SCA Alumni Screening Series: MEGAN IS MISSING

July 14, 2009, 7:30 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall

The School of Cinematic Arts and Trio Pictures
invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of


MEGAN IS MISSING


Written and directed by Michael Goi

Followed by a Q&A with the director and members of the cast


7:30 P.M. on Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall


FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO ALL.


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ABOUT MEGAN IS MISSING

Endorsed by Marc Klaas and the KlaasKids Foundation, a child safety advocacy group in the U.S., Megan is Missing is a fictional drama that follows two young girls, Megan Stewart, 14, and her best friend Amy Herman, 13. Though opposites in personality, they forge a deep friendship as they grow up fast in a world of rave parties, casual drug use and indiscriminate sex. Using the Internet as a lifeline for social interaction, Megan meets a 17 year-old boy named Josh in a web chat room. When Megan disappears after arranging to meet him in person, Amy launches a concentrated effort to find her friend, but instead finds a truth more terrifying than she could have ever imagined. As the media swirls around the story of Megan Stewart's disappearance, Amy Herman suddenly vanishes as well.

An original screenplay, derived from research into seven actual cases of child abduction, Megan is Missing explores the varied and creative ways that kids use technology, the myth of invincibility, the deadly anonymity of the internet, the power of manipulation and the horror of ordinary kids walking in the midst of extraordinary evil. It is an uncompromising view of the world children are in today, so harrowing in its realism, that it will truly make your blood run cold. Megan is Missing will leave an indelible, life-altering mark on its audience, if they are brave enough to see it through to the gut-wrenching finish.

35mm print provided courtesy of Trio Pictures.

Unrated
. Running time: 86 minutes.

To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here.

ABOUT THE GUESTS

Michael Goi (Director)


Michael Goi was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He is a graduate of Columbia College, with a special emphasis on filmmaking. At present, Michael is well known as a top cinematographer with over 50 DP credits to his name, including such television series as My Name is Earl (for which he received an Emmy nomination), The Wedding Bells and the pilot for Life on Mars. In features, Michael's work includes the films Witless Protection, The Dukes, Fingerprints and Funky Monkey. He has twice been nominated for the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Award for the telefilms The Fixer and Judas.

Michael is currently the President of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and serves on the Board of Governors. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and also sits on the National Executive Board of the International Cinematographers Guild.

Megan is Missing is Michael Goi's directorial debut, and he has two new original screenplays currently in development.

Rachel Quinn (Actor, "Megan Stewart")

Rachel Quinn, 18, grew up in Los Angeles and is a sophomore at USC, studying Theatre. She has done stage work for years, from drama camps and high school productions to leading roles at USC. She is primarily interested, however, in acting on-camera and has done a number of student projects. Megan is Missing is Rachel's first professional feature film and she is proud to be part of such an important movie.

Amber Perkins (Actor, "Amy Herman")

Amber Perkins was born on April 10, 1989, and was raised by a single mother in Panorama City, CA. Growing up with aspirations of becoming an actress, she began performing in school plays at the age of seven and started calling talent agents herself when she was ten. Years later in high school, when handed a flyer about auditions for an acting workshop outside of school, she embraced the opportunity and earned a spot in the class. It proved to be a smart choice. Amber landed her first agent about a year later.

Starting with background work on various television shows, movies and commercials, Amber eventually began auditioning for co-starring and principal roles. And then, the audition that would change everything . . . after several grueling callbacks, she won the role of Amy Herman and made her feature film debut as a leading actress in Megan is Missing.

Dean Waite (Actor, "Josh")

Born and raised in Australia, Dean Waite has been a part of the entertainment industry for most of his life. He started with a small theatre company at the age of eight, where he landed his first lead role. Since then, Dean has had many years of classical training as both an actor and a singer. He has performed at the Sydney Opera House, appeared twice on "New Faces," an Australian television talent search program, and spent 12 months in Osaka, Japan performing with an Australian entertainment troupe.

Dean moved to the U.S. and continued to study acting at A.I.D.A. in Los Angeles. His film credits include two lead roles: Josh in Megan is Missing and Douglas Hewitt in Damage Report. Other credits include two supporting film roles and six months in the sketch comedy group "Stand Up Sit Down" in Hollywood.

ABOUT THE SCA ALUMNI SCREENING SERIES

This June through August, 2009, the SCA Alumni Screening Series will host a wide array of film screenings and filmmaker Q&As, highlighting new blockbuster and independent American films, international and documentary features and recent work by our SCA Alumni. These screenings will be hosted in various SCA venues, including Norris Cinema Theatre, as well as SCA 108 and SCA 110. All screenings are free to the public but will require an electronic reservation, which can be made through the website for each individual screening. Many screenings will be overbooked to ensure that capacity is met in the theater. Some screenings will be run from digital sources.

To view the calendar for the Alumni Screening Series, click here.

ABOUT CHECK-IN & RESERVATIONS

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. The theater will be OVERBOOKED to ensure capacity and the RSVP list will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no reserved seating. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 7 P.M.

ABOUT PARKING

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along W. Jefferson Boulevard.
Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu
Phone: 213.740.2330