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TWIN PEAKS Series Retrospective: Pilot & Episodes 1.2, 1.3

January 27, 2013, 4:00 P.M.

Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts and Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative invite all USC Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni to attend

Twin Peaks Series Retrospective:
Pilot & Episodes 1.2, 1.3

4:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 27th, 2013
Followed by a Q&A with Mark Frost, Duwayne Dunham, Ron Garcia, and Grace Zabriskie
Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
There will be a 30 minute intermission between the Pilot and Episodes 1.2 & 1.3, during which coffee and pie will be served in Queens Courtyard.
The Q&A will directly follow the screenings of Episodes 1.2 & 1.3.

About the Episodes

Twin Peaks from Sean Fuqua on Vimeo.

Pilot: Northwest Passage

Laura Palmer's body is discovered, wrapped in plastic; Ronette Pulaski wanders out of the woods; FBI Agent Dale Cooper arrives in Twin Peaks to investigate and finds an unusual clue on Laura's body; Audrey Horne disrupts her father's negotiations with some Norwegian businessmen; Cooper and Sheriff Truman discover the grisly murder site in the woods, and warn the town that the killer may be from their community; tempers flare at the Roadhouse.

Directed by David Lynch. Written by Mark Frost and David Lynch.
Running time: 94 minutes.


Episode 1.2: Traces to Nowhere

FBI Agent Dale Cooper and Sheriff Harry Truman discover more about the troubled secret life of the murdered Laura Palmer; Big Ed Hurley reveals that he was drugged at the Roadhouse; a frightened James Hurley, vengeful Bobby Briggs and Mike Nelson are released from jail; Catherine Martell lays bare her plot to take control of the Packard sawmill.

Directed by Duwayne Dunham. Written by Mark Frost and David Lynch.
Running time: 46 minutes.


Episode 1.3: Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer

FBI Agent Dale Cooper demonstrates an unusual deductive technique for the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department; Benjamin Horne and his brother, Jerry, take a trip to One-Eyed Jacks; Donna Hayward and James Hurley pledge their love; Leo Johnson holds Bobby Briggs at gunpoint; Cooper has a strange dream.

Directed by David Lynch. Written by David Lynch and Mark Frost.
Running time: 47 minutes.


About the Guests

MARK FROST (Co-Creator, Writer, Director, Executive Producer)

Born in Brooklyn, raised in Los Angeles, Mark Frost began writing at 10, and writing professionally at 15. When his family moved to Minneapolis he worked and studied at the Guthrie Theater during high school, then studied acting, directing, and playwriting at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

After college he moved back to Los Angeles and began his career in television, writing episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man. From 1982 to 1985, he joined the writing staff of the acclaimed NBC drama Hill Street Blues, earning an Emmy nomination and a Writers Guild award. Frost began collaborating with director David Lynch in 1986, working on three film projects before they formed Lynch-Frost Productions and created the legendary television series Twin Peaks in 1989. Serving as co-executive producers, Frost and Lynch won a Golden Globe, a Peabody Award, and the show earned 17 Emmy nominations before it was abruptly canceled by ABC at the end of its second season. Frost also co-created and co-produced the sitcom On the Air with Lynch in 1992, and served as executive producer on the feature film prequel to Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, as well as an award-winning documentary about Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time. That same year he co-wrote and directed his feature film debut, Storyville, starring James Spader.

Frost began his publishing career in 1993, with the national and international best selling novel The List of Seven and a sequel, The Six Messiahs, followed in 1995. He published a third novel, the thriller Before I Wake, under the pseudonym Eric Bowman, in 1997. His fourth book, and first non-fiction work, The Greatest Game Ever Played, was published in 2002. A comprehensive examination of the birth of golf in America, Greatest Game became a national bestseller and was recently named by the Wall St. Journal as one the 10 greatest sports books of all time. Frost also wrote and produced the acclaimed feature film version of Greatest Game for Disney in 2006. During that time he also co-wrote the two Fantastic Four films for Fox and Marvel, which together have grossed over 800 million dollars internationally.

Frost’s trilogy about the history of golf in America continued in 2006 with the publication of The Grand Slam, the story of Bobby Jones. His third book in the series, The Match, about a classic private match played at Cypress Point Club in 1956, became a New York Times bestseller in 2007, and has gone on to become one of the bestselling golf books of all times. In 2009, Frost published Game Six, a critically acclaimed account of the classic 1975 World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Boston Red Sox.

While continuing to work on feature film projects - including an adaptation of Agatha Christie's famed Miss Marple character for a Disney feature franchise - in the fall of 2012 Frost will launch his ninth book, a novel titled The Paladin Prophecy – the first of a fantasy sci-fi trilogy for the young adult audience – for Random House in both the US, UK and many other countries around the world.

