, with more than $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office.

In 2011, the duo wrote and produced the hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which earned an Oscar nomination for its groundbreaking visual effects and successfully rebooted the Planet of the Apes franchise. In 2014, they co-wrote and produced the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and the third installment, War for the Planet of the Apes, which they produced, is currently in theaters.

Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, the scripts they co-wrote with James Cameron for the much-anticipated sequels to Avatar, the top-grossing film in history, are in production. In addition, their script for the live action version of the Disney animated film Mulan is in pre-production with Niki Caro directing.

Silver grew up in New York City and received her BA in history from Yale University before moving to Los Angeles. She was an executive assistant at TriStar and Paramount Pictures before enrolling in film school at the University of Southern California, where she earned an MFA in screenwriting.  

Silver’s thesis script was the thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, which went on to be a hit in 1992 and began her collaboration with Jaffa, who executive produced the film. She followed the next year with a Cable ACE Award-winning episode of Fallen Angels, directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Silver and Jaffa have since co-written such films as Eye for an Eye and The Relic.

DAN STRIEPEKE - Makeup Artist: Planet of the Apes (1968), Planet of the Apes TV Series (1974); Makeup Supervisor: Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

Bio coming soon.

RUPERT WYATT - Director: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Writer, Director and Producer Rupert Wyatt was born and raised in the South of England and now makes his home in Hudson, NY. He is a founding member of the New York, London and Los Angeles film collective Picture Farm that has produced numerous Documentaries and Feature Films including the multi-award winning Dark Days (2001) and Fishing Without Nets (2014), both audience award winners of the Sundance Film Festival, as well as his directorial debut The Escapist (2008) starring Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, Dominic Cooper and Joseph Fiennes, which premiered at the Sundance film festival and was nominated for eight international awards.

As a screenwriter he has worked mostly in France, the U.K., and the U.S. where he has written and developed screenplays for 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros, Universal Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment. His 2nd film as director was 20th Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) starring Andy Serkis and James Franco. Since its release, the film and the franchise has seen enormous success worldwide, both critically and commercially.

In 2013, he directed the television Pilot episode of AMC’s Turn which recently aired its 4th season. 2014 saw the release of Paramount Pictures’ The Gambler, his 3rd film as director, and starring Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and Jessica Lange. In 2015 he co-founded the film and television company Lightfuse & Gettaway. He directed the television Pilot episode and executive produced the 1st and 2nd season of FOX’s The Exorcist in 2016.

In 2017, he co-wrote and directed Participant Media’s Captive State to be released by Focus Features in August 2018. The film stars John Goodman and Vera Farmiga and recounts the lives of collaborators and dissidents in a working class neighborhood of Chicago nine years into an alien occupation. Upcoming projects include the animated feature Birdsong adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks. His first graphic novel Mill Rock is due for publication in 2019.

About the Moderator


ALESSANDRO AGO

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. Ago curates Outside the Box [Office], a prolific, diverse screening series dedicated to showcasing new international, documentary and independent cinema at USC, often followed by conversations with the filmmakers. He also runs the SCA Movies We Love program, in addition to several annual Visions & Voices festivals, including a major retrospective of the seminal ABC television series Twin Peaks in 2013, featuring panel discussions with 50 members of the cast and crew.

Ago has produced tributes celebrating the work of Dino De Laurentiis, Ray Stark, 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, South America and the Middle East. Ago has taught undergraduate film courses at USC, including Transnational Nightmares and Filmmaking, Italian Style and, more recently, Italian Genre Cinema and Society. He is also one of the curators of the American Film Showcase, an international documentary film diplomacy program funded by the U.S. Department of State.

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 Division of Cinema and Media Studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

About 50 Years of Planet of the Apes Exhibit & Film Retrospective


The USC School of Cinematic Arts has partnered with 20th Century Fox Film to host an exclusive exhibit and retrospective celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Planet of the Apes franchise titled 50 Years of Planet of the Apes.

A vast collection of props, costumes, photos, posters and artwork from across all iterations of the longstanding franchise will be on display in the Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall at USC from January 26, 2018 through May 13, 2018. A series of panels and screenings will complement the exhibit, including all feature films from the Planet of the Apes universe.

The exhibit is in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the 1968 release of the first Planet of the Apes film, the original installment of the still expanding franchise that now includes four sequels, a TV series, an animated series, comic books, merchandise, and 20th Century Fox Film’s highly successful prequel film series Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and War for the Planet of the Apes.

50 Years of Planet of the Apes is funded by USC Visions & Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, and is free and open to the public. The Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall is located in the lobby of the George Lucas Building at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007, and will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M., and Saturday & Sunday from 12:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Produced by Alessandro Ago for the USC School of Cinematic Arts, in collaboration with Sandra Garcia-Myers, and Chris Castelonia for 20th Century Fox Film.

Learn more about the calendar of events at: http://cinema.usc.edu/Apes

 

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 the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.
 

This program is generously sponsored by

For more information about upcoming programming and events offered by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, please visit their website.

Contact Information

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