October 29, 2012, 7:30 P.M.

Pacific's The Grove Stadium 14, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036


The SCA Alumni Screening Series, Indomina Releasing, and The Grove invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of


Directed by SCA Alumnus Sheldon Candis
Written by Sheldon Candis
and SCA Alumnus Justin Wilson
Produced by SCA Alumni Jason Michael Berman, W. Michael Jenson & Joel Newton, and Gordon Bijelonic, Common, Derek Dudley, James Rosenthal, and Datari Turner
Shot by SCA Alumnus Gavin Kelly
Score Composed by SCA Alumnus Nuno Malo
Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers
7:30 P.M. on Monday, October 29th, 2012
Pacific's The Grove Stadium 14
189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036
This screening is free of charge and open exclusively to USC Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni (plus their guests). NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Official Selection, 2012 Sundance Film Festival

Nominated for the Humanitas Award in Screenwriting

Breakthrough Performance Award for Michael Rainey Jr., Dallas International Film Fest

About LUV

An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the ex-convict uncle he idolizes in LUV, a poignant and gritty coming-of-age story featuring standout performances by Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Charles S. Dutton and newcomer Michael Rainey Jr.

With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson (Michael Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (Lonette McKee) in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has recently returned home after eight years in prison determined to straighten out his life by opening a high-end crab shack that will establish him as a solid citizen with a legitimate future.

One day, instead of dropping Woody off at school, Vincent decides to give the boy a tutorial on how a man gets things done. After a trip to a tailor to get Woody a custom-fitted suit, the pair heads to the bank to sign off on the loan Vincent needs to fulfill his dreams. But when his meeting with the bank officer puts the brakes on his plans, Vincent has no one to turn to for help but his former associates, including Baltimore crime boss Mr. Fish (Dennis Haysbert) and his brother Arthur (Danny Glover). A day that begins with a parking- lot driving lesson and Woody’s first oyster takes a desperate turn when Fish insists Vincent run one more drug deal to demonstrate his loyalty. Soon Vincent finds himself pulled back into the violent world he is trying to escape—and Woody has to decide whether to follow his hero…or become his own man.

Provided courtesy of Indomina Releasing. Rated R. Running time: 94 minutes.

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About the Guests

SHELDON CANDIS (Director, Co-Writer) is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His short film The Walk tells the inspiring story of a wheelchair-bound septuagenarian who builds a mechanical leg in an attempt to walk again. Candis’ short documentary, The Dwelling, chronicles the lives of two homeless Tokyo residents. Additionally, he has created viral web content for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rock the Vote and the internationally-known street artist Banksy.

JUSTIN WILSON (Co-Writer) is a Virginia native and award-winning screenwriter with a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.F.A. from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Wilson was entertainment editor of the Cavalier Daily student newspaper during his time at UVA, winning an AP college journalism award for excellence in lifestyle reporting. He later worked as an English teacher in Japan and Spain, traveling the globe during a period of wanderlust. While attending USC, he won the Edward Small Screenwriting Scholarship and his short script The Birthmark was produced as a Peter Stark Special Project.

Sharing many interests, including movies and sports, Wilson and Sheldon Candis teamed up as writing partners in 2004. Together, they have written the comedy Sports Dad and the biographical drama Golden Boy, based on the life of track legend Jesse Owens. In 2010, they created the short film The Walk as part of Film Independent’s Project: Involve. Through their Cinephile Academy production company, Candis and Wilson are also developing numerous film and television projects.

In addition to his writing endeavors, Wilson also works as the senior director for alumni relations at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

JASON MICHAEL BERMAN (Producer) has produced numerous feature films that have premiered at some of the world’s most prestigious films festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, Berlinale, the Tribeca Film Festival and Edinburgh. He has produced six independently financed films in the last two years alone, earning him coveted spots on both Variety’s 2011 Producers to Watch and Deadline Hollywood’s 2012 Top Ten Producers to Watch for his ability to bring his projects in on budget and distribution-ready.

In 2009, Berman co-produced his first feature film, The Dry Land, written and directed by Ryan Piers Williams and starring 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 the Edinburgh International Film Festival in Scotland. Berman also was part of the producing team on the independent film JESS+MOSS, directed by Clay Jeter, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance film festival and the Berlinale in Berlin, Germany. JESS+MOSS went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival and was released in early 2012.

Additional credits include the inspirational drama, Seven Days In Utopia, directed by Matthew Dean Russell and starring Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, Melissa Leo, Deborah Ann Woll, Brian Geraghty and Kathy Baker, which was released in September 2011; Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best, written, directed and starring Ryan O’Nan, which premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival; and Struck By Lightning, directed by Brian Dannelly, written by Chris Colfer and starring Colfer, Allison Janney, Christina Hendricks and Dermot Mulroney. The film premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best and Struck By Lightning are both slated for theatrical release dates in fall 2012.

Berman recently wrapped production on two films. The first, Kilimanjaro, is written and directed by Walter Strafford and stars Brian Geraghty and Abigail Spencer. Shot on location in New York City, the film is expected to be on the film festival circuit in early 2013. The second film, Chu & Blossom, reunites Berman with Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best filmmaker Ryan O’Nan. The project, written by O'Nan and Charles Chu, and directed by Gavin Kelly and Chu, stars O'Nan, Chu, Mercedes Ruehl and Caitlin Stasey with Melanie Lynskey, Alan Cumming, Annie Potts, Chris Marquette, and Richard Kind in supporting roles. The film was shot in Tampa, Florida.

