QUALITY PROBLEMS

April 26, 2018, 7:00 PM

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 Alumni Screening Series and Metamorfic invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Quality Problems

Directed by Brooke and Doug Purdy
Written by Brooke Purdy
Produced by Jen Prince
Co-Produced by Colette Freedman & Jhennifer Webberley
 
Followed by a Q&A with Jen Prince, Jhennifer Webberley, Colette Freedman, Director of Photography Savannah Bloch, Supervising Sound Mixer/Editor Gabriel J. Serrano, Composer Michael John Mollo, and the Purdy Family
 
7:00 PM on Thursday, April 26, 2018
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
 
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.

 

WINNER: Director's Choice Award for Best Independent Spirit Feature, Sedona International Film Festival

BEST FEATURE FILM AUDIENCE AWARD and BEST ACTRESS JURY AWARD, Hell’s Half Mile Film Festival
BEST FEATURE FILM, Women Texas Film Festival
AUDIENCE AWARD, Breckenridge Film Festival and Woods Hole Film Festival

Official Selections: Austin Film Festival, Bentonville Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, Harlem International Film Festival, Lost River Film Festival, River Town Film Festival, NewFilmmakersLA
 

About Quality Problems

Bailey and Drew are a 40 something couple much like other couples: They have two kids, two jobs, one dad with Alzheimers and one boob with cancer. With only two weeks til daughter Scouts eighth birthday party, Bailey just wants to check things off of her massive 'to do' list. This isn't her first rodeo with Breast Cancer and she's determined to handle it as efficiently as possible. Even if it means compulsively chewing a lot of ice and getting into a few unwarranted fights. Laid back Drew wants to completely fix Bailey. He decides the best way to do this is to 'work' her well, taking any job that comes his way including building a shelving unit for an eccentric millionaire's dollies. As Bailey juggles her misplaced anger, wayward Boot Camp clients and her father's advancing Alzheimer's, Drew enlists the help of his 'road dogs' Lance and Alan to get the cake, favors and entertainment for Scouts party. Yet, when Drew tries to cut a few corners, the seemingly easy birthday party tasks prove to be a bit more challenging than he originally anticipated. In order to take her mind of her impending surgery, Bailey's girlfriends take her for a night out to 'blow off steam'. Bailey decides that the best way to do this is to punch someone in the throat. The night isn't what anyone had planned. In the meantime, her father keeps deciding to go on walks in the middle of the night, often, without pants and Drew tries to do what he does best; fix things. But Bailey doesn't want to be 'fixed'- she wants to be WELL. When Bailey's ten-year-old son, Max opens up that he knows the truth about Santa and her Cancer, Bailey finally realizes she cannot control everything. Their friends and family rally around them and Drew stoically stands by her as Bailey survives another surgery. In the end, he gets to fix everything by putting out fires right and left at the birthday party to end all birthday parties. 

“It’s often flat-out hilarious, but it’s also always real...Purdy is a gifted comedian”
— Fanboy Planet

“Quality Problems‘ insights in navigating modern life are accessible because it’s so damn funny.”
— The Movie Gourmet

“The great success of the film is that the Purdy’s personalities on-camera, and obviously off-camera as well, defeat everything standing in their path.”
— 
Festworks

“Don’t miss! …Expect to fall in love with both actors (Purdys)”
— San Jose Mercury News

Independently financed through a record-setting crowdfunding campaign on Seed & Spark. Presented by Metamorfic. Runtime: 106 minutes. Not Rated.

