Upcoming Events

Outside the Box [Office]: Spring 2016
January 11, 2016 - May 13, 2016, Varied
Varied

Outside the Box [Office] is SCA's ongoing weekly showcase for upcoming international, documentary and independent cinema. The series draws from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain and often features recent award-winning films from Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, SXSW and Venice Film Festivals. All screenings are free of charge and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

SCA Alumni Screening Series 2016
April 7, 2016 - December 31, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The School of Cinematic Arts invites you to a free screening series featuring a selection of new films by SCA alumni and faculty throughout 2016. 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.

iMAPPENING 2016: iMAP PhD Student Exhibition
April 27, 2016 - May 3, 2016, 5-8pm
SCA Gallery

USC’s PhD program in interdisciplinary Media Arts + Practice combines practice-based art and design research with critical, theoretical research and reflection. This year’s iMAPPENING exhibition presents the ongoing conjectures, designs and creative expressions under exploration by the iMAP PhD students.

INVENTION FOR DESTRUCTION aka THE FABULOUS WORLD OF JULES VERNE
May 1, 2016, 2:00 P.M.
The Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Jules Verne, novelist and chronicler of undersea fantasies, provides the subject material for what is not only Zeman’s most popular film but the most successful Czech film of all time, famously screened simultaneously in 96 theaters in New York City upon release, and recipient of the Grand Prix at Expo ‘58. Invention for Destruction AKA The Fabulous World of Jules Verne is based upon several of Verne’s works, especially Face au drapeau (Facing the Flag), a suspenseful and nautical adventure, which in Zeman's hands also manages to act as a fairy-tale-like parable on the potential dangers of science (read: atomic energy). As usual, Zeman constructed an astoundingly inventive and immersive universe—on a shoestring—situating his actors firmly in Verne’s immense and beautiful world. Using a process dubbed “Mystimation”, a combination of live action, animated drawings and lithographs, the screen pops with stylized line-etched, living illustrations in a way unseen before or since. Visually jaw-dropping, poetic and bubbling with imagination, Invention is an incredible big screen experience—and this beautiful new restoration makes it one not to be missed!

POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING
May 1, 2016, 6:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Universal Pictures’ Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is headlined by musical digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, collectively known as The Lonely Island. The comedy goes behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real (Samberg) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he’s no longer the dopest star of all.

IN THE NAME OF HONOR
May 2, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

In the Name of Honor exposes frightening cases of honor killings from India, Jordan and Palestine. Hindu, Muslim and Christian families all share the tragic experiences that wrecked their lives. Does a father regret killing his daughter? Why is the woman who survived 18 gunshots put in prison? Are the parents seeking justice for the death of their son? During part verité, part exposé road trip, director Pawel Gula proves there is no honor in killing. The film juxtaposes horrific news footage with insights from the families of victims whose lives have been irreparably altered and the killers who are still debating the consequences of their actions. Broader commentary is given by officials and activists fighting this horrific tradition.

THE LAND
May 2, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The Land tells the story of four teenage boys who devote their summer to escaping the streets of Cleveland, Ohio to pursue a dream life of professional skateboarding. But when they get caught in the web of the local Queen-pin, their motley brotherhood is tested, threatening to make this summer their last.

Special opportunity as part of iMAPPENING 2016--Come play
May 2, 2016 - May 3, 2016, by appointment
MxR Lab, SCI 310

Part of iMAPPENING 2016, Hot Dogs, Horseshoes, and Hand Grenades is an early-access Steam release designed specifically for the HTC Vive. This VR sandbox game is designed by iMAP PhD student Adam Sulzdorf-Liszkiewicz and RUST LTD.

ALL THE WAY
May 3, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

All the Way follows LBJ during his early administration, as he stakes his presidency on what would be an historic, unprecedented Civil Rights Act. Johnson finds himself caught between the moral imperative of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the expectations of the southern Democratic Party leaders who brought Johnson to power. As King battles to press Johnson while controlling more radical elements of the Civil Rights Movement, Johnson navigates the bill through Congress, winning a landslide victory against Barry Goldwater, but causing the South to defect from the Democratic Party.

