Upcoming Events

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.

Outside the Box [Office]: Fall 2016
August 23, 2016 - December 15, 2016, Times Vary
Locations Vary

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. All screenings will be OVERBOOKED to ensure capacity.

2016 Sloan Science Seminar
September 30, 2016, 4:00 P.M. - 5:30 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

Attendance is mandatory for those SCA majors planning to apply for one of the Sloan Foundation grants. The Sloan Foundation will award up to two Production grants, two Screenwriting grants and one Animation grant in 2017.

LONDON TOWN
October 3, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ron Howard Screening Room, RZC 111, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Experience the music and energy of the 1970s punk underground. When fifteen-year-old Shay (Daniel Huttlestone) hears the music of The Clash for the first time, it’s a revelation, opening up a new world of social consciousness and anti-establishment defiance beyond anything he’s known in his dead-end London suburb. Drawn into the heart of the city’s burgeoning punk scene, he forges two relationships that will change his life, falling in love with rebellious cool girl Vivian (Nell Williams) and finding an unexpected connection with none other than The Clash’s electrifying frontman, Joe Strummer (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Propelled by a blistering soundtrack that bounces from The Clash to The Ramones to Buzzcocks, London Town captures the sound and spirit of a scene that shook the world.

THE GREASY STRANGLER
October 4, 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

This Los Angeles–set tale follows Ronnie, a man who runs a disco walking tour along with his browbeaten son, Brayden. When a sexy, alluring woman named Janet comes to take the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her attentions. It also brings about the appearance of an oily, slimy, inhuman maniac who stalks the streets at night and strangles the innocent—soon dubbed "the Greasy Strangler."

Writing Presents an Evening with Robin Swicord
October 4, 2016, 7pm
SCA 112

Writing Presents...an Evening with Robin Swicord

AMANDA KNOX
October 5, 2016, 3:00 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

Twice convicted and twice acquitted by Italian courts of the brutal killing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox became the subject of global speculation as non-stop media attention fed the public's fascination through every twist and turn of the nearly decade-long case. In a world that remains strongly divided on the legal findings, Amanda Knox goes beyond guilt or innocence to shed new light on the events and circumstances of the past nine years. Featuring unprecedented access to key people involved and never-before-seen archival material, the film shifts between past to present, exploring the case from the inside out in exclusive interviews with Amanda Knox, her former co-defendant and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini and Daily Mail reporter Nick Pisa.

CERTAIN WOMEN
October 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

One of America’s foremost filmmakers, Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff) directs a remarkable ensemble cast led by Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, and Laura Dern in this stirring look at three women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer (Dern) who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother (Williams) whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student (Stewart) who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand (radiant newcomer Lily Gladstone). As their stories intersect in subtle but powerful ways, a portrait emerges of flawed, but strong-willed individuals in the process of defining themselves.

AUTISM IN LOVE and JIMMY & TOMMY: SCENES FROM A NEURODIVERSE ROMANCE
October 6, 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

Autism in Love is a feature length documentary that explores the lives of four autistic adults as they pursue and manage romantic relationships. Jimmy & Tommy explores the nuances of adult relationships and romance on the spectrum. A portrait of a man, Tom, with Asperger’s and his partner, Jim, the project meditates on the potential for connection and intimacy in the modern world.

DINNER FOR EIGHT with Director Peter Sollett and Oscar Nominated Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto
October 6, 2016, 7:00 PM
Thursday evening, October 6th, 2016

Dinner For Eight with Director Peter Sollett and Oscar Nominated Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto

SCA Network Screening for Trojan Family Weekend: THE ACCOUNTANT
October 7, 2016, 7:30 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex (NCT), 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.

SKY LADDER: THE ART OF CAI GUO-QIANG
October 10, 2016, 7:00 P.M. & 8:30 P.M.
The Ron Howard Screening Room, RZC 111, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Acclaimed filmmaker Kevin Macdonald had unfettered access to world-renowned artist Cai Guo-Qiang, whose frequent use of gunpowder serves as both an ancestral homage and an acknowledgement of humanity's fleeting nature. Creating ambitious signature pieces on the largest imaginable scales, Cai's electrifying work often transcends physical permanence while burning its philosophies into the audience's minds forever. Told through the artist's own words and those of family, friends and observers, the film tracks Cai’s meteoric rise and examines how and why he engineers artworks that loom as far as the eye can see and wow millions, such as a six mile-long gunpowder fuse stretching from the Great Wall into the Gobi Desert or the astounding opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

DO NOT RESIST
October 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

Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, Do Not Resist – the directorial debut of Detropia cinematographer Craig Atkinson – offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action – from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of "righteous violence" to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments – before exploring where technology could lead the field next.