Visit the official website: http://www.qualityproblemsfilm.com
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About the Guests

JEN PRINCE (Producer, Editor, Alum)

JEN PRINCE (Producer, Editor, Alum) Jen Prince is an independent producer who hails from south Texas, where her love for music, theatre, movies and tableside guacamole began. Variety states, "Jen has a passion for small, character-driven films, and champions directors who are committed to crafting powerful performances.”  Jen recently produced the feature AND THEN THERE WAS EVE, (Tania Nolan, Karan Soni, Mary Holland) together with Jhennifer Webberley (Metamorfic Productions), winner of a Jury Award at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival. She produced the micro budget indie- road feature, EVE OF UNDERSTANDING (Bellamy Young, Rebecca Lowman), which was distributed through Vanguard Cinema and screened at over twenty festivals worldwide, won Best Feature at AFI Dallas, Best Feature Beverly Hills HD Film Festival, Best Feature Female Eye Film Festival Toronto and Best Actress (Rebecca Lowman) at Boston Film Festival, Breckenridge Film Festival, among others. Jen is currently in pre-production on her feature directorial debut, MILES UNDERWATER, which received a grant in the Hometown Heroes rally sponsored by the Duplass Brothers/ Seed & Spark, teaming up again with the filmmakers who created Quality Problems.  She will continue her partnership with the San Antonio Young Filmmakers Association and shoot the project in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas.  Jen previously mentored and Associate Produced the narrative feature, FIELDS AFIRE, with Soapboxx Media in San Antonio through this organization. She is a graduate of the MFA Film Production Program at USC. She received her BFA in Acting and a BA in Liberal Arts in the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Jen’s theatre experience includes her award-winning one-woman show about the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, Voice of the Swan.  Jen has also worked in post-production television. Credits include the Emmy Awards, The Contender (Mark Burnett Prods), and The Amazing Race (CBS). Jen is a mother of four boys and loves trying to keep up with them and, at times, watching the grass grow.

JHENNIFER WEBBERLEY (Co-Producer, Editor, SCA Alum)

A native of Los Angeles, Jhennifer Webberley is a producer and editor and founding member of Metamorfic Productions LLC and has produced critically acclaimed feature films as well as several award winning shorts and music videos. Metamorfic currently has two features on the festival circuit. AND THEN THERE WAS EVE (Tania Nolan, Karan Soni, Mary Holland) which was awarded a Jury Prize at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival, is a provocative indie love story/psychological thriller with LGBTQ themes. QUALITY PROBLEMS (Chris Mulkey, Mo Gaffney, Jenica Bergere), a feature comedy about a family dealing with cancer, is an audience favorite and world premiered at the 2017 Cinequest Film Festival. Additional features include BREAD & BUTTER (Christine Weatherup, Bobby Moynihan, Micah Hauptman), RIPE, and WAIT MEANS NEVER.  Webberley also enjoys editing on many of her independent projects including QUALITY PROBLEMS, FAREWELL MY KING, ONLY CHILD, WINDED and BROKEN WINGS (Isabella Blake-Thomas).

Webberley holds a MFA (Magna Cum Laude) in Film and Television Production from the USC School of Cinema-Television and a MBA (Magna Cum Laude) from Pepperdine University in Marketing and Strategy. While at Pepperdine, Webberley participated in Shanghai’s Fudan University’s global extension program in management strategy in China.  Webberley is a producer/cowriter on the award winning graphic novel THE RED STAR (Christian Gossett), which is currently in development as a television series.

Her comprehensive film experience is matched by her diverse work in theatre where her love for the arts began. She has produced and directed several independent productions including SEBASTIAN AND THE TATTOOED LOVE LIBRARIAN, PERCEPTIONS, and SEARCH AND DESTROY (Jeremy Renner) at the Tamarind Theatre. Professional memberships include Film Independent, the International Documentary Association and Women in Film.

Currently Jhennifer is in pre-production on the next Metamorfic feature, MILES UNDERWATER, scheduled to shoot in San Antonio, Texas in 2018.

COLETTE FREEDMAN (Co-Producer/”DEBBIE”)

An internationally produced novelist, playwright and screenwriter, Colette Freedman was voted “One of 50 to Watch” by The Dramatist's Guild. Her play Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews: It has been produced around the country and internationally, fourteen times including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur) and Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle) and was produced in Melbourne last year. The film version (Michelle Trachtenberg, Stana Katic, Jess Weixler, Troian Bellisario) just aired on Lifetime. She has co- written, with International bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for a National Tour. In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott, she wrote the thriller The Thirteen Hallows (Tor/Macmillan).Her novel The Affair (Kensington) came out January 29, 2013. The play of the novel earned both critical and commercial success as it toured Italy February through May 2013. Her novel The Consequences (Kensington) came out January 28, 2014. In addition to Sister Cities, Colette has two films in preproduction: The Last Girls and The Mystery of Casa Matusita. She co-wrote And Then There was Eve, a feature currently in post-production. Her musical Serial Killer Barbie finished a sold out run in Los Angeles and was mounted in New Zealand last fall. She is thrilled to be a part of Quality Problems. www.colettefreedman.com