Movies We Love, USC Comedy, and Alamo Drafthouse Present: REAL GENIUS (1985)
May 4, 2016, 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

Martha Coolidge directed this comedy taking place at fictional Pacific Tech, concerning incoming freshman Mitch (Gabe Jarret), a high school student whose Science Fair project made important inroads into laser beam technology. Mitch has been recruited by famed physics professor Hathaway (William Atherton), who asks Mitch to work in his laboratory. On campus, Mitch becomes roommates with the brilliant Chris Knight (Val Kilmer), legendary as the smartest freshman in the history of the college; but now, as a senior, he is less interested in his studies and more interested in having fun. It turns out that Hathaway is enlisting his students, unbeknownst to them, as a slave labor force to do research in developing a state-of-the-art laser device for the Defense Department (he uses his government grant funds to build a house). But Chris and Mitch begin to suspect that something is amiss with Hathaway's project.

SCA YOUNG ALUMNI SCREENING
May 5, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The School of Cinematic Arts Young Alumni Screening brings a dozen works by former SCA students to the big screen at their alma mater. All projects are by alumni who graduated in 2013 or later and vary from a parody trailer to traditional shorts to music videos to experimental scenes. While the lineup includes selections from filmmakers who have had work shown at film festivals or commissioned for digital channels, the majority of these pieces give alumni a first opportunity to see their content in a theater setting. Each project features a crew of several SCA alumni and illustrates the broad range of impressive work being made by recent graduates.

DHEEPAN
May 5, 2016, 9:10 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the new film from acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) is a gripping, human tale of survival. On the losing side of a civil war in Sri Lanka, a Tamil soldier (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) poses as the husband and father of two other refugees in order to escape their ravaged homeland. Arriving in France, the makeshift “family” sets about establishing a new life—only to find themselves once again embroiled in violence on the mean streets of Paris. A heartrending saga of three strangers united by circumstance and struggle, Dheepan is both a tour-de-force thriller and a powerful depiction of the immigrant experience.

ROOTS: Part 1
May 9, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

In 1750 in the port city of Juffure, in the West Africa region called The Gambia, Omoro Kinte and his wife, Binta, have their first child, a son named Kunta. As a member of the old and highly esteemed Kinte family, Kunta is trained in Mandinka customs and traditions befitting a future member of the king’s cavalry. Kunta is also educated in mathematics, literature, and geography, and dreams of traveling to the university in Timbuktu to become a scholar. Kunta falls in love with a slave girl, Jinna, owned by a rival Mandinka family, the ambitious Koro family. After a harrowing rite of passage, where Kunta passes his warrior training, Kunta is betrayed by the Koros and delivered to English slave traders. In 1767, on the slave ship Lord Ligonier, along with 140 other slaves, Kunta is shipped as cargo to America. He barely survives the pestilence, filth, and depravity metted on-board,. Kunta unsuccessfully leads an uprising a revolt, resulting in the deaths of many. In Annapolis, Maryland, Kunta is sold to John Waller, a wealthy but spendthrift planter. He is given the name the name “Toby” by Waller’s beautiful and indulged English wife, Elizabeth. Kunta attempts to escape and only the wise counsel of ‘Fiddler’, a sophisticated musician on the farm, helps him survive. But the urge to find a way home is too strong and when Kunta escapes a second time, the Overseer delivers a savage beating to Kunta that breaks him.

