October 21, 2012, 6:00 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 Filmatics invite you and a guest to a special screening of

The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vincente Fernandez

Written & Directed by SCA Alumnus Elia Petridis
Produced by Darren Brandl and Dave O’Brien
Followed by a Q&A with Elia Petridis,
Darren Brandl and SCA Alumnus Dave O’Brien
6:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 21st, 2012
The Ray Stark Family Theatre
George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

World Premiere: Newport Beach International Film Festival 2012

About The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vincente Fernandez

With the whimsy and spirit of an American tall tale, THE MAN WHO SHOOK THE HAND OF VICENTE FERNANDEZ is the story of Rex Page, a retired radio DJ who has yearned for western movie stardom all his life. After suffering a back injury, Rex finds himself recovering at Rancho Park, a nursing home held in the villainous grip of the decrepit Mr. Walker and his evil henchman, Dr. Dominguez.

Rex's dream of greatness collides with the opportunity to become a true cowboy when he reveals that he once shook the hand of Mexican folk hero, and real life troubadour, Vicente Ferna?ndez. Hailed as an unlikely hero by the home's Latino staff, Rex must save Rancho Park and discover the love and respect most important to him is that of the family which has worshipped him all along.

An homage to the Spaghetti Westerns of yore, and starring one of the greatest icons of the West, the film's sincerity is rivaled only by its giant heart and grandiose spirit of the man at its center - THE MAN WHO SHOOK THE HAND OF VICENTE FERNANDEZ.

Provided courtesy of Filmatics. Not rated. Running time: 109 minutes.

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About the Guest

Elia Petridis / Writer & Director

With a BA in Critical Studies, an MFA in Film/Television Production from The USC School of Cinematic Arts, Petridis started his career interning at United Artists and as a USC editing instructor. He soon transitioned into the International marketplace, acquiring Theatrical, TV, Video and New Media content as the Director Of Acquisitions for Middle Eastern distributor Prime Pictures.

His thesis film, HOW HENRI CAME TO STAY, won the Audience Award at the Beijing International Film Festival and aired on the Fine Cut Film Festival. In the music video world, Elia's efforts for hit European artist Jesca Hoop, including THE KINGDOM, CITY BIRD and HOSPITAL are major online successes in addition to the television play they garner the UK.

Petridis is represented by GOTHAM GROUP MANAGEMENT and continues his work as a writer and director with his sights on a book adaptation as his next feature project.

Dave O’Brien / Producer

Award-winning film, television and web creative Dave O'Brien has produced over eighty short films, music videos and documentaries for clients including MTV, Logo TV, Current TV, Rogue Pictures, Sony/BMG, Focus Features, LA Gay & Lesbian Center and AIDS Healthcare Foundation, including IN THE MOMENT, a popular, innovative HIV Prevention-geared web series.

O’Brien directed the feature documentary EQUALITY U that received the Outstanding Emerging Talent award at Outfest 2008. The film won several Best Documentary and Best Feature awards and continues to air on Logo TV after its successful DVD launch in 2011. He is an alum of the School of Cinematic Arts where he currently teaches in the production track.

Darren Brandl / Producer

Brandl grew up the child of parents who owned a video store in a small Nebraska town. Falling in love with movies from a young age, Brandl moved to Los Angeles at the age of nineteen where he got his start co-leading a highly respected acquisitions team at The Hirsch Company for four years. As their Vice President he consulted on their client’s acquisitions of hundreds of feature films (including CRASH, TWILIGHT, DISTRICT 9) at festivals in Toronto, Berlin, and Cannes.

After which, Brandl entered development briefly as the DOD at Silver Lion Films (MAN ON FIRE) until exiting in 2010 to produce THE MAN WHO SHOOK THE HAND OF VICENTE FERNANDEZ staring Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine.

Upon the completion of “FERNANDEZ” in 2012, he started his second feature as producer, a physiological horror thriller entitled NIGHTLIGHT with co-producers Michael London and Norton Herrick that is currently in post-production. Brandl continues ushering unique feature film projects from concept to screen as an independent film producer 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 5:30 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 $10.00 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