July 26, 2012, 7:00 P.M.

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


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

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Directed by SCA Alumnus Lee Toland Krieger
Written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack
Produced by Lee Nelson and
SCA Alumnae Jennifer Todd & Suzanne Todd
Followed by a Q&A with Lee Toland Krieger
and Jennifer Todd
7:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 26th, 2012
The Ray Stark Family Theatre
George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Official Selection: 2012 Sundance Film Festival

Opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, August 3rd, 2012

About Celeste and Jesse Forever

Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) met in high school, married young and are growing apart. Now thirty, Celeste is the driven owner of her own media consulting firm, Jesse is once again unemployed and in no particular rush to do anything with his life. Celeste is convinced that divorcing Jesse is the right thing to do -- she is on her way up, he is on his way nowhere, and if they do it now instead of later, they can remain supportive friends. Jesse passively accepts this transition into friendship, even though he is still in love with her. As the reality of their separation sets in, Celeste slowly and painfully realizes she has been cavalier about their relationship, and her decision, which once seemed mature and progressive, now seems impulsive and selfish. But her timing with Jesse is less than fortuitous. While navigating the turbulent changes in their lives and in their hearts, these two learn that in order to truly love someone, you may have to let them go.

Provided courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics. Rated R. Running time: 91 minutes.

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

Official Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/celesteandjesseforever


About the Guest


Lee Toland Krieger is a 2005 graduate of USC’s School of Cinema and Television. In 2006, Lee directed the one-hour TV drama The Wilton. The show sold to the CW Network after a bidding war.

In 2008, Lee directed The Vicious Kind, from his original screenplay. His mentor through college, Neil LaBute, served as Executive Producer on the film. The Vicious Kind had its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and went on to earn two Independent Spirit Award nominations, one for Best Actor (Adam Scott) and another for Best Screenplay. The film also garnered Lee the top honor of the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the 32nd Denver Film Festival, and won best actor for Adam Scott at numerous festivals, including the Strasbourg Film Festival.

Lee has also worked extensively in the commercial and music video space, directing videos for clients like Universal Music and Island Def Jam. In the fall of 2011, he wrote and directed a branded content film starring Andy Samberg for the world-wide launch of CanaryHop. He recently completed a campaign for Joseph Abboud, and prior to that, directed the newest campaign for AG Jeans (Adriano Goldschmied) to launch their global re-branding effort.

He currently resides in Los Angeles.


Jennifer Todd has produced over a dozen motion pictures and films for television, garnering both critical and commercial success. She has been honored with numerous awards including the Independent Spirit Award for Best Picture, Women in Film’s Lucy Award, the GLAAD Media Award, a People’s Choice Award, five Saturn Awards and several MTV Movie Awards. With an exceptional eye for intriguing stories and a passion for filmmaking, Jennifer has produced numerous hit movies throughout her career.

Most recently, Jennifer produce CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER, starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. She is also in post-production on THE TO-DO LIST, starring Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader and Rachel Bilson, which will be released in 2012 and is written and directed by Maggie Carey.

In 2010, Jennifer produced Tim Burton’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND, which grossed over $1 billion worldwide. The film, starring Johnny Depp, won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Costume Design, and won Best Fantasy Film at the 2011 Saturn Awards. As a producer of the film, Jennifer was nominated for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy at the 2011 Golden Globes.

In 2008, Jennifer was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for producing the highly acclaimed ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, a musical featuring the songs of the Beatles. Directed by Julie Taymor and starring Evan Rachel Wood, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE received an Oscar nomination in the Best Costume Design category and a Grammy nomination for Best Soundtrack album.

Jennifer and her sister, Suzanne, produced the unique and inventive independent film MEMENTO, which was both a box office and critical success. With a budget of only $4 million dollars, MEMENTO went on to gross over $25 million dollars domestically and over $39 million worldwide. MEMENTO won many awards including the 2002 Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature, the Saturn Award for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film, the Sierra Award for Best Picture, and was nominated for the AFI Movie of the Year. The film’s director, Christopher Nolan, won the AFI Screenwriter of the Year Award and was celebrated by MTV as 2002’s Best New Filmmaker. Nolan also won Best Screenplay and Best Director at the 2002 Independent Spirit Awards and was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the screenplay. Nolan’s script won best screenplay at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001.

Earlier in her career, Jennifer produced one of the most successful comedy franchises in history, the AUSTIN POWERS trilogy. Starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley, 1997’s AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATINOAL MAN OF MYSTERY grossed over $67 million worldwide and won the 1998 Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film as well as two 1998 MTV Movie Awards. The 1999 sequel AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME, this time starring Heather Graham and Myers, grossed an overwhelming $310 million worldwide and won numerous awards including a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, a MTV Award for Best Movie, a Grammy for Best Soundtrack Album and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Makeup. The final film in the franchise, 2002’s AUSTIN POWERS: GOLDMEMEBER, starring Beyonce Knowles along with Myers, grossed $289 million worldwide and won the 2003 Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Movie, the 2003 MTV Award for Best Comedic Performance and a 2003 BMI Film Music Award for composer George S. Clinton.

Jennifer’s other credits include the romantic comedies MUST LOVE DOGS starring John Cusack and Diane Lane for Warner Brothers, PRIME starring Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep for Universal Pictures, and the gritty Wall Street drama, BOILER ROOM, starring Giovanni Ribisi and Ben Affleck for New Line, which premiered at Sundance in 2001. That year, BOILER ROOM was nominated for Best Feature and Best First Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2007, Team Todd also released IRA AND ABBY, a charming romantic comedy starring Chris Messina and Jennifer Westfeldt, which won Best Comedy at the HBO Comedy Festival. For the small screen, Jennifer served as an executive producer on If These Walls Could Talk II starring Vanessa Redgrave, Chloe Sevigny, Sharon Stone and Ellen Degeneres. Jennifer was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, and received a nomination for the Television Producer of the Year Award in Longform by the Producers Guild of America. For her performance in the film, Vanessa Redgrave won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild Award.

Jennifer also produced THE ROMANTICS starring Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel and Anna Paquin which debuted at Sundance in 2010.

In 2010, Jennifer joined The Mark Gordon Company as the President of Film.

Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Jennifer attended USC Film School. After which, she worked at Silver Pictures and Miramax Films before producing her first feature film, NOW AND THEN, in 1995.

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