LAST WILL. & TESTAMENT

October 22, 2013, 7:00 P.M.

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

 

Outside the Box [Office], First Folio Pictures, and Centropolis Entertainment, invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Last Will. & Testament

 
Executive Produced by Roland Emmerich
 
Directed by Lisa Wilson & Laura Wilson Matthias
Produced by Aaron Boyd, Lisa Wilson,
Laura Wilson Matthias, and Patrick Prentice

 
Followed by a Q&A with Roland Emmerich, John Orloff, Lisa Wilson, and Laura Wilson Matthias
 
7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Preceded by a 4:00 P.M. screening of ANONYMOUS, Directed by Roland Emmerich.

To learn more, visit the Anonymous event website: http://cinema.usc.edu/Anonymous

About Last Will. & Testament

It's the greatest literary mystery of all time; Who wrote the works of William Shakespeare? Although the official story of a Stratford merchant writing for the London box office has held sway for centuries, questions over the authorship of the plays and poems has persisted. Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles are among the many famous figures who doubt that a grain-dealer from Stratford-Upon-Avon was England's 'Star of Poets'.

Derek Jacobi leads an impressive cast featuring OSCAR Winner Vanessa Redgrave and TONY Winner
Mark Rylance on a quest to uncover the truth behind the world's most elusive author, and discovers
a forgotten nobleman whose story could rewrite history.

Provided courtesy of First Folio Pictures and Centropolis Entertainment. Not Rated. Running time: 85 minutes.

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Photos provided courtesy of Reiner Bajo/Columbia Pictures.

About the Guests

LISA WILSON & LAURA WILSON MATTHIAS (Director/Producers)

Lisa Wilson graduated from the University of Minnesota, where she was first introduced to the Shakespeare Authorship Question. Over the course of several months performing Shakespeare she began to suspect hidden allusions in the plays that would ignite a passion for the truth about the concealed author. Laura Wilson Matthias attended film school at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and later studied Film Theory and Art History at the University of Minnesota. She, too, would join the quest, engaging her passion for the cinematic arts in the pursuit. In 1997, they co-founded 1604 Productions and set out for Beaufort, SC to interview author and Oxfordian pioneer, Charlton Ogburn. Twelve hours of archival footage was recorded in what was to be his last interview. In his honor, they’ve been documenting the Shakespeare Authorship Question ever since.

The next decade would include travel to Canada, Italy, Denmark, Germany and the United Kingdom, documenting Authorship sites and compiling a multi-media archive of portraits, properties, tombs, monuments, engravings, documents and artifacts. Highlights include reconnaissance in Italy for Richard Roe’s Shakespearean Baedeker, three expeditions to Oak Island and years of privileged access to research on the cutting edge of Shakespeare Authorship studies, including the published and unpublished works of Dorothy Ogburn, Charlton Ogburn Jr., Joy Hancox, Roger Stritmatter, Hank Whittemore, Richard Roe, Charles Beauclerk and Jamianne Reinelt.

Beginning in 2005, Lisa and Laura provided script consulting services to the motion picture ANONYMOUS (Columbia Pictures), and in 2010 they established First Folio Pictures with Executive Producer Roland Emmerich and Producers Aaron Boyd & Patrick Prentice to bring two decades of authorship investigation to a worldwide audience.

LAST WILL. & TESTAMENT is the product of that partnership and represents Lisa and Laura Wilson’s directorial debut.

ROLAND EMMERICH (Director, Anonymous; Executive Producer, Last Will. & Testament)

Roland Emmerich is an international director, producer and screenwriter whose films, including Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, and Anonymous, have taken in more than $3 billion worldwide. His latest, White House Down, is an action movie on an epic scale starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx.

Emmerich recently announced plans to write and direct a sequel to his blockbuster film, Independence Day, which takes place 20 years after the original. He will also direct Stonewall, a drama about the 1969 Stonewall Riots chronicling the three-day standoff between the police and protesters at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, widely considered the starting point for the modern gay civil rights movement.

In 2011, his controversial feature, Anonymous, explored the theory that William Shakespeare’s plays were written by Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford and not by Shakespeare himself.  The stellar cast included Vanessa Redgrave, Rhys Ifans and Joely Richardson. In 2010, Emmerich directed the global box office hit 2012, an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an ends to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors, which starred John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.

Prior to that, Emmerich produced and directed 10,000 B.C., a fantasy drama which tells the story of the world’s first hero, who brings down an evil empire to save his love. In 2004, he produced and directed The Day After Tomorrow, starring Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal, which follows a climatologist’s struