10 YEARS OF MARVEL Presents: MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS (2012)

May 24, 2018, 7:30 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, Movies We Love, Marvel Studios,
and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures,
invite you and a guest to attend a special screening of

 

Marvel's The Avengers (2012) followed by a Q&A with Writer/Director Joss Whedon, Producer Kevin Feige, and Editor Jeffrey Ford


Directed by Joss Whedon
Screenplay by Joss Whedon
Produced by SCA Alumnus Kevin Feige

Followed by a Q&A with Joss Whedon, Kevin Feige,
and Editor/SCA Alumnus Jeffrey Ford
Moderated by SCA Alumnus Timothy Dowling

7:30 P.M. on Thursday, May 24th, 2018

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




FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.
 

ABSOLUTELY NO AUTOGRAPHS OR SELFIES WILL BE ALLOWED.
 

About Marvel's The Avengers

Marvel's The Avengers is the super hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel super heroes Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon from a screenplay by Joss Whedon, Marvel's The Avengers is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series "The Avengers," first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since.

Provided courtesy of Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Rated PG-13. Running time: 143 minutes.

Visit the Official Website: https://marvel.com/movies/movie/152/marvels_the_avengers
Visit the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/avengers


 

About the Guests


JOSS WHEDON (Director, Screenwriter)

Joss Whedon is one of Hollywood's top creators, scripting several hit films including Marvel’s The Avengers and its sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron and creating one of television's most critically praised shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Originally hailing from New York, Whedon is a third-generation television writer. His grandfather and father were both successful sitcom writers on shows such as The Donna Reed Show, Leave It to Beaver and The Golden Girls.

After creating Buffy as a feature film script, Whedon brought it to television in1996, where it became a cult phenomenon. In 2000, Whedon garnered his first Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for his groundbreaking episode entitled Hush. In 2002, he wrote, composed and directed a Broadway-style musical episode entitled Once More, With Feeling which received worldwide recognition and spawned an “Original Cast Recording” soundtrack, which sold more than 400,000 albums worldwide.

In 1998, Whedon developed and produced Angel through 20th Century Fox Television and his production company, Mutant Enemy. The Buffy spin-offgained a loyal following of its own and ran for five seasons on the WB. In 2002, he followed up with the critically acclaimed sci-fi drama Firefly for the Fox network. In addition to serving as creator and executive producer on Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Firefly, Whedon also wrote and directed multiple episodes of each series.

He earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay with Disney’s box-office smash Toy Story. Other notable feature writing credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Speed and Alien Resurrection. In the fall of 2005, Whedon made his feature directorial debut with Serenity, based on the Firefly series.

Whedon’s musical internet series titled Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog made its debut online in 2008 and became a smash success, winning numerous awards including an Emmy. Concurrently, Joss finished his second season, working as the creator, writer, and director of his Fox television series Dollhouse.

Whedon co-wrote and produced Lionsgate’s critically-praised The Cabin in the Woods. Whedon then went on to write and direct Marvel’s superhero ensemble, The Avengers, which was a breakout success and became one of the highest grossing films of all time. He followed that up with a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, a film Whedon adapted, directed, produced, composed and co-edited which was released by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. Whedon co-created and directed the ABC television series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and serves as an executive producer on the series.

Most recently Whedon wrote and directed Avengers: Age of Ultron which joined its predecessor as one of the highest-grossing movie of all time.

KEVIN FEIGE (Producer, SCA Alumnus)

Kevin Feige has been the driving creative force behind several billion-dollar franchises and an unprecedented number of blockbuster feature films, all connected to create the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In his current role as producer and president of Marvel Studios, Feige is a hands-on producer and oversees Marvel Studios’ feature film productions, whose 18 films released all have opened No. 1 at the box office and collectively grossed over $13 billion worldwide.

Most recently, Feige produced “Black Panther,” which continued Marvel’s unprecedented success. The blockbuster film recorded the fifth biggest opening weekend of all time with $202 million and is on track to become the highest grossing super hero film at the domestic box office. The film has grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide to date.

In 2017, Feige produced “Thor: Ragnarok,” which was released on November 3 in the U.S. and grossed $121 million domestically in its opening weekend, in addition to $306 million internationally; “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which opened on May 5 with $145 million and has grossed over $863.5 million worldwide; and “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which opened on July 7 and has garnered over $879 million worldwide to date. Feige is currently producing “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Captain Marvel” and the untitled fourth installment of the “Avengers” series.

In 2016, Feige launched another franchise with “Doctor Strange,” which continued the streak of No. 1 openings, and produced “Captain America: Civil War,” the highest-grossing film of 2016 worldwide. In 2015 he launched another successful franchise with “Ant-Man,” starring Paul Rudd, and earlier that year he produced “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the fourth-largest domestic opening weekend of all time. In 2014, Feige produced “Guardians of the Galaxy,” starring Chris Pratt, which grossed over $773 million worldwide, and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which broke the opening record for an April release.

In 2013, Feige produced the megahits “Thor: The Dark World” and “Iron Man 3.” In 2012, Feige produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set an all-time domestic three-day weekend box-office record. The film went on to become Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release at the time.