Off the MA+P: 2016 Undergraduate Showcase
May 9, 2016 - May 12, 2016, Monday, May 9 at 5:00 p.m. and May 10 - 12, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Stage 4

The 2016 Media Arts + Practice Undergraduate Showcase, Off the MA+P, celebrates a full range of innovative, media-rich projects created by students in the division. In particular, we will honor the capstone projects produced by the seniors in the BA in Media Arts + Practice and the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship programs. These projects combine research in the student’s area of interest (or major in the case of the Honors students) with an appropriate media form to imagine the future of scholarship as it becomes interactive and cinematic.

Movies We Love and Alamo Drafthouse Present: LETHAL WEAPON (1987)
May 10, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover team up as L.A. cops in the top-grossing action movie, Lethal Weapon, that spawned three sequels and countless imitators. Directed by Richard Donner, Gibson is a volatile, unregistered risk-taker, known as a "lethal weapon" by his law enforcement colleagues. Glover is the conservative detective with a solid reputation. Forced to form an uneasy alliance, they begin to unravel the mystery of an apparent suicide that turns out to be murder -- and more.

Movies We Love Presents: An Evening with Pierce Brosnan and THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (1999)
May 11, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Thomas Crown is a self-made billionaire who can buy anything he wants and is irresistible to women. But there are some things that money can't buy. Thomas Crown has run out of challenges. When an alarm sounds at a world class museum and someone walks out with a priceless Monet, Crown is the last person the New York police suspect. But one person suspects him: Catherine Banning, the brilliant female investigator hired to retrieve the painting no matter what it takes. Catherine loves the chase as much as he does and she's on to his game. Crown has found his challenge. Two can play, but only one can win.

WEINER
May 18, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Sexts, lies, and Carlos Danger: watch the wildest political meltdown in recent history as it unfolds. It’s 2013 and Anthony Weiner—still reeling from the sex scandal that ended his political career two years earlier—is back in the spotlight as he mounts an audacious comeback campaign for New York City mayor. But it’s not long before history repeats itself and new sexting allegations leave Weiner and his aides scrambling to contain the damage. Granted unfettered access to the candidate and his campaign, filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg capture a jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes look at the political machine as it breaks down. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize.

MAGGIE'S PLAN
May 19, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

In Rebecca Miller’s witty, modern romantic comedy Maggie's Plan, Greta Gerwig portrays Maggie Hardin, a vibrant and practical thirty - something New Yorker working at the New School who, without success in finding love, decides now is the time to have a chil d on her own. But when she meets John Harding (Ethan Hawke), a “ficto - critical anthropologist” and struggling novelist, Maggie falls in love for the first time, and adjusts her plans for motherhood. Complicating matters, John is in a strained marriage with Georgette Nørgaard (Julianne Moore), a brilliant Danish academic. With a Greek chorus of Maggie’s eccentric and hilarious best friends Tony and Felicia (played by Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph) observing wryly from the sidelines, Maggie sets into motion a n ew plan that catapults her into a nervy love triangle with John and Georgette; intertwining their lives and connecting them in surprising and the humorous new ways. Maggie learns that sometimes destiny should be left to its own devices. Maggie's Plan is a sweet, sophisticated and funny exploration of the unexpected complexities of modern romance, mixing heart and humor in a story of the delightful variability of relationships over the course of time.

PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW
May 24, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The true story of the incredible Princess Shaw and the enigmatic composer Kutiman, who discovers her from the other side of the world. By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in one of New Orleans’s toughest neighborhoods. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw on her confessional YouTube channel. Raw and vulnerable, her voice is a diamond in the rough. Across the globe, Ophir Kutiel creates video mash ups of amateur Youtube performers. Known as Kutiman, he is a composer, a musician, and a pioneering video artist embraced by the world of fine art. Kutiman “transforms sampling into a multimedia art”, whether at his home on a kibbutz in Israel or at a live performance at the Guggenheim in New York. Two strangers, almost 7,000 miles apart, begin to build a song. The film unfolds as Kutiman pairs Princess Shaw’s emotional performances in a beautiful expression of generosity and compassion, revealing the bonafide star underneath and her fight to never give up on her dreams.

