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Upcoming Events

Virtual SCA Graduate Information Session
March 16, 2020 - November 11, 2021, 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 2022 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 graduate applicants only.  Please note that the Zoom link to the online session will be sent via email the morning of the session you register for. 

CTCS-467: Television Symposium
August 24, 2021 - December 14, 2021, 7:00 P.M. - 10:00 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

This Fall 2021 semester, the School of Cinematic Arts will offer a very special course called CTCS-467: Television Symposium, a four-unit elective class open for enrollment to ALL USC STUDENTS OF ANY MAJOR that brings you face-to-face with the leading television writers, producers, directors and actors working today. Each week, students watch contemporary television programming selected from the best shows on the air, followed by an exclusive Q&A with the creative team behind the show. The class is taught by MARY MCNAMARA, Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic and cultural editor for the Los Angeles Times and meets in person every Tuesday night @ 7:00 P.M. in the Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108.

SCA Virtual Graduate Open House
September 30, 2021 - October 25, 2021, Varies
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The Virtual Open House will be the most comprehensive virtual event for prospective graduate applicants. The Virtual Open House will include an admissions presentation, current student panel and faculty panel. You will be able to ask questions you may have about the School of Cinematic Arts and the application process.

This session is for prospective graduate applicants only. This event will not include information about our PhD programs. Prospective students interested in the Cinema & Media Studies PhD program should contact mediastudies@cinema.usc.edu and students interested in the Media Arts + Practice PhD program should contact map@cinema.usc.edu.

SCA Virtual Graduate Financial Aid Session
October 6, 2021 - November 4, 2021, 5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time
Online - Access Information Sent Via Email

The Virtual Financial Aid Session will provide information about financing your USC education, the financial aid process at USC and scholarship opportunities provided to School of Cinematic Arts students.

This session is for prospective graduate applicants only.  Please note that the Zoom link to the online session will be sent via email the morning of the session you register for. 

POSSESSION
October 25, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Banned upon its original release in 1981, Andrzej Zulawski’s stunningly choreographed nightmare of a marriage unraveling is an experience unlike any other. Professional spy Mark (Sam Neill) returns to his West Berlin home to find his wife Anna (Isabelle Adjani, in a role that earned her Best Actress at Cannes) insistent on a divorce. As Anna’s frenzied behavior becomes ever more alarming, Mark discovers a truth far more sinister than his wildest suspicions. With its pulsating score, visceral imagery, and some of the most haunting performances ever captured on screen, Possession is cinematic delirium at its most intoxicating.

Virtual Admitted Graduate Session
October 26, 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Online - Access Information Sent Via Email

Join the SCA Admissions staff as well as faculty for an online information session to get the inside scoop of life as an SCA student! We will be discussing an overview of the school, student resources, and next steps to securing your spot as a Trojan.

NEW ORDER in IMAX
October 26, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre @ The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Conceived six years ago, Michel Franco’s near-future dystopia feels ripped from headlines that haven’t yet been written. While protests rage in the streets, Marianne’s high society family prepares for her wedding. At first, only splatters of green paint and the appearance of Rolando, a former employee seeking emergency medical funds, intrude on the festivities. But soon the party is unable to keep the reckoning at bay, and what follows is a swift disintegration of law and order defined first by class lines, then by disastrous government recapitulation.

Inclusive Syllabus Faculty Workshop
October 27, 2021, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
virtual

The SCA Council on Diversity & Inclusion and the Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) are hosting a faculty-only interactive workshop entitled BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE SYLLABUS on Wednesday, October 27, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.. The session will focus on syllabus content and ensuring that policies listed on your syllabus are inclusive, supportive and welcoming to all students. 

FRANCESCO
October 27, 2021, 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

Francesco takes an unsparing look at the most pressing issues of the 21st Century; economic stratification, race and gender inequality, the climate crisis, xenophobia and others; while shining a light on the challenges and consequences that have led us to this moment in time. As we embark on this journey, with Pope Francis as our guide, we discover a leader who demonstrates a tremendous amount of humility, wisdom and generosity towards all, and whose ideals can help us build a bridge to a better future and thrive as a global community. Francesco is not a biographical film about Pope Francis in the traditional sense. Rather, the documentary provides a glimpse into his work addressing so many issues of today; climate change, immigration, peace and religious tolerance, the LGBT community, gender and identity justice, health, and economic equality. As a result, we are given an example of leadership that provides hope and inspiration during one of the most unprecedented moments in our lives.

FAIRFAX: A New Amazon Original Adult Animated Comedy Series
October 28, 2021, 3:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre @ The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Fairfax is an Amazon Original adult animated comedy series that follows four middle school best friends on their never-ending quest for clout on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles—the pulsing heart of hypebeast culture. Starring Skyler Gisondo, Kiersey Clemons, Peter S. Kim, and Jaboukie Young-White—and featuring the likes of Billy Porter, Zoey Deutch, Camila Mendes, Rob Delaney, Yvette Nicole Brown, Ben Schwartz, JB Smoove, John Leguizamo, and Colton Dunn, among others, in guest roles—this series is about the timeless struggle to be cooler than you are, to fit in while standing out, and what it feels like to wait in line for a pair of sneakers you’re never going to cop.

