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In-Person SCA Graduate Information Session
July 7, 2022 - January 26, 2023, Varies
SCA Courtyard

Join the SCA Admissions staff for an in-person information session to learn more about applying to the SCA graduate programs for the Fall 2024 semester.  Topics will include an overview of the school, programs and facilities, financial aid, Q&A with staff and more!

Virtual SCA Graduate Information Session
August 3, 2022 - March 31, 2023, 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 2024 semester.  Topics will include an overview of the school, programs and facilities, financial aid, Q&A with staff and more!

JOHN SINGLETON: A CELEBRATION
September 9, 2022 - April 19, 2023, 7:00 P.M.
Varied

Throughout the 2022/2023 academic year, Visions and Voices, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and the USC African American Cinema Society, will host a series of screenings honoring the life and career of trailblazing filmmaker, iconic Angeleno, and USC alumnus, John Singleton. Screenings will take place at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the David Geffen Theater at the Academy Museum, with conversations to follow featuring cast and crew.

CTCS-467: Television Symposium, Spring 2023
January 9, 2023 - May 8, 2023, Monday nights from 7:00 - 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 Spring 2023 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 Monday night @ 7:00 P.M. in the Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108.

OUTSIDE THE BOX [OFFICE]: Spring 2023
January 9, 2023 - May 12, 2023, Varied
USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] is a free, year-round film showcase of brand new movies, with a focus on independent, international, documentary, and genre cinema. The series draws from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain. Films are screened in facilities around the USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, including the Ray Stark Family Theatre, the Albert & Dana Broccoli Theatre, and the Michelle & Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre. Please refer to individual film listings for venue and start time.

CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium, Spring 2023
January 12, 2023 - May 11, 2023, Thursday nights from 6:00 - 10:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

This Spring 2023 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. Throughout the semester, students will watch a wide selection of new film releases, followed by exclusive Q&As with the creative teams behind them. The class is taught by film critic LEONARD MALTIN and meets every Thursday night in Norris Cinema Theatre from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Potential Spring 2023 Screenings May Include: Close, MissingAnt-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Creed III, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, A Good Person, Chevalier, Renfield, The Covenant, Paint, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

THE HONG KONGER: JIMMY LAI'S EXTRAORDINARY STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM
January 31, 2023, 7:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

When Hong Kong’s basic freedoms come under attack, media tycoon Jimmy Lai finds himself in the crosshairs of the state and must choose between defending Hong Kong’s long-standing liberties, or his own freedom.

AUTUMN BEAT
February 1, 2023, 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

Two brothers, Tito and Paco, have the same dream: to break into the rap music world. Paco is a born performer and Tito knows how to write like no other, but ambition, life, and love for the same woman will test their bond.

SCA Council on Diversity & Inclusion Meeting
February 2, 2023, 1-2:30PM
SCA 214

We hope to see you all at our Council on Diversity & Inclusion meeting on Thursday, February 2nd  at 1:00 p.m. in SCA 214  Our meetings are open to the SCA community and we highly encourage SCA students, staff, and faculty to attend. We will provide updates of council initiatives and provide space for a general community discussion. 

DEAR SIRS
February 2, 2023, 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

Filmmaker Mark Pedri had never heard his grandfather Silvio’s story despite spending nearly every day together for 10 years. It wasn’t until after Silvio’s death that Mark found an archive of old photos, letters, and documents detailing Silvio’s journey as a Prisoner of War (POW) in World War II. The discovery inspired Mark to bike over 500 miles across Europe, following the original Prisoner of War transportation routes, in an effort to tell his grandfather’s story and better understand the man who helped raise him.

