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March 28, 2012, 9:00 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 School of Cinematic Arts and Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative invite you and a guest to a special screening in anticipation of the upcoming film festival, A Tribute to Dino De Laurentiis:

Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Written and Directed by Stephen King
Based on his short story "Trucks"
Produced by Martha De Laurentiis
Executive Produced by Dino De Laurentiis
Introduced by David Lerner, SCA Critical Studies PhD Candidate

9:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

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

‘4 STARS: Joyous, thrilling, informative and accessible’ EMPIRE
‘4 STARS: some of the world’s best musicians giving flawless renditions of Haydn’s works’ LONDON WEST END EXTRA
‘4 STARS: Quietly inspiring’ THE TIMES
‘4 STARS: Following his excellent films on Mozart and Beethoven, the British documentarist Phil Grabsky completes an admirable trilogy with this riveting study of Haydn’.  THE OBSERVER
‘4 STARS: bracing, refreshing; simply very good indeed’ THE GUARDIAN
‘4 STARS: the film rescues Haydn from any neglect he may previously have suffered’  THE SUNDAY TIMES

About Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Based on the short story "Trucks" from the Night Shift collection. After a rogue comet which hides the presence of a UFO passes by, trucks and other machines come alive and begin killing people. The story takes place at the Dixie Boy truck stop where honeymooners, Connie (Yeardley Smith) and Curt (John Short) and several other travelers have gone to try to escape the carnage. Short-order cook, Bill Robinson (Emilio Estevez), and the other diners soon find themselves trapped. The restaurant owner, Bubba Hendershot (Pat Hingle) convinces Robinson to try to lead the group against the killing machines. King, who directed the film, also plays a cameo as a man attempting to use an ATM.

Provided courtesy of the Dino De Laurentiis Company. Rated R. Running time: 97 minutes.

To learn more about the film from Stephen King's Official Website, click here.


About A Tribute to Dino De Laurentiis

Hollywood icon and international legend Dino De Laurentiis was one of the most prolific and respected producers in film history when he passed away in 2010 at the age of 91. From his early neorealist masterpieces, Bitter Rice and Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria and La Strada, for which he received an Academy Award, to big-budget spectaculars like Barbarella, King Kong, Dune and Conan the Barbarian, to his recent reinvention of the Hannibal Lecter franchise, De Laurentiis’s career spanned 73 years in the film industry. With the support and guidance of the De Laurentiis family, the School of Cinematic Arts will pay homage to the exceptional variety and longevity that marked his career with screenings of his films and a panel discussion featuring his friends, family and colleagues.

The festival will take place from Friday, March 30th - Sunday, April 1st, 2012 in Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall.

To view the calendar of screenings, visit

About David Lerner

David Lerner is a doctoral candidate in Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. His dissertation explores the development and demise of the American exploitation film industry from 1960 to 1980, with particular emphasis on the cultural and legal negotiations enacted to justify provocative representations. He recently published a chapter in the anthology CINEMA INFERNO (2010), and has an article forthcoming in QUARTERLY REVIEW OF FILM AND VIDEO.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC 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 8:50 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

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