THE SOUVENIR PART II
October 28, 2021, 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

In the aftermath of her tumultuous relationship with a charismatic and manipulative older man, Julie begins to untangle her fraught love for him in making her graduation film, sorting fact from his elaborately constructed fiction. Joanna Hogg’s shimmering story of first love and a young woman’s formative years, The Souvenir Part II is a portrait of the artist that transcends the halting particulars of everyday life — a singular, alchemic mix of memoir and fantasy.

THE BLAZING WORLD
October 29, 2021, 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

Decades after the accidental drowning of her twin sister, a self-destructive young woman (Carlson Young) returns to her family home, finding herself drawn to an alternate dimension where her sister may still be alive. Through an epic journey down the darkest corridors of her imagination, she tries to exorcise the demons pushing her closer and closer to the edge.

GAZA MON AMOUR
November 1, 2021, 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

Gaza, today. Sixty-year-old fisherman Issa is secretly in love with Siham, a woman who works at the market with her daughter Leila. When he discovers an ancient phallic statue of Apollo in his fishing nets, Issa hides it, not knowing what to do with this mysterious and potent treasure. Yet deep inside, he feels that this discovery will change his life forever. Strangely, his confidence starts to grow and eventually he decides to approach Siham.

ASCENSION in IMAX
November 2, 2021, 3:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre @ The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Ascension is an impressionistic portrait of China’s industrial supply chain that reveals the country’s growing class divide through staggering observations of labor, consumerism and wealth. The documentary portrays capitalism in China across the levels of its operation, from the crudest mine to the most rarefied forms of leisure. Accordingly, the film is structured in three parts, ascending through the levels of the capitalist structure: workers running factory production, the middle class training for and selling to aspirational consumers, and the elites reveling in a new level of hedonistic enjoyment. In traveling up the rungs of China’s social ladder, we see how each level supports and makes possible the next while recognizing the contemporary "Chinese Dream" remains an elusive fantasy for most.

GUNDA in IMAX
November 2, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre @ The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Experiential cinema in its purest form, Gunda chronicles the unfiltered lives of a mother pig, a flock of chickens, and a herd of cows with masterful intimacy. Using stark, transcendent black and white cinematography and the farm's ambient soundtrack, director Victor Kossakowsky invites the audience to slow down and experience life as his subjects do, taking in their world with a magical patience and an other worldly perspective. Gunda asks us to meditate on the mystery of animal consciousness, and reckon with the role humanity plays in it. Executive Produced by Joaquin Phoenix.‍

HIVE
November 8, 2021, 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

Hive is a searing drama based on the true story of Fahrije (Yllka Gashi), who, like many of the other women in her patriarchal village, has lived with fading hope and burgeoning grief since her husband went missing during the war in Kosovo. In order to provide for her struggling family, she pulls together the other widows in her community to launch a business selling a local food product. Finding healing and solace in considering a future without their husbands—but their will to begin living independently is met with hostility. The men in the village condemn Fahrije’s efforts to empower herself and the women around her, starting a feud that threatens their newfound sovereignty—and the financial future of Fahrije’s family. Against the backdrop of Eastern Europe’s civil unrest and lingering misogyny, Fahrije and the women of her village join in a struggle to find hope in the face of an uncertain future. Hive is a pithy, devastating portrait of loss and our uphill journeys to freedom.

NIGHT OF THE KINGS in IMAX
November 9, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre @ The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

A young man is sent to “La Maca,” a prison in the middle of the Ivorian forest ruled by its inmates. As tradition goes with the rising of the red moon, he is designated by the Boss to be the new “Roman” and must tell a story to the other prisoners. Learning what fate awaits him, he begins to narrate the mystical life of the legendary outlaw named “Zama King” and has no choice but to make his story last until dawn.

Upcoming SCA Council on Diversity & Inclusion Meeting
November 10, 2021, 3-4:30 PM
virtual

Hello SCA Community,

We hope to see you all at our Council on Diversity & Inclusion meeting on Wednesday, November 10th  at 3:00pm. This meeting is open to the SCA community and we highly encourage SCA students, staff, and faculty to attend. The meeting will have a community discussion, followed by business and information about council initiatives.  To ensure the safest possible COVID practices meetings this semester will be virtual. Please RSVP no later than 1:00pm on Oct 6 to receive login information. 

Please email diversity@cinema.usc.edu if you would like to add an agenda item. Thank you for your continued support!

Upcoming SCA Council on Diversity & Inclusion meetings are 3-4:30 pm on the following dates (10/6, 11/10, 12/1).