Personal trivia: Frost’s father Warren played Doc Hayward on Twin Peaks, and later appeared frequently with Twin Peaks co-star Grace Zabriskie as the prospective in-laws of George Costanza (Jason Alexander) on Seinfeld.

DUWAYNE DUNHAM (Director: Episodes 1.2, 2.11 & 2.18; Editor: Pilot & 2.1)

Duwayne Dunham graduated from the San Francisco State University Film Program, where he studied editing and directing. Upon graduation, his first project was apprentice editor on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, directed by Milos Foreman. He then worked as an assistant to George Lucas for seven years and as an editor on Return of the Jedi.

After completion of that project, he went to work with director David Lynch editing Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart. While editing the latter film, Lynch gave Duwayne the opportunity to direct three episodes of his highly innovative television series Twin Peaks. Duwayne received an Emmy Award for outstanding editing on the pilot episode of that show.

Duwayne directed his first feature film, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, for Walt Disney pictures. He then went on to direct Little Giants for Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. In January of 2005, Duwayne received a Director’s Guild Of America Award Nomination for his work on Tiger Cruise. He has also directed a variety of Movies for Television, as well as Episodic Television and CGI Animation.

A native of California, Duwayne lives in Los Angeles, with his wife, Jan, and their two children, Todd and Hailey.

RON GARCIA (Director of Photography: Pilot & Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me)

Ron Garcia, ASC was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He Studied fine arts Painting at Los Angeles Art Center College of Design. Before switching over to the motion picture industry. Ron came from the California aerospace industry working on the Apollo command module, the Polaris submarine and the Saturn Stage II rocket as an Electro-Mechanical packaging designer. Ron decided to try the Motion Picture Industry and became an editor, art director and producer/director of low budget feature films so he could study the art of film making and became a Director of Photography.

His feature credits as director of photography include THE GREAT WHITE HYPE, TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME and STORYVILLE. His numerous television credits include the Michael Mann series CRIME STORY, Paul Haggis’s EZ STREETS, John Masius PROVIDENCE, Amy Palidino’s GILMORE GIRLS, Peter Lenkov’s 2010-Hawaii Five O and now shooting Janet Tamaro’s RIZZOLI & ISLES for TNT. Also included is his successful pilots such as TWIN PEAKS, THE MARSHAL and STINGRAY and acclaimed miniseries MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND and THE DAY LINCOLN WAS SHOT for which he received both Emmy and ASC Award nominations for each. Ron also received a CABLE ACE Award for HBO's Western EL DIABLO, a CABLE ACE Award nomination for TNT's post war nuclear testing, NIGHTBREAKER, and an ASC Award nomination for the pilot of TWIN PEAKS.

Ron became a member of the ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES and the DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA, directing 20 very successful Network television series including a pilot for USA cable. Ron was voted into the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CINEMATOGRAPHERS in 1994 and today, serves on its BOARD OF GOVERNORS. He was voted into the ACADEMY OF MOTION PICUTRES ARTS AND SCIENCES in 2004 and became a member of the Motion Picture Academy’s Sci-Tech Awards committee in 2008.

Ron is a LIFE MEMBER of the SOCIETY OF MOTION PICTURE AND TELEVISION ENGINEERS (SMPTE) and is the inventor of a Film Calibration system used to control color management in the film to digital transfers. 

GRACE ZABRISKIE (Actor, "Sarah Palmer")

Grace Zabriskie was born and grew up in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Her father started and ran two cafes there: ‘Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop’ and then ‘Lafitte’s in Exile.’ Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal and Truman Capote were among the many interesting people who frequented the café during the 40’s and 50’s and Grace doesn’t really remember them, but does remember dolls they gave her when her father brought them home to meet his family.

She began doing theater in New Orleans, and continued to perform in New Brunswick, NJ at Douglass College, Rutgers University. She took no theater courses, but had a double major in Art and French. She then did lots of theater in Atlanta, where she lived for 13 years before moving to L.A. in 1979. She had also done films in Atlanta, notably ‘Norma Rae,’ which got her an L.A. agent.

Zabriskie moved to L.A. in 1979 and has worked steadily in film, television and theater ever since.  She is also a visual artist and a writer. Her first book of poetry, entitled ‘Poems,’ was released by NYQ Books in January of 2010.