The Actor's Director Workshop
February 4, 2023 - February 5, 2023, 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 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

Taught by actor/director Sheryl Lee and actor/writer/director Gary Hershberger, this workshop opens up deeper understanding of how artists can interact with each other, and move from controlling a performance… to finding the moment-to-moment truth together. We will explore creative techniques such as staying present, the magic of silence, the art of connecting, the power of vulnerability -- learning to understand not only the intentions of a script, but the language of the heart. Discover the most important aspect of filmmaking and performance -- the communication between directors and actors.

BRAINWASHED: SEX-CAMERA-POWER
February 7, 2023, 7:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

In this eye-opening documentary, celebrated independent filmmaker Nina Menkes explores the sexual politics of cinematic shot design, drawing on hundreds of clips from iconic movies and interviews with an all-star cast of women and non-binary film industry professionals.

BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER - Filmmakers Commentary Screening
February 9, 2023, 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

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the mighty Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of the death of their beloved King T’Challa. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) if they are to forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole and directed by Ryan Coogler. 

Movies We Love Presents: THE LAST OF SHEILA (1973)
February 21, 2023, 7:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Raised voices at a Bel-Air party. The front door bursts open. Sheila runs from the mansion, away from her irate husband, Clinton Greene (James Coburn). A screech of brakes beyond the driveway. Sheila is hit and dies. One year later to the day, Greene invites six Hollywood insiders (played by Raquel Welch, James Mason, Dyan Cannon, Richard Benjamin, Joan Hackett and Ian McShane) who were present that fatal night aboard his yacht, the Sheila, anchored off Nice, France, for a "murder game" devised to reveal his guest's innermost secrets ... a game that proceeds to an inexorable and surprising climax.

2 FAST 2 FURIOUS
February 22, 2023, 7:30 P.M.
David Geffen Theater @ The Academy Museum, 6067 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

This smash hit sequel to The Fast and the Furious (2001) takes leave of Dom Toretto and his family to follow Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), the LA cop who sacrificed his career to help his friend Dom escape justice. Given the chance to wipe his own criminal record clean, Brian teams up with his old friend Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) to infiltrate the organization of ruthless drug lord Carter Verone (Cole Hauser), while falling for undercover customs agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes). This film returned director John Singleton to the action-thriller genre of his 2000 Shaft reboot, and his high-energy sequel—with its mixture of light-hearted banter, increasingly over-the-top action sequences, and twisty plotting—helped set the template for the seven (and counting) sequels that followed. The film also introduced two performers who would become key members of the Furious “family”—Tyrese Gibson as Roman, and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as race host Tej Parker.

HUSTLE & FLOW
March 5, 2023, 2:00 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

DJay is a Memphis hustler who spends most days in a parked Chevy philosophizing about life while Nola (Taryn Manning), turn tricks in the backseat. He's not very good at pimping, but he can hustle almost anything or anyone and makes enough to keep himself and three girls satisfied and housed in his shotgun home. DJay however is in the midst of a midlife crisis| he quietly harbors dreams of becoming a respected rapper. When he learns from a local club owner, Arnel (Isaac Hayes), that rap mogul Skinny Black (Ludacris), is rolling through town, DJay decides to record his flow with the hopes of slipping his demo to Skinny. With little help from his friends and "family" DJay sets in motion the hustle of his life, and galvanizes the lives of those around him as they learn that "Everybody's gotta have a dream."

BLACK SNAKE MOAN
March 5, 2023, 6:00 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

When ex-blues musician Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson) finds the town nymphomaniac Rae (Christina Ricci) left for dead on the side of the road, he vows to nurse her back to health…and cure her of her wickedness. Until then, she’ll be chained to the immovable radiator in his home. But Lazarus has demons of his own: his wife just left him for his own brother. While Lazarus and Rae struggle to fix their broken lives, the situation threatens to explode as Rae's boyfriend Ronnie (Justin Timberlake) — a roughneck soldier just back from Iraq — comes searching for his missing lover.