FAMILY PICTURES USC: HOW I GOT HERE
November 10, 2021, 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. PDT
Live Online Webinar

During this event, selected members of the USC Faculty and Administration will be invited to share their personal stories of family and their motivation for How I Got Here. Each participant will be in conversation with presenter Thomas Allen Harris for about 5-8 minutes, talking about the stories behind 3 photographic images in response to the following:

1) The person or people who most influenced who you are today.
2) The reason why you are doing the work you do; and
3) The one (1) photo that represents the "real" you.

SCA Current USC Transfer Information Session
November 11, 2021, 4:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Online - Access Information Sent Via Email

Join the SCA Admissions staff and SCA Student Affairs staff for an information session to learn more about applying to the SCA undergraduate programs for the Fall 2022 semester. Topics will include an overview of the school and programs, facilities, SCA scholarships and academic advising.

This session is for Current USC Transfer applicants only. 

THE GREEN KNIGHT
November 11, 2021, 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

An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur's reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger. From visionary filmmaker David Lowery comes a fresh and bold spin on a classic tale from the knights of the round table.

Unsilenced: A Call to Action with Afghan Human Rights Activist Crystal Bayat & Syrian Refugee Olympian Yusra Mardini
November 12, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

What does the Taliban takeover mean for the future of women’s rights in the Middle East? What can we do to advocate for those who have been silenced? Afghan human rights activist Crystal Bayat and Syrian refugee and Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini have been fighting their entire lives to be seen and treated as equals. In an inspiring conversation moderated by social entrepreneur Hila Azadzoy, these women will share their incredible stories and discuss the importance of advocacy in the face of insurmountable odds, innovative ways to empower girls who’ve been denied education, and the power of technology for social good.

The Jack Oakie & Victoria Horne Oakie Masters of Comedy Lecture Series honoring Nancy Meyers, USC Comedy's 2021 Oakie Award Recipient, in Conversation with Martin Short
November 14, 2021, 4:00 P.M. PST
Live Online Webinar

Nancy Meyers is a trailblazing filmmaker who, as a first-rate writer, director and producer, has created a body of work focusing on the female experience with her exceptionally literate and sophisticated comedies. Tapping into the very heart of modern relationships, she chronicles women and men, at work and in love, in a singular fashion that makes each film instantly recognizable as a Nancy Meyers movie.

WHAT LIES BELOW in IMAX
November 16, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre @ The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Liberty, a socially awkward 16-year-old, returns from two months at camp only to be blindsided with the introduction of her Mother’s fiancée, John Smith, whose charm, intelligence, and beauty paint the picture of a man too perfect to be human.

MINARI
November 17, 2021, 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

A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

KAJILLIONAIRE: Live Screening and Q&A with Writer/Director Miranda July
November 19, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

From her early Riot Grrrl–influenced fanzines and performances to a career that has produced seminal films, fiction, sculptures, public art, and even a smartphone app, Miranda July is one of the most impressive cross-disciplinary artists of her generation. Join us for a screening of her third feature film, Kajillionaire, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2020 and stars Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger, and Gina Rodriguez. July will introduce the movie and participate in a post-screening Q&A with Nana Adwoa Frimpong, MFA Candidate at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, George Lucas Scholar, and the recipient of the John Huston Scholarship for Directing.

BLOOD OF THE FAMILY TREE
December 6, 2021, 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

Blood of the Family Tree is an experimental animated film that explores questions of connections, hidden family history, disease, and our ties to the past. My objective was to create a work of animation that uses complex cinematic structures to tell a personal story, illustrating the connective tissue that binds humanity to history. The film is a struggle to understand the past and its effect on the present. Recent research suggests that trauma is genetically passed down through generations. Issues of inheritance, physical and cultural mores and traumas sited within the body are represented by images of grandmothers, keepers, ancestors, watchers, blood cells, bones, knots, lace, trees, and roots. Can we escape our history? Probably not, but we can recognize it and make peace with it.

THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES
December 9, 2021, 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

From the humans who brought you the Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The LEGO Movie comes The Mitchells vs. The Machines, where an old school father and his plugged-in, filmmaker daughter struggle to relate as their family embarks on a road trip to her new college. Their drive is interrupted by a machine apocalypse that threatens to tear these unlikely heroes apart unless they can find a way to join forces and save humanity.

THE HAND OF GOD
December 13, 2021, 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

From Academy Award-winning writer and director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo, The Great Beauty, The Young Pope) comes the story of a boy, Fabietto Schisa, set in the tumultuous Naples of the 1980s. The Hand of God is a story full of unexpected joys, such as the arrival of football legend Diego Maradona, and an equally unexpected tragedy. Fate plays its part, joy and tragedy intertwine, and Fabietto’s future is set in motion. Sorrentino returns to his hometown to tell his most personal story, a tale of fate and family, sports and cinema, love and loss.