Her credits include:

FILM: ‘My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done,’ ‘Bob Funk,’ ‘License To Wed,’ ‘Inland Empire,’ ‘The Grudge,’ ‘ Careless,’ ‘Chrystal,’ ‘Sabine And The Two-Headed Baby,’ ‘Brothel,’ ‘No Good Deed,’ ‘Crawlers,’ ‘Gone In 60 Seconds,’ ‘Texas Funeral,’ ‘Armageddon,’ ‘Puppy Love,’ ‘Dante’s View,’ ‘Nobody’s Children,’ ‘Norma Rae,’ ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’

TV: ‘Big Love’ (Series Regular 5 Seasons), ‘Twin Peaks,’ ‘Medium,’ ‘Charmed,’ ‘John Doe,’ ‘The Guardian,’ ‘Jesse,’ ‘King of Queens,’ ‘Dharma & Greg,’ ‘Houdini: Believe,’ ‘The Descent,’ ‘Bastard Out of Caroline,’ ‘A Promise To Carolyn,’ ‘High Incident,’ ‘Second Noah,’ ‘Fallen Angels: Tomorrow I Die,’ ‘N.Y.P.D. Blue,’ ‘Fallen Angels: The Black Bargain,’ ‘Under Suspicion,’ ‘Angel Falls,’ ‘Banner Times,’ ‘Seinfeld’

THEATER: ‘Joan And The Zulus,’ ‘Cold Sweat,’ ‘Rose Cottages,’ ‘Porco Selvatico/Wild Boar,’ ’16 Routines,’ ‘L’amante Anglaise/English Mint,’ (LA Weekly 1983 Award)

OTHER WORKS: Made powerful, greatly-praised contribution to the various radio series produced and starring monologist Joe Frank on KCRW Radio in the L.A. Area.

About the Moderator

ALESSANDRO AGO is the Director of Programming and Special Projects at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he programs film screenings, festivals, guest speakers and special events. In addition to programming the popular undergraduate courses Theatrical Film Symposium, taught by Leonard Maltin, and Television Symposium, taught by Howard Rosenberg, Ago also curates Outside the Box [Office], a screening series dedicated to bringing new international, documentary and independent cinema to USC. During a typical semester, Outside the Box [Office] offers over 50 new pre-release movies to students, faculty and alumni, often followed by conversations with the filmmakers, which Ago moderates. He oversees all Deans Council Visions and Voices programming for the School of Cinematic Arts and has produced festivals celebrating the work of John Wayne, Roger Corman, Costa Gavras, Maurice Jarre, Albert Broccoli and the James Bond franchise, as well as world cinema showcases focusing on Japan, Italy, Bollywood and the Middle East and an ongoing series of Live in HD satellite broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Ago is currently teaching a course called Italian Genre Cinema and Society for the Italian Department at USC, and has taught two undergraduate courses for the SCA Summer Program: Transnational Nightmares and Filmmaking, Italian Style. He co-produced the 2006 & 2007 editions of Los Angeles - Italia: The Film, Fashion and Art Fest at Mann's Chinese 6-plex, as well as the 2006 Capri - Hollywood Film Festival in Capri, Italy. He also works for the Sundance Institute as a screener in the International Documentary Feature department, helping to select films for competition for the Sundance Film Festival.

Both an Italian and American citizen, he grew up in Washington D.C. and Rome, Italy. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts' Critical Studies division.

About the USC Twin Peaks Retrospective

Over the course of the Spring 2013 semester, the USC School of Cinematic Arts will host a complete series retrospective of ABC's landmark 1990 prime-time drama, Twin Peaks, created by David Lynch & Mark Frost. Each week, episodes of the series will be followed by in-depth Q&As with key cast & crew from the production. Coffee and pie and/or donuts will be served at intermission.

The complete series will be screened across seven Sunday afternoons from January through April 2013, with the following order (start times & running times vary):

Sunday, January 27th at 4:00PM: Pilot, Episodes 1.2, 1.3
Sunday, February 10th at 2:30PM: Episodes 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8
Sunday, February 17th at 2:30PM: Episodes 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5
Sunday, March 3rd at 4:00PM: Episodes 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9
Sunday, March 10th at 3:00PM: Episodes 2.10, 2.11, 2.12, 2.13, 2.14
Sunday, March 24th: Episodes 2.15, 2.16, 2.17, 2.18, 2.19
Sunday, April 14th: Episodes 2.20, 2.21, 2.22

A 35mm screening of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me will take place in May 2013.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC 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 3:30 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. Free street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

About Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative

Visions and Voices is a university-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. The initiative was established by USC President C. L. Max Nikias during his tenure as provost in order to fulfill the goals set forth in USC's strategic plan; to communicate USC's core values to students; and to affirm the human spirit. Emphasizing the university's commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, the initiative features a spectacular array of events conceived and organized by faculty and schools throughout the university. The series includes theatrical productions, music and dance performances, conferences, lectures, film screenings and many other special events both on and off campus. Each program invites students to dialogue and interact with artists, writers, professors and special guests. These interactions provide a dynamic experience of the arts and humanities and encourage active exploration of USC's core values, including freedom of inquiry and expression, team spirit, appreciation of diversity, commitment to serving one's community, entrepreneurial spirit, informed risk-taking, ethical conduct and the search for truth.

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