THE ONES BELOW
May 25, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Eagerly awaiting their first child, a young couple in a tiny London suburb become involved in a psychological battle of wills with the tenants in the apartment downstairs.

DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID
June 6, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Léa Sedoux follows in the footsteps of Paulette Goddard and Jeanne Moreau as Célestine, a resentful young Parisian chambermaid who finds herself exiled to a position in the provinces where she immediately chafes against the noxious iron rules and pettiness of her high-handed bourgeois mistress (Clotilde Mollet), must rebuff the groping advances of Monsieur (Hervé Pierre), and reckon with her fascination with the earthy, brooding gardener Joseph (Vincent Lindon). Backtracking past the fetishism of Buñuel’s version to Octave Mirbeau’s original 1900 novel, Benoît Jacquot has one eye on contemporary France: the sense of social stiflement, Célestine’s humiliating submission to Madame’s onerous terms of employment, Joseph’s virulent anti-Semitism. But the turn-of-the-century setting saw the rise of Freud ideas about the human unconscious and so Jacquot takes care to look past the characters’ outward behavior and appearance to the repression and compulsions that lie behind.

THE FITS
June 7, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Eleven-year-old tomboy Toni (a showstopping Royalty Hightower) is bewitched by the tight-knit dance team she sees practicing in the same Cincinnati gymnasium where she boxes. Enamored by the power and confidence of the strong community of girls, Toni spends less and less time boxing with her older brother, and instead eagerly absorbs the dance routines and masters drills from a distance, and even pierces her own ears in an effort to fit in. But when a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance becomes more complicated. Gorgeously shot and with a mesmerizing score, The Fits is a transformative experience and a marvelous portrait of adolescence.

VIKTORIA
June 8, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Maya Vitkova’s stunning debut feature Viktoria, follows three generations of women in the final years of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria and the early years of the transition to democracy. The film focuses on reluctant mother Boryana and her daughter, Viktoria, who in one of the film’s surreal, magical touches is born without an umbilical cord. Though unwanted by her mother, Viktoria is named the country’s Baby of the Decade, and is showered with gifts and attention until the disintegration of the East Bloc. Despite throwing their worlds off balance, the resulting political changes also allow for the possibility of reconciliation.

TICKLED
June 13, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier's sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity. Discovering the truth becomes Farrier’s obsession, despite increasingly sinister threats and warnings. With humor and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling worm hole.

ROBERT WILLIAMS MR. BITCHIN'
June 15, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Robert Williams was an artist in search of a movement. A prolific oil painter, whose painstakingly detailed work often featured naked women, death, destruction, booze and clowns, he didn’t quite fit the fine art mold. In the early 1960s he was confronted with trendy abstraction and superficial pop art. Schooled in the Hot Rod Culture of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and Von Dutch, he emerged as a leader in the Underground Comic revolution along with R. Crumb, contributing regularly to Zap Comix. His antisocial paintings of an alternative reality were marginalized by the art world for decades although he became a hero of sorts for underground artists. His notoriety exploded when his painting Appetite for Destruction was used (and much vilified) as the cover for that 1987 Guns N’ Roses’ album.?

SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ
June 16, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Septembers of Shiraz is the harrowing story of a secular Jewish family in Iran as they fight for their lives immediately following the 1979 revolution. Directed by Wayne Blair and featuring powerful performances by Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody, and Academy Award® nominees Salma Hayek-Pinault and Shohreh Aghdashloo, Septembers of Shiraz illustrates the impact of political upheaval on ordinary people and gives us an incisive examination of a troubled moment in history.

OUR LITTLE SISTER
June 28, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Three sisters - Sachi, Yoshino and Chika - live together in a large house in the city of Kamakura. When their father - absent from the family home for the last 15 years - dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral, and meet their shy teenage half-sister. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them. Suzu eagerly agrees, and a new life of joyful discovery begins for the four siblings...