The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Richard Wagner's LOHENGRIN
March 18, 2023, 9:00 A.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Wagner’s soaring masterpiece makes its triumphant return to the Met stage after 17 years. In a sequel to his revelatory production of Parsifal, director Franccois Girard unveils an atmospheric staging that once again weds his striking visual style and keen dramatic insight to Wagner’s breathtaking music, with Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin on the podium to conduct a supreme cast led by tenor Piotr Beczala in the title role of the mysterious swan knight. Sopranos Tamara Wilson and Elena Stikhina, as the virtuous duchess Elsa, falsely accused of murder, go head-to-head with soprano Christine Goerke as the cunning sorceress Ortrud, who seeks to lay her low. Bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin is Ortrud’s power-hungry husband, Telramund, and bass Gunther Groissbock is King Heinrich.

FOUR BROTHERS
March 22, 2023, 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

Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, André Benjamin and Garrett Hedlund co-star in this gripping tale of brotherly love, betrayal, and revenge from acclaimed filmmaker John Singleton. After their adoptive mother is gunned down during a grocery store holdup, the estranged brothers reunite to seek revenge and take matters into their own hands. Defying police orders, the four begin turning their old Detroit neighborhood upside down searching for the mastermind behind the brutal killing. Along the way, they discover they are bound by ties thicker than blood in this emotionally powerful, action-packed drama.

PIONEERS IN SKIRTS
March 23, 2023, 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

Pioneers in Skirts is an inspiring story of young women with pioneering ambitions - and the obstacles that get in their way. Following stories of the women navigating these challenges the film focuses on how we as individuals can take action to overcome these biases and setbacks for today's woman and the next. Audiences connect to the problem individually, experience a broadened perspective of what’s really happening around them, and awaken with a sense of responsibility and empathy that empowers them to make a difference.

The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Giuseppe Verdi's FALSTAFF
April 1, 2023, 9:30 A.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Verdi’s glorious Shakespearean comedy features a brilliant ensemble cast in Robert Carsen’s celebrated staging. Baritone Michael Volle sings his first Verdi role at the Met as the caddish knight Falstaff, gleefully tormented by a trio of clever women who deliver his comeuppance. Reuniting after their acclaimed turns in the production’s 2019 run are soprano Ailyn Perez as Alice Ford, soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg Page, and mezzo-soprano Marie-Nicole Lemieux as Mistress Quickly. Soprano Hera Hyesang Park and tenor Bogdan Volkov are the young couple Nannetta and Fenton, and Maestro Daniele Rustioni conducts.

The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Terence Blanchard's CHAMPION
April 29, 2023, 12:00 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Six-time Grammy Award–winning composer Terence Blanchard brings his first opera to the Met after his Fire Shut Up in My Bones triumphantly premiered with the company to universal acclaim in 2021–22. Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is the young boxer Emile Griffith, who rises from obscurity to become a world champion, and bass-baritone Eric Owens portrays Griffith’s older self, haunted by the ghosts of his past. Soprano Latonia Moore is Emelda Griffith, the boxer’s estranged mother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is the bar owner Kathy Hagan. Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium for Blanchard’s second Met premiere, also reuniting the director-and-choreographer team of James Robinson and Camille A. Brown.

The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Wolgang Amadeus Mozart's DIE ZAUBERFLOTE
June 3, 2023, 10:00 A.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

One of opera’s most beloved works receives its first new Met staging in 19 years—a daring vision by renowned English director Simon McBurney that The Wall Street Journal declared “the best production I’ve ever witnessed of Mozart’s opera.” Nathalie Stutzmann conducts the Met Orchestra, with the pit raised to make the musicians visible to the audience and allow interaction with the cast. In his Met-debut staging, McBurney lets loose a volley of theatrical flourishes, incorporating projections, sound effects, and acrobatics to match the spectacle and drama of Mozart’s fable. The brilliant cast includes soprano Erin Morley as Pamina, tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Tamino, baritone Thomas Oliemans in his Met debut as Papageno, soprano Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, and bass Stephen Milling as Sarastro.