Berman began his career in the agent training program at the William Morris Agency. His understanding of the entertainment business was further honed under the Chief Operating Officer at MGM Studios and at writer-director Gary Ross’ Larger than Life Productions, where he 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 is a member of the Producers Guild of America. He is originally from Baltimore, Maryland.

MICHAEL JENSON (Producer) was recently a member of the producing team on Seven Days in Utopia,an inspirational drama starring Academy Award winners Robert Duvall and Melissa Leo, as well as American Addict, a Food Inc.-style documentary about the prescription drug industry.

Before focusing solely on producing, Jenson was a studio executive at Legendary Pictures, a film finance and production company based at Warner Bros. At Legendary, he worked on the development, marketing and execution of films like The Dark Knight, The Hangover, Inception and The Town.

Jenson also created, wrote and produced digital content and iPhone/iPad games for blockbuster films such as Clash of the Titans. He had unique opportunities to design and create digital media campaigns and video games with top directors such as Zack Snyder and Guillermo del Toro. Jenson also helped to launch a start-up video game developer called Happynin Games. The company has released two iPhone/iPad game in 47 countries.

Partnering with USC classmate Jason Michael Berman, Jenson founded a production company that operates in association with the USC Cinema School. It was the first production company specifically built to develop independent films with USC film school talent. In the course of two years, Jenson and Berman secured financing, developed 15 projects and organized an advisory board consisting of Bill Mechanic, Laura Ziskin and Josh Schwartz.

Jenson cultivated a strong passion in the non-profit arena by volunteering in South America for two years. During his time in Southern Chile, he engaged in community service and various other forms of local outreach. Soon after returning to the U.S., he helped to organize a humanitarian trip to Peru and Bolivia to bring medical supplies and food to struggling communities.

Currently, Jenson is a member of the leadership council for one of Los Angeles’ most established education organizations, The Fulfillment Fund. Headed by Tom Sherak, former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Fulfillment Fund works closely with dozens of Los Angeles public schools to instruct its students on the possibilities of secondary education and is currently funding scholarships for hundreds of underprivileged students.

Jenson is a graduate of the film production program at USC. He is currently pursuing an M.B.A. at USC’s Marshall School of Business.

JOEL NEWTON (Producer) launched Zhi Media, an entertainment production and consulting business, in 2011. In 2009, Newton was a co-producer on the acclaimed indie The Kids Are All Right.

In 2000 Newton graduated from USC’s School of Cinema-Television, as it was then known, and worked in development for several production companies. In 2004 he co-founded Artist International, a literary management and production company. 

He lives in San Marino, California, with his wife Cathy. They are the co-creators of five-year-old Caleb, two-year-old Ava and newborn Joshua.

GAVIN KELLY (Director of Photography) is an A.S.C.-honored, Emmy-winning cinematographer who has shot a wide spectrum of projects around the world including narrative features, documentaries, commercials, music videos and TV work. His extensive background in the visual arts has helped him become a bold, distinctive and dynamic filmmaker. Most recently, he lensed Sugar, starring Shenae Grimes and Marshall Allman.

Kelly shot the Oscar-winning film West Bank Story,a musical-comedy take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and has won numerous international festival awards. His recent credits include The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best,starring Ryan O’Nan, Michael Weston and Arielle Kebbel, which premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Kelly was also the D.P. on The Dry Land, starring America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama, Melissa Leo and Jason Ritter. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

While completing undergraduate studies in visual arts at the University of California, San Diego, Kelly won two Student Emmys. He went on to receive an M.F.A. in film production at the USC School of Cinema-Television in 2004. The following year, Kelly received the prestigious A.S.C. Heritage Award for Outstanding Cinematography.

Other film credits include Frenemy,starring Zach Galifianakis and Matthew Modine; Play the Game,starring Andy Griffith and Doris Roberts; Where the Road Meets the Sun,starring Eric Mabius, Elsa Pataky and Will Yun Lee; and Wake, starring Bijou Phillips and Danny Masterson.

Kelly is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild.

NUNO MALO (Composer) is Portugal’s most respected (and probably busiest) film composer. Three of the 15 feature films he has scored became the No. 1 movie of the year when released in Portugal, including Amalia (2010),which earned him “Breakout Composer of the Year” as named by the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA).

Malo also composed the music for The Celestine Prophesy,based on the No. 1 bestseller by James Redfield; Filme Da Trenta, No. 2 all time at the box office in Portugal; and No God, No Master, directed by Terry Green and starring David Strathairn.

Malo is a unique composer who seamlessly blends elements from classical, modern and ethnic music. His command of both old and new techniques of film scoring allows him to imbue emotive sound into each of his film scores.

The composer lives in Los Angeles with his wife Ivana, a gifted pianist.

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 exclusively to USC Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni (plus their guests). NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Please bring a photo 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 7:00 P.M.

The screening will be slightly overbooked to ensure capacity and there will be no guaranteed seating the theater. You must arrive early to ensure a good spot in the check-in line. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will stop admitting guests, regardless of RSVP list status.

Check-in will take place in the lobby of the theater.


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