In 2011, Feige produced and successfully launched two Marvel film franchises, “Captain America: The First Avenger,” directed by Joe Johnston and starring Chris Evans, and “Thor,” directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth. In 2010, Feige produced “Iron Man 2,” directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow.

In summer 2008, Feige produced the first fully developed and financed films from the new Marvel Studios, including the blockbusters “Iron Man,” directed by Jon Favreau, and “The Incredible Hulk,” directed by Louis Leterrier.

Feige joined Marvel in 2000 and served as executive producer on the second and third “Spider-Man” films, which took in combined worldwide box-office receipts of well over $1.5 billion. Feige also co-produced “X-Men 2,” the second installment of the popular “X-Men” franchise, and executive produced “X-Men: The Last Stand,” among many other Marvel-branded films.

A graduate from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, Feige first worked for Lauren Shuler Donner and Richard Donner at their Warner Bros.–based production company, which released the action-adventure “Volcano” and the hit romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail.” Feige earned his first producer credit on “X-Men,” a film that is credited with revitalizing the comic book genre.

JEFFREY FORD, A.C.E. (Editor, SCA Alumnus)

Jeffrey Ford was born in Novato, California. He attended high school in Troutdale, Oregon and graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television in Los Angeles with a degree in Cinema-Television Production.

He began his professional filmmaking career in 1994, working as an editorial assistant on James Gray’s debut feature film, “Little Odessa.” He went on to work as an assistant editor on several feature films, including the Academy Award-nominated “As Good as It Gets” for editor Richard Marks and director James L. Brooks.

Ford’s first solo feature as editor was “The Yards” for director James Gray, which premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000. He edited “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” for Harry Shearer, “One Hour Photo” for Mark Romanek, “Hide and Seek” for John Polson, “The Family Stone” for Thomas Bezucha (his work receiving an A.C.E. Eddie nomination) and “Street Kings” for David Ayer.  He also edited “Shattered Glass” and “Breach” for director Billy Ray. With Paul Rubell he co-edited "Pubic Enemies" for director Michael Mann. In 2011 he teamed with Bezucha again for “Monte Carlo."

At Marvel Studios, Ford co-edited “Captain America: The First Avenger" (with Robert Dalva) for director Joe Johnston, "Iron Man Three” (with Peter Elliot) for Shane Black and “The Avengers" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron” (both with Lisa Lassek) for director Joss Whedon. For Joe and Anthony Russo he co-edited (with Matthew Schmidt) “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” He is currently working with the Russo brothers on the next Avengers film which will be released in 2019.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

TIMOTHY DOWLING (Moderator, USC Alumnus)

Timothy Dowling is a graduate of the School of Theatre at the University of Southern California. As an actor he was in the films: The Beautician and the Beast, Dr. Benny, and Terminator 3. As a screenwriter he was named one of Variety's Ten Writers to Watch, Fade In Magazine’s Top 100 People In Hollywood and had two scripts listed on the prestigious Black List. He co-wrote the award winning short film: George Lucas in Love, which is still the best selling short film of all time. He has since co-written the feature films: Role Models, Just Go With It, This Means War, Office Christmas Party and Pixels, directed by Chris Columbus. Role Models was nominated for a Critics Choice Award for Best Comedy of the Year in 2008 and Just Go With It was the most rented Red Box movie in America and in the world in 2011. Timothy also wrote the forthcoming Another Midnight Run starring Robert De Niro and the Disney action comedy Dashing Through the Snow starring Kevin Hart. Timothy is on the Board of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and in 2012 proudly donated a Urinal to the School that bears his name. He has since donated a bathroom stall in the Lucas Building and a urinal in the Norris Theatre. His mother is very proud.

About 10 Years of Marvel


Marvel Studios’ 10th anniversary begins with the release of Avengers: Infinity War and covers an impressive decade of Marvel Studios’ blockbusters released from 2008 through the “Avengers” untitled film in 2019. In celebration of the anniversary, fans can expect exclusive consumer products and collectibles, along with in-theater events and much more in the coming months.

To celebrate the anniversary, the USC School of Cinematic Arts will host 4 screenings of classic Marvel titles, beginning with Iron Man on May 17th, and continuing with The Avengers on May 24th, Guardians of the Galaxy on May 31st, and Black Panther on June 6th.

About Movies We Love -- A message from Timothy Dowling, USC Alum, Screenwriter, and SCA Representative on the USC Board of Governors


One of the my favorite things about going to USC was in film classes occasionally you’d see a movie that you’d never seen before or one you’d never seen on the big screen and then it would become one of your favorite movies for the rest of your life.

One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles is that occasionally we get to see great movies up on the big screen and occasionally have those that made the films come and speak. This is something really unique to our city and doesn’t really happen anywhere else in the world.

So when the Cinema School asked me to represent them on the Alumni Board of Governors, the first thing I wanted to do was start a program at the school where we show great movies that we love and get people that worked on them to come to campus and speak about them.

It’s called MOVIES WE LOVE. And the hope is to just show you movies that we love that maybe you love also or have never seen or never seen on the big screen.

Hope to see you there. And FIGHT ON,

Timothy Dowling

Check-In & Reservations


This screening is free of charge and open to the public with RSVPs through this website.

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.

Contact Information

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