SAVANNAH BLOCH (Director of Photography, SCA Alum)

SAVANNAH BLOCH is an American/South African filmmaker and graduate of the USC school of Cinematic Arts. Her thesis film, No Time For Holiday, was distributed by Shorts International HD and ranked in the top ten films about teen angst in the United States. After graduation, Savannah started shooting and directing promotional content for non-profits and start-up companies around the world. This type of work led her to the townships of South Africa, interviews with natives Bolivians and to Jordan, where she filmed children of the Syrian war receive serious medical attention. Savannah also worked during this time as a freelance cinematographer, combining her love of travel, culture, cameras and storytelling into a unique and pivotal experience. After this glimpse into global affairs, Savannah returned to Los Angeles armed with a handful of stories and a new perspective to focus on narrative directing. In 2012, she directed Sister Cities as part of the Hollywood Fringe festival. There she met Then There Was Eve co-writer, Colette Freedman. The show had four sold out performances and rave reviews demonstrating a new found talent for the stage. She then worked as an assistant to director Sean Hanish on his independent film Return To Zero starring Minnie Driver. Subsequently, in 2014 Savannah moved to New York City to study stage directing at The Barrow Group and hone her skills working with actors. In early 2015, she returned to Los Angeles to be the cinematographer on the independent film, Quality Problems, and begin her journey towards her feature film directorial debut, And Then There Was Eve (2017) In addition to powerful storytelling, Savannah is passionate about social innovation, feminism, surfing and veganism.

Savannah works locally in Los Angeles, New York, San Diego and Cape Town.

MICHAEL JOHN MOLLO (Composer, Music Supervisor, USC Alum)

Michael John Mollo was raised between the streets of New York and Pennsylvania mountains. This juxtaposition aligned his musical tastes to electronic and film music as well as early hiphop and blues and roots. Mollo funneled this eclecticism into an education in classical music and jazz and has received multiple music degrees including a Master's of Music from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and an advanced certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television from the University of Southern California.

After spending some time with Hans Zimmer and his team at Remote Control Productions, Mollo joined legendary film composer John Powell.  Since then, he has contributed music to many blockbuster films including the Oscar nominated score for Dreamworks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon," 20th Century FOX's "Rio" and "Dr Suess' 'The Lorax'". Mollo has worked on everything from indie films, to television series’ to video games and advertising. Most recently he completed a score for the Capcom's reboot of the game franchise 'Strider,’ as well as ‘November Rule’ for BET and Flavor Unit Entertainment and ‘Alaska The Last Frontier’ for The Discovery Channel.

Mollo also currently oversees ‘Velvet Green Music’ a production music catalog and bespoke music house serving the greater Los Angeles media community.

www.michaeljohnmollo.com
www.velvetgreenmusic.com

GABRIEL J. SERRANO (Supervising Sound Editor/Mixer, SCA Alum)

Gabriel J. Serrano holds a degree from both Stanford University (Bachelor of Arts - Communication - Music Science Technology ) and the University of Southern California (Master of Arts - Film Production). Gabriel’s journey in post-production sound began at Mercury Sound Studios in June 2005. There he mixed his first feature film and split time as Engineer, Mixer and Mix Technician. Next, he moved into a position at Todd-AO Vine Street and was there until 2006. From there Serrano went to Wilshire Stages. Within 6 months the facility turned into Wildfire, where he spent 7 years and gained valuable experience as a Re-Recording Mixer. In the fall of 2013, Gabriel joined Formosa Group supervising and mixing films and in 2016 joined the Dub Stage. Gabe was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2012 for Game Change, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie and for a CAS (Cinema Audio Society Award).

