December 4, 2011, 1:00 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


The SCA Alumni Screening Series and little plow films invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Make a Movie Like Spike

Written and Directed by Jamil Walker Smith
Produced by SCA Alumna Brittany Ballard

Followed by a Q&A with Jamil Walker Smith
and Brittany Ballard

1:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 4th, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre
George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


About Make a Movie Like Spike

Make a Movie Like Spike centers around Luis, a young man who is rejected from USC's School of Cinematic Arts and decides to attend LA City College instead. Circumstances that seem to overwhelm his passage into manhood and his development as an artist force him to drop out of LACC and join the Marine Corp with his best friend Ronald. Armed with dreams that extend beyond their block, Luis and Ronald make a movie doc­u­ment­ing their last 36 hours before ship­ping off to Afghanistan. In their dark­est hour, they turn on the video cam­era for the last time and doc­u­ment the final moments of their jour­ney home. They soon real­ize that their dreams and promises of a new life mean noth­ing in a place called War.

Provided courtesy of little plow films. Not rated. Running time: 82 minutes.

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

Santa Barbara International Film Festival - Narrative Competition
Reelworld Film Festival - Narrative Competition
Cinequest Film Festival - Narrative Competition - Winner: Best Director and New Visions Award
Edinburgh International Film Festival  - Narrative Competition
Langston Hughes African American Film Festival - Narrative Competition
Veterans for Peace and Iraqi Veterans Against the War National Convention - Spotlight Film
Napa Valley International Film Festival - Jamil Walker Smith and Brittany Ballard participated in the NVFF Artists in Residence Program
Merced Community College - Students For Social Justice Screening
Costa Rica Film Festival - Narrative Competition
Modern Film Festival - Narrative Competition
Ruby Mountain Film Festival - Narrative Competition
Ventura Film Festival - Narrative Competition
Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET (NYC) - Narrative Competition - Winner: Jamil Walker Smith, Best Director
Roxbury International Film Festival - Narrative Competition
Reelblack Screening Series - Opening Night Film


About the Guests

JAMIL WALKER SMITH (Director, Writer, Actor)

Jamil Smith has been a work­ing actor since the age of thir­teen. Jamil directed and produced the short film THE SON in 2007, which screened at Urbanworld Film Fes­ti­val, where he met his partner in little plow films, Brittany Ballard. In 2008 Jamil won Best Actor for the role of Shucky in the acclaimed short film, IN THE WIND, at the Big Easy New Orleans Film Festival. He is currently a series regular on the SyFy show Stargate Universe.

BRITTANY BALLAD (Producer, SCA Alumna)

Brittany Ballard is the Manager of FILM FORWARD at Sundance Institute. She is also serving her sixth year as Producer and Director of Programming for Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET (NYC). Before forming her production company, little plow films, with partner Jamil Walker Smith, Brittany was Head of Acquisitions at Newmarket Films and Programmer at Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Brittany produced the indie fea­ture MAKE A MOVIE LIKE SPIKE, currently traveling the festival circuit (including Santa Barbara and Edinburgh International Film Fests) and most recently won the New Visions Award at Cinequest Film Festival. Brittany and Jamil co-wrote and will co-direct the screen adaptation of Ayelet Waldman’s acclaimed novel, Daughter’s Keeper, for which they hold the film/TV option.

About the SCA Alumni Screening Series

The School of Cinematic Arts invites you to an exciting free screening series featuring a dynamic selection of new feature films by SCA alumni and faculty throughout the Fall 2011 semester. 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. 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 SCA Alumni Screening Series, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the general public. 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 12:30 P.M.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 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. Free street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago