Upcoming Events

Outside the Box [Office]: Fall 2018
January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018, 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.

On-Campus SCA Information Session
January 7, 2018 - December 21, 2018, 11:00 AM
USC School of Cinematic Arts

This information session is available for prospective applicants interested in the undergraduate and/or graduate programs at the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA).  The session begins with a presentation discussing the SCA programs, admissions processes and available facilities at the school -- an opportunity for Q & A will also be given.

Festival & Distribution: General Info Sessions
August 1, 2018 - May 14, 2028, Varies
School of Cinematic Arts, SCA 255

Industry Relations presents monthly Festival & Distribution General Info Group Sessions. Learn about the first steps to submit to film festivals, strategic ways to choose where to apply, and get your general festival questions answered.

CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium
August 23, 2018 - December 6, 2018, 6:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

This Fall 2018 semester, the School of Cinematic Arts will offer a very special course called CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium, a four-unit elective class open for enrollment to ALL USC STUDENTS OF ANY MAJOR that brings you face-to-face with leading film directors, writers, producers, and actors working today. Each week, students watch sneak previews of upcoming Hollywood movies, followed by an exclusive Q&A with the creative team behind the film. The class is taught by film critic LEONARD MALTIN and meets every Thursday night from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. in the Frank Sinatra Hall at the Norris Cinema Theatre Complex.

Virtual Graduate Information Session
September 11, 2018 - November 7, 2018, Varies
Online- Access Information Sent via Email

Join the SCA Admissions staff for an online information session to learn more about applying to the SCA graduate programs for the Fall 2019 semester.  Topics will include an overview of the school, programs and facilities, financial aid, Q&A with staff and more! Please note that access information to the online session will be sent via email the morning of the session you register for.

On-Campus Undergraduate Transfer Student Information Session
September 14, 2018 - January 12, 2019, 10:00 AM
School of Cinematic Arts

Join the SCA Admissions staff for an information session specific to Transfer applicants.  Transfer applicants will learn more about applying to the SCA undergraduate programs for the Fall 2019 semester.  Topics will include an overview of the school, programs and facilities, Q&A with staff and more! 

Virtual Undergraduate Information Session
September 17, 2018 - November 21, 2018, 3:30 PM (Pacific Standard Time)
Online - Access Information Sent Via Email

Join the SCA Admissions staff for an online information session to learn more about applying to the SCA undergraduate programs for the Fall 2018 semester.  Topics will include an overview of the school, programs and facilities, financial aid, Q&A with staff and more!

This session is for prospective freshman and transfer applicants.  Please note that access information to the online session will be sent via email the morning of the session you register for. 

Off-Campus Graduate Information Session
September 24, 2018, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
San Francisco

This information session is available for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in one of our M.A. or M.F.A. programs at the School of Cinematic Arts. Information regarding Ph.D. programs will not be covered during the presentation. The session will begin with a presentation discussing the SCA programs, application process and available facilities at the school -- opportunity for Q & A will also be given. 

BISBEE '17
September 25, 2018, 7:30 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

Bisbee ’17 is a nonfiction feature film by award-winning filmmaker Robert Greene set in Bisbee, Arizona, an eccentric old mining town just miles away from both Tombstone and the Mexican border. Radically combining collaborative documentary, western and musical elements,the film follows several members of the close knit community as they attempt to reckon with their town’s darkest hour. In 1917, nearly two-thousand immigrant miners, on strike for better wages and safer working conditions, were violently rounded up by their armed neighbors, herded onto cattle cars, shipped to the middle of the New Mexican desert and left there to die. This long-buried and largely forgotten event came to be known as the Bisbee Deportation.

Producing Diversity: A Conversation Presented by MISC and the PGA
September 26, 2018, 6:30 PM
School of Cinematic Arts Complex - SCI 106

Join the USC Media Institute for Social Change (MISC) and the Producers Guild of America (PGA) for Producing Diversity, a conversation exploring the ways producers in Film and Television are uniquely positioned to achieve diversity employment goals, both above and below the line. Moderated by Janet Yang (The Joy Luck Club) with panelists Stephanie Allain (Dear White People), Teddy Zee (The Pursuit of Happyness) and Bryan Unkeless (Crazy Rich Asians).

ON HER SHOULDERS
September 26, 2018, 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-three-year-old Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of exhausting undertakings—from giving testimony before the U.N. to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews and one-on-one meetings with top government officials. With deep compassion and a formal precision and elegance that matches Nadia’s calm and steely demeanor, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach follows this strong-willed young woman, who survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people, even when at times she longs to lay aside this monumental burden and simply have an ordinary life.

On-Campus Graduate Information Session
September 26, 2018 - October 26, 2018, 7PM - 9PM
USC School of Cinematic Arts

This information session is available for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in one of our M.A. or M.F.A. programs at the School of Cinematic Arts. Information regarding the Ph.D. programs will not be covered during the presentation. The session will begin with a presentation discussing the SCA programs, application process and available facilities at the School--opportunity for Q & A will also be given. 

ALL ABOUT NINA
September 27, 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

Just as Nina Geld’s brilliant and angry stand-up kicks her career into high gear, her romantic life gets complicated, forcing her to reckon with what it means to be creative, authentic, and a woman in today’s culture. Nominated for Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca Film Festival 2018.