About the Purdys

F@ck Cancer. 
Everyone knows someone, IS someone or knows OF someone who has been touched by Cancer. In 2008, our family was also "touched", in fact, we took a direct hit... to the right boob..."

When I was diagnosed, it was such a devastating concept that my husband Doug and I couldn't even really get our heads around it. I immediately fell back on what I could DO- to empower myself. I thought: "Film it. Film it all." I thought it might provide a chronicle for my kids at least- how we got through this. Any other option was not considered. It helped me focus on something, anything, else other than being a "Cancer victim". During my treatment and surgeries, Doug and I remained grounded in our family life and above all our sense of humor. Spoiler alert – I survived, and the footage sat on the shelf untouched for years. I decided to write a micro-budget film that Doug and I could direct together, and decided it was time to address my breast cancer experience creatively. QUALITY PROBLEMS is the result of that. During the rewrite of the script- we found the perfect opportunity to incorporate a bit the footage we shot while going through Cancer and surgery. The two meshed seamlessly and the film is something I am immensely proud of.

— Brooke Purdy


BROOKE PURDY (Writer/Co-Director, “BAILEY”)

BROOKE PURDY has written and directed for companies including Def Comedy Jam and Def Pictures, HBO and Showtime. An NYU film school graduate, Brooke has several produced shorts including her award winning “Against the Wind” which won a lot of festivals but didn’t manage to put a dent in her student loans. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked as a copywriter in radio for fifteen years spearheading campaigns like Pepsi, AT & T, KFC, and Campbell’s Soup. Brooke has optioned several screenplays which allowed her to buy a house in Burbank where, to keep the budget in check, a great deal of Quality Problems will be shot. A successful playwright, Brooke’s plays Blitzkrieg and Plunge both had sell out runs in Los Angeles. Brooke wrote a television pilot for Jamie Kennedy and sold it to Universal T.V. She used the money on gum and hair products. She also won “Hollywood’s Next Success Screenwriting Contest” with a Gilmore Girls spec she wrote. She still has the mug. Her latest two scripts, cowritten with Colette Freedman, are making a strong impact in the festival circuit: Their script The Last Bookstore just won Grand Prize at the 2016 Creative World Awards and Best Science Fiction Screenplay at the 2016 Action on Film. Their script Scattering Rachel was recently a finalist at both The 2016 Writer’s Lab and 2016 LA Femme International Fest. In her almost nonexistent spare time, she has taught swing dancing, bootcamp, driven in a demolition derby, married her best friend Doug and had two kids Max, 13, and Scout, 10, whom she loves even more than cheese and Toasted Almond Good Humor Bars. One day she hopes to sleep until 10:30a.m.

DOUG PURDY (Co-Director, “DREW”)

Doug Purdy has worked steadily as an actor in film, television and stage. A Los Angeles native, he studied under famed teachers Janet Alhanti, Arthur Mendoza and Improv Olympic. Television credits include Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, Monk and Steven Bochco’s Raising the Bar. On stage he has acted in or directed numerous plays including Blitzkrieg, The Deep Blue Sea and Plunge. Recent film work includes Come Simi, Forgiving the Franklins, And Then There Was Eve and Least Among Saints.

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 2018. 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 either a printed or digital confirmation of your reservation, 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.

Limited handicap seating is available. For guests with disabilities who require special accommodations, please contact Matthew Meier at mmeier@cinema.usc.edu with the subject line: "Accommodations Request – QUALITY PROBLEMS."

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 McClintock Avenue Entrance (formerly Gate #5) or Royal Street Entrance (formerly Gate #4) on W. Jefferson Blvd. We recommend parking in the Royal Street Parking Structure (formerly PSD), at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd, with limited non-metered spaces also available north of Jefferson and throughout the surrounding neighborhood. Especially if you plan to utilize street parking, we HIGHLY recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before the screening, as parking can be difficult to find and it may take time to walk to the theater from your parking space.

For a map of campus, visit: https://web-app.usc.edu/maps/map.pdf

Contact Information

Name: Matthew Meier
Email: mmeier@cinema.usc.edu