Coppola's Monster Film: Making APOCALYPSE NOW
October 12, 2016, 1:00 P.M.
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

In 1975, after his two Godfather epics, Francis Ford Coppola went to the Philippines to film Apocalypse Now. He scrapped much of the original script, a jingoistic narrative of U.S. Special Forces winning an unwinnable war. Harvey Keitel, originally cast in the lead role, was fired and replaced by Martin Sheen, who had a heart attack. An overweight Marlon Brando, paid a huge salary, did more philosophizing than acting. It rained almost every day and a hurricane wiped out the set. The Philippine government promised the use of helicopters but diverted them at the last minute to fight communist and Muslim separatists. Coppola filmed for four years with no ending in the script. The shoot threatened to be the biggest disaster in movie history. Providing a detailed snapshot of American cinema during the Vietnam War, this book tells the story of how Apocalypse Now became one of the great films of all time.

Immersive Journalism and the Future of Spatial Narrative Using Virtual Reality
October 12, 2016 - November 11, 2016, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Emblembatic Group / 1947 Euclid Street / Santa Monica, CA 90404

Join award-winning documentary filmmaker, former Newsweek correspondent and immersive journalism virtual reality pioneer, Nonny de la Peña for a virtual reality workshop at her studio in Santa Monica. Immersive journalism uses virtual reality and 3D technologies to convey the sights, sounds and feelings of the news.

NEWTOWN
October 12, 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

Twenty months after the horrific mass shooting in Newtown, CT that took the lives of twenty elementary school children and six educators on December 14, 2012, the small New England town is a complex psychological web of tragic aftermath in the wake of yet another act of mass killing at the hands of a disturbed young gunman. Kim A. Snyder’s searing Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose.

A Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami and Screening of TASTE OF CHERRY (1997)
October 13, 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

During the course of his life (1940 – 2016), Abbas Kiarostami, the legendary Iranian filmmaker won the admiration of audiences and critics worldwide and has received more than seventy awards for his films. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or for Taste of Cherry, winner of the Cannes Film Festival Award of the Youth for Certified Copy (2010), and winner of the Chicago International Film Festival for Best Filmf for Through the Olive Trees, to name a few.

SCA Network Screening: JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK
October 13, 2016, 7:30 P.M.
The Michelle & Kevin Douglas IMAX Theater, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns with his particular brand of justice in the highly anticipated sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. When Army Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), who heads Reacher’s old investigative unit, is arrested for Treason, Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy involving soldiers who are being killed.

HIT WEEK 2016 Presents: Max Gazzè in Concert at the Whisky A Go-Go
October 16, 2016, 7:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.
Whisky A Go-Go, 8901 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Singer, songwriter and bassist Max Gazzè's 25 career has seen the artist become a leading statesman of Italian song. Born in Rome and raised in Brussels, where his father served as a diplomat, Gazzè has collaborated with the likes of Franco Battiato and Carmen Consoli. From the stage at Sanremo to being a founding member of a cantautori supergroup along with Niccolò Fabi and Daniele Silvestri, Gazzè’s most recent solo album “MAXIMILIAN” has topped Italy's music and media channels since its release in 2015 being certified platinum this year. Gazzè is a favorite on the European touring circuit. Following his global Hit Week appearances Gazzè returns to Italy for a pair of arena dates in Rome (10/27 Palalottomatica) and Milan (10/29 Mediolanum Forum).

ULISES' ODYSSEY
October 17, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ron Howard Screening Room, RZC 111, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Chilean filmmaker Lorena Manríquez embarks on a journey to search for the truth behind a 30-year rift between her father and her uncle Ulises. The two brothers were on opposite sides in the 1973 military coup, that brought General Pinochet to power in Chile and Ulises to exile in Switzerland. Through the revelation of family secrets, Manri?quez exposes the recent history of Chile, her country's painful memory, and the desire to reconcile it.

THE SKINNY
October 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

The Skinny follows feminist wannabe YouTube-comedy star Jessie as she struggles to live, love, and...get over her bulimia. On a mission to save the world and get rid of her love handles, Jessie demands honesty from everyone but herself.

NATIONAL BIRD
October 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

Executive produced by Errol Morris and Wim Wenders, the acclaimed documentary National Bird follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. At the center of the film are three U.S. military veterans. Plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, they decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences. Their stories take dramatic turns, leading one of the protagonists to Afghanistan where she learns about a horrendous incident. But her journey also gives hope for peace and redemption. National Bird gives rare insight into the U.S. drone program through the eyes of veterans and survivors, connecting their stories as never seen before in a documentary. Its images haunt the audience and bring a faraway issue close to home.

THE POETICS OF FRAGILITY
October 20, 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 Poetics of Fragility is a kaleidoscopic bilingual exploration of the texture, vitality and aesthetics of fragility. It interweaves stories of bodily frailty with optical vignettes of nature’s delicacy to reclaim fragility as intrinsic to existence, not something to be bemoaned or overcome.

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS
October 23, 2016, 2:30 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

The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, The Eagle Huntress features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.

HIT WEEK 2016 Presents: Negrita in Concert at the Whisky A Go-Go
October 24, 2016, 7:00 P.M. - 12:00 A.M.
Whisky A Go-Go, 8901 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Tuscan rockers Negrita are considered one of the most influential acts on the Italian scene of the last generation. Over a career born by taking their name from the Rolling Stones song "Hey Negrita", to Rolling Stone’s Italian edition raking their album “Reset" among the country’s 100 best of all time, the Arezzo-based band have earned multiple MTV Europe Award nominations and platinum certifications. Negrita’s ninth studio album “9” debuted at #1 on Italy’s album chart upon its release in 2015. Additionally, Negrita have developed a strong following in South America through their collaborations with the likes of Colombian mega-star Juanes and the socially conscious Brazilian rapper Gabriel o Pensador. Negrita, “habitué” of Hit Week, return to its festival fold for the first time in four years with a highly anticipated show.

Reunion Weekend 2016: Special Screening Presentation of Dr. Strange
November 3, 2016, 8:00 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Join us for Reunion Weekend as we celebrate undergraduate classes reaching their 50th, 40th, 30th, 25th, 20th and 10th-year anniversaries. Relive Trojan memories, celebrate Homecoming and support USC with your class, family and friends.

DUDE BRO PARTY MASSACRE III
November 4, 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

A satirical twist on the gory and sexually charged 1980’s slasher genre, Dude Bro Party Massacre III is presented as the only surviving VHS copy of the reviled horror franchise’s third, and final, installment. In the wake of two back-to-back mass murders on Chico’s frat row, loner Brent Chirino must infiltrate the ranks of a popular fraternity to investigate his twin brother's murder at the hands of the serial killer known as Motherface. As they are picked off one by one, Brent and his fellow Dude Bros must face the terrifying reality that their deadly foe, believed to have been killed (twice!), has returned from the grave (again!), and is hell-bent on the destruction of the Delta Bis.

CAMERAPERSON
November 7, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Ron Howard Screening Room, RZC 111, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into Cameraperson, a tapestry of footage captured over the twenty-five-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. Through a series of episodic juxtapositions, Johnson explores the relationships between image makers and their subjects, the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex interaction of unfiltered reality and crafted narrative. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, Cameraperson is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's DON GIOVANNI
November 13, 2016, 12:00 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex (NCT), 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Aided by his ingenious librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart approached his operatic retelling of the Don Juan myth from a point of view that is neither tragic nor entirely comic, but rather lighthearted, urbane, and ironic. We follow the title character and his earthy comic sidekick, Leporello, through a series of encounters that begins with a fatal duel, moves back and forth between the humorous and the sentimental, and ends with the protagonist being dragged down to hell.

The Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD Screening Series
November 13, 2016 - April 29, 2017, Varied
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex (NCT), 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts, USC Thornton School of Music, USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, and the Metropolitan Opera, invite you to select broadcasts from the 2016/2017 Live in HD Broadcast Series.

OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE
November 19, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex (NCT), 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice explores the experiences of 18 African American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Set against the strained and turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided America, which was torn between boycotting Hitler’s Olympics or participating in the Third Reich’s grandest affair, the film follows 16 men and two women before, during and after their heroic turn at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. They represented a country that considered them second class citizens and competed in a country that rolled out the red carpet in spite of an undercurrent of Aryan superiority and anti-Semitism.