2018 Sloan Science Seminar: SAVING OUR PLANET: LIVING WITH GLOBAL WARMING
September 28, 2018, 4:00 - 5:30 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

Participating Climate Change Experts Include: Dr.  Lowell Stott, USC Professor of Earth Sciences at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences; Dr. Neil Berg, Associate Director, Science, at UCLA’s Center for Climate Science; Dr. Marla Schwartz, Atmospheric Perils Specialist at Swiss Re Management Corp.; and Dr. Peter Kalmus, Climate Scientist – research projects at JPL and UCLA. Moderated by Norman Hollyn – Professor, Production Division and Media Arts + Practice.

Global Exchange Workshop Summer 2018 Short Docs Premiere
September 30, 2018, 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
SCA 112

Please join us for an afternoon of short documentary films. 8 new short documentaries produced at the Communications University of China in Beijing by teams of USC and CUC students during the Summer of 2018.

The LEGO Batman Movie IMAX 3D
October 2, 2018, 6:30pm
Michelle & Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble-LEGO Batman- stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

A CROOKED SOMEBODY
October 2, 2018, 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

Michael Vaughn’s minister father always told him: Better to be an honest nobody than a crooked somebody. But Michael (Richard Sommer) doesn’t see the harm in giving people the closure they need with the dead and travels town-to-town professing his abilities as a spirit medium. One night, Michael is kidnapped. With a knife to his throat, Michael suddenly sees the opportunity of a lifetime in his psychologically unstable captor’s desperation to make contact with the other side. Intent on saving his floundering career, Michael sets out to become a celebrity TV psychic by solving the mystery of a high-profile crime in the national spotlight.

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE
October 3, 2018, 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

Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption… before everything goes to hell.

"Has America Forgotten the Virgin Islands?" Screening and Discussion with Documentary Journalist Peter Bailey
October 3, 2018, 7:00PM
SCI 106, Interactive Media Building, 3470 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Journalist Peter Bailey was home on St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, when Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean. As the island struggled to recover, its residents came to the conclusion that the U.S. Government was not going to come to the rescue, they had to take care of themselves. Bailey, who wrote about their resilience in a New York Times Op-Ed titled "Has America Forgotten the Virgin Islands?" comes to USC to present his documentary "Paradise Discovered: The Unbreakable Virgin Islanders," about the people behind the recovery efforts.

25 PROSPECT STREET
October 4, 2018, 7:30 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

In this thoughtful and humorous documentary, Valerie Jensen, an unshakable former school teacher, transforms an abandoned bank into the Prospector Theater: a state-of-the-art movie palace that provides unprecedented opportunities for people with disabilities and a real shot at being successful and self-sufficient for the first time in their lives. Director Kaveh Taherian tracks the emotional first year of the fledgling cinema, following the missteps and giant leaps of the new recruits—many of whom are earning their first paychecks—to offer of portrait of a non-profit that is simultaneously on the brink of failure and on the cusp of serving as a new national model of how to put talented people to work.

Breaking the Glass Frame: Women and Animation, Past, Present, Future
October 5, 2018 - October 7, 2018, Friday 7pm-9pm, Sat 9am-7:30pm, Sun 9am-7:30pm
SCA 108, 110, 112

Breaking the Glass Frame: Women and Animation, Past, Present, Future is a symposium that brings together scholars, educators, historians, independent artists and industry personnel to explore and celebrate women’s contributions to animation, as well as to examine and discuss the ways in which discrimination and bias continue to confront women working within the animation industry and academia today.

Off-Campus Graduate Information Session
October 8, 2018, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
New York

This information session is available for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in one of our M.A. or M.F.A. programs at the School of Cinematic Arts. Information regarding Ph.D. programs will not be covered during the presentation. The session will begin with a presentation discussing the SCA programs, application process and available facilities at the school -- opportunity for Q & A will also be given. 

2018 Pantelion Screenwriting Contest Seminar
October 19, 2018, 2:00pm
SCA 110

We are excited to announce the 2018-19 Pantelion Screenwriting Contest!  In order to be considered, interested students are required to attend the Pantelion Screenwriting Contest Seminar on Friday, October 19th at 2:00pm in SCA 110.

Giuseppe Verdi's AIDA
October 20, 2018, 12:00 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

In what should be a highlight of the new season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. Later in the season, a second star-studded cast takes over, with Sondra Radvanovsky and Dolora Zajick as the leading ladies.Tenors Aleksandrs Antonenko and Yonghoon Lee alternate as Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti and Plácido Domingo take the podium for the Met’s monumental production.

The Metropolitan Opera's 2018/2019 Live in HD Broadcast Series
October 20, 2018 - March 30, 2019, Varied
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 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 and a guest to select broadcasts from the 2018/2019 Live in HD Broadcast Series.

Off-Campus Graduate Information Session
October 22, 2018, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Chicago

This information session is available for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in one of our M.A. or M.F.A. programs at the School of Cinematic Arts. Information regarding Ph.D. programs will not be covered during the presentation. The session will begin with a presentation discussing the SCA programs, application process and available facilities at the school -- opportunity for Q & A will also be given. 

Giacomo Puccini's LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST
November 17, 2018, 12:00 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, with the heralded return of tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw she loves. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov also sings some performances. Baritone Ċ½eljko Lu?i? is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts.