May 23, 2012, 7:00 P.M.

The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


The SCA Alumni Screening Series and IFC Midnight nvite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

The Pact

Written and Directed by Nicholas McCarthy
Produced by SCA Alumnus Ross M. Dinerstein
Line Produced by SCA Alumnus Jaime Burke
Shot by SCA Alumnus Bridger Nielson
Followed by a Q&A with Nicholas McCarthy,
Ross Dinerstein, Bridger Nielson and Caity Lotz
7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
The evening will also include a screening of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival short film, The Pact, by Nicholas McCarthy, Sound Designed by SCA Alumnus Kevin Roach
Official Selection: 2012 Sundance Film Festival

On Demand Starting Friday, May 25th, 2012

In Theaters on July 6th, 2012

About The Pact

After her mother passes away, Annie is persuaded to return home and pay final respects. Sleeping in her childhood bedroom, something ominous and unfamiliar in the house rattles the tough-as-nails heroine. Enlisting the aid of a local cop and a clairvoyant to investigate, Annie soon finds these mysterious disturbances only serve as a catalyst to bring forth long-repressed nightmares that reveal a disturbing secret about her family's history.

An official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, The Pact mixes genre elements to breathe new life into the classic haunted house genre. With an assured hand, director Nicholas McCarthy tactfully cranks up the tension and carefully peels away each twist to  build toward a blood-tingling finale.

Provided courtesy of IFC Midnight. Not rated. Running time: 89 minutes.

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


About the Guest


Writer and director Nicholas McCarthy's films have been shown at the Sundance Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, the CineVegas Film Festival, ScreamFest, the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, and many others. Nick has had the distinction of having three of his shorts play at Sundance: in 2005, 2009 and 2011. His short film “The Pact” was adapted into a feature film in 2011 and premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, one year from the premiere of his short.


Ross M. Dinerstein founded Preferred Content, a film, television and digital production, finance and distribution advisory company in November 2009.

Dinerstein recently produced THE DIVIDE directed by Xavier Gens (HITMAN) which starred Milo Ventimiglia, Lauren German, and Michael Biehn premiered at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival and sold to Anchor Bay for the highest acquisition price in the history of the festival. The film will be released theatrically in January 2012. Dinerstein recently executive produced THE DAY directed by Douglas Aarniokoski and starring Shawn Ashmore, Dominic Monaghan, and Ashley Bell that premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was acquired by WWE studios. The film will be released theatrically in mid-2012.

Dinerstein’s most recent film, THE PACT, will be premiering at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and stars newcomer Caity Lotz and Casper Van Dien. THE PACT is the feature adaptation of the director’s short film that premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  From 2004 to 2009, Dinerstein produced or executive produced and arranged production financing for nine films across a variety of genres that starred actors such as Forest Whitaker, Jessica Biel, Woody Harrelson, Ray Romano, Ray Liotta, Laurence Fishburne, Antonio Banderas, and Greg Kinnear including THE KILLING ROOM directed by Jonathan Liebesman and THE GRAND directed by Zak Penn.

Dinerstein began his career in 2001 working in the Acquisitions Department at Miramax Films, where he worked closely with Andrew Herwitz, Head of Acquisitions. In January 2002, he left Miramax with Mr. Herwitz to form The Film Sales Company, an independent film sales agency. Dinerstein left The Film Sales Company upon being accepted to USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program in 2003. Dinerstein has a Master’s Degree in Motion Picture Producing from the USC School of Cinema and Television’s Peter Stark Producing Program and an undergraduate degree in Economics and Film Studies from Vanderbilt University.

He was born and raised in Houston, TX and currently resides in Venice, CA with his wife Liz and baby girl Lucy Jane.

BRIDGER NIELSON (Director of Photography)

Bridger began his career in still photography, becoming one of the leading US sports photographers in the late 90’s. He garnered editorial and advertising clients such as Men's Journal, New York Magazine, Patagonia, and Oakley.  At 19, he was one of the youngest photographers ever to shoot a cover for Powder magazine.  

At the height of his career in photography, Bridger turned his attention to filmmaking, which led him to the USC School of Cinematic Arts.  After receiving his degree in film, he began shooting music videos and commercials with world-renowned directors for such clients as Apple, Wal-Mart, Sony, Adidas, Burger King, Gap, NFL Network, Reebok, ESPN NASCAR, American Express, and many others.

Bridger has shot multiple television pilots and four feature films, with Splinter winning rave reviews for the visual style and Bridger’s work specifically.

CAITY LOTZ (Actor, "Annie")

Caity is best known for her role as ‘Officer Kirsten Landry’ on MTV’s “Death Valley”. Caity currently stars in The Pact, which was a breakout film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and will be released in theaters July 6th. Caity also stars in Screen gems upcoming dance film Battle of The Year opposite Josh Holloway (Lost). Her indie film Live At The Foxes Den with Jackson Rathbone (Twilight) will be out this year as well.

On the small screen, Caity is often recognized for her recurring role as ‘Stephanie’ on AMC’s Mad Men.

A native of San Diego, California, Lotz excelled in the arts from a young age, exploring studio art, photography, dance, and drama, ultimately forming an irreplaceable love of performance art. Dancing from the age of seven, Lotz appeared as a dancer for Lady Gaga, toured with Avril Lavigne, and was a member of “Soccx,” a musical pop group with two top-selling singles in Germany. Showcasing her individuality through free-style and break dancing, Lotz has mesmerized audiences, raising the bar with her unique acquired skills – tricking and parkour. Tricking, a form of performance martial arts, and parkour, an expression of acrobatic moves like leaping from walls, ground rolls, and precision jumping, are becoming increasingly popular in the US, specifically in the entertainment industry. In recent years, tricking and parkour have received much wider publicity and popularity due to film & TV.

Caity currently resides 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