February 17, 2012, 7:00 P.M.

The Albert & Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


The SCA Alumni Screening Series and Magnolia Pictures invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Directed by SCA Alumnus David Gelb
Produced by David Gelb, Kevin Iwashina
and Tom Pellegrini
Followed by a Q&A with David Gelb and Editor/SCA Alumnus Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer
7:00 P.M. on Friday, February 17th, 2012

The Albert & Dana Broccoli Theatre

George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Official Selection: 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Opens at Landmark's Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles on Friday, March 16th

About Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.

For most of his life, Jiro has been mastering the art of making sushi, but even at his age he sees himself still striving for perfection, working from sunrise to well beyond sunset to taste every piece of fish; meticulously train his employees; and carefully mold and finesse the impeccable presentation of each sushi creation.  At the heart of this story is Jiro’s relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro’s legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father’s shadow.

The feature film debut of director David Gelb, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and a loving yet complicated father.

Provided courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Not rated. Running time: 81 minutes. In Japanese, with English subtitles.

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


About the Guests

DAVID GELB (Director / Producer)

Originally from New York City, David Gelb currently works and lives in Los Angeles.  After graduating from USC's film production program, David has worked on various music videos, short films, and documentaries. Most notably, he directed “A Vision of Blindness,” an extensive behind the scenes look at Fernando Meirelles’ film Blindness, which enjoyed a run on the Sundance Channel. David has been a sushi aficionado since his childhood. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is his first full-length feature film.


Surrounded by the sound and vision of the digital here-and-now, BDL honed his craft in motion picture film and video frame-by-frame, as both an editor and visual effects virtuoso. Such exquisite attention to detail naturally informs and continues to lead his work as an emerging force, directing and editing countless cutting-edge contemporary music videos, national commercials and feature films. BDL was raised in the San Francisco Bay area of California, later relocating to Los Angeles, where he graduated from the University of California’s renowned School of Cinematic Arts. At USC, he met and began editing music videos for MVPA Director of the Year-nominee Ace Norton and several others. He soon began working with musical artist management and major music labels, such as Universal Music Group, David Geffen Records and Atlantic Records.
BDL’s work as a director and editor can be seen in the music videos of the Grammy Award-winning rapper PHARRELL; the alternative rock band THE TEDDYBEARS; THE WILLOWZ; the chart-topping Grammy Award-nominees, ALL- AMERICAN REJECTS; DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE; and THE SOUNDS, amongst many others. He has done work on national commercial spots for such international brands as Coca-Cola. BDL has also worked on public service announcements and other short form films, such as VOTING AND YOU, starring Christopher Mintz-Plasse (‘McLovin’ of Columbia Pictures’ comedy hit SUPERBAD).  Brandon recently edited JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, a documentary that follows a world-renowned sushi chef on his relentless pursuit of perfection.  

Brandon also edited the highly controversial national NBC news special series, THE WANTED, which covered an elite intelligence, warfare and investigative journalism team who sought to bring accused terrorists to justice. Brandon is currently writing a surrealist, dark comic, science fiction feature-length screenplay set in the near future, which is his third script. Brandon currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

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 Spring 2012 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 public. Please bring a valid 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 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


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. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

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