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September 13, 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


Cinematheque108, SCA Alumni Screening Series and Oscilloscope Laboratories invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best

Written & Directed by Ryan O'Nan
Produced by SCA Alumnus Jason Michael Berman and Kwesi Collisson
Followed by a Q&A with Ryan O'Nan, Michael Weston and Jason Michael Berman
7:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 13th, 2012
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

World Premiere - 2012 Toronto Film Festival

Opens at Sundance Sunset in West Hollywood on Friday, September 28th

About Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best

Recently dumped by his girlfriend, underachiever Alex (Ryan O’Nan) embarks on an impromptu road trip with his new bandmate, the eccentric Jim (Michael Weston). By channeling their inner children and giving a new meaning to the term “lo-fi,” Alex and Jim find their unique style by bringing the sound of children’s instruments to their unsuspecting fans. Playing a series of bizarre shows and experiencing multiple near-disasters, Alex and Jim’s persistence takes them on a true coming-of-age journey – one that may be their last shot at achieving their childhood dreams.

Provided courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories. Not rated. Running time: 97 minutes.

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

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About the Guests

RYAN O’NAN - Writer / Director / “Alex”

Ryan O'Nan is an award-winning actor, screenwriter and playwright with a diverse array of credits.  

As an actor, O’Nan recently finished filming a lead role in the 2012 release FREELANCERS, opposite Robert De Niro, Forest Whitaker, Dana Delaney and 50 Cent, and 513, opposite Taryn Manning, Tom Sizemore and Michael Madsen. Other notable film credits include the lead role in THE DRY LAND (Official Sundance Film Festival 2010 Selection) starring America Ferrera, Melissa Leo, Jason Ritter and Wilmer Valdarrama, YOU’VE GOT MALE, which won him the award for Best Actor at the Asian American Film Festival, as well as EAT PRAY LOVE, starring Julia Roberts and  WATCHING TV WITH THE RED CHINESE, based on the critically acclaimed novel, starring Gillian Jacobs and Leo Nam.  His television work includes ABC’s THE UNUSUALS opposite Jeremy Renner, Adam Goldberg and Amber Tamblyn.

O’Nan spent the last year as a writer on the MTV hit series SKINS, based off the award-winning UK series. His feature screenplay CHU AND BLOSSOM took the Grand Prize for Best Feature at The Expo Screenwriting Conference. His comedic play ANIMALS, which premiered at the 2007 International New York Fringe Festival, has been produced on both coasts, and his latest play UNDER A FULL PINK MOON: CHRONICLES OF A GAY WEREWOLF, has received a public reading at The Atlantic Theater Company in New York.  Other produced works written by O’Nan include: I LOVE YOU MORE THAN BRAINS: A ZOMBIE MUSICAL (book/lyrics/music) at the George Street Playhouse, and 1984 AND THE LITTLE PRINCE at the 2011 Humana Festival.

In addition to writing and directing theater, O’Nan has appeared on stage in New York, where he starred as Konstantin in Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL, alongside Dianne Wiest, Alan Cumming, Annette O’Toole and Kelli Garner. During his theater studies, he received Best Lead Performance for Peter Shaffer’s EQUUS, Best Director for The APOLLO OF BELAC, and The Betty Joe Tucker Award for Excellence in Performance.

Born and raised in San Diego, California, O’Nan now resides in New York.  He received a BFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, which he attended after studying at The Mesa College Theater Company in San Diego.

BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST is his feature film directorial debut.


Michael Weston garnered much recognition for his pivotal role as “Jake” in HBO’s acclaimed series, SIX FEET UNDER and also for his recurring role on the Fox's HOUSE, opposite Hugh Laurie. Among his several ?lm credits are THE LAST KISS, in which he starred opposite Zach Braff, STATE OF PLAY for director Kevin McDonald, GARDEN STATE directed by Zach Braff, DUKES OF HAZZARD and HART’S WAR. He recently completed production on LOVE, WEDDING, MARRIAGE directed by Dermot Mulroney, BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST directed by Ryan O’ Nan, RIGHT ANGLE directed by Michael Uppendahl and LIBERAL ARTS directed by Josh Radnor.  He is currently in production on the independent feature, GUS for director Jessic McCormack and starring Radha Mitchell and Michelle Monaghan.

Weston’s other television credits include THE GOOD GUYS, PSYCH, BURN NOTICE, SAVED, and recurring roles on the hit shows SCRUBS and LAW AND ORDER: SVU.

Weston's theatre credits include theater credits include EXTINCTION (off-broadway), SNAKEBIT (off-broadway), THE GRAPES OF WRATH (LA Theatre Works), Kenny Lonnergan’s THE WAVERLY GALLERY (Pasadena Playhouse),  and several plays at the Williamstown theater festival.  

Born and raised in New York City, Weston is a graduate of Northwestern University.


Since beginning his career in producing, Jason Michael Berman has produced numerous feature films that have debuted at premiere film festivals around the globe, including Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, Berlinale and Edinburgh.  

In 2009, Berman co-produced his first feature film THE DRY LAND, which starred America Ferrera, Melissa Leo, Wilmer Valderrama, Jason Ritter and Ryan O’Nan. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in the US Dramatic Competition and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival and at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in Scotland.   Berman also was part of the producing team on the independent film JESS+MOSS, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance film festival and the Berlinale in Berlin, Germany. JESS+MOSS then went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival and will be released in first quarter 2012.

Additional credits include the upcoming inspirational drama, SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA, starring Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, Melissa Leo, Deborah Ann Woll, Brian Geraghty and Kathy Baker, which is scheduled for release September 2, 2011, and two projects that shot in Maryland over the last year, including LEARNING UNCLE VINCENT starring Common, Meagan Good, Dennis Haysbert, Charles Dutton and Danny Glover and BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST, written, directed and starring Ryan O’Nan.

Berman most recently wrapped production on STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, which stars Chris Colfer, Allison Janney and Dermot Mulroney.

Prior to producing, Berman started his career in the agent training program at the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills, CA. His understanding of the entertainment business was further honed under the Chief Operating Officer at MGM Studios, where Jason witnessed the rebirth of the United Artists label and gained a wealth of knowledge about legal, business affairs, management, distribution, acquisitions and the marketing departments of a major motion picture studio. Berman also worked for writer/director Gary Ross at Larger than Life Productions and assisted Ross with the animated feature film, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX.

Berman is a 2006 graduate of the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts, and will attend Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California this Fall. Berman is originally from Baltimore, Maryland.

About Cinematheque108

Cinematheque108 is an alternative screening series sponsored by the Critical Studies Department at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The series offers a rare selection of events that highlight noteworthy experimental, documentary, and/or foreign films, many of which can not be seen anywhere else. Cinematheque108 is an educational forum that aims to expand understanding of alternative film and media. All screenings are free of charge and open to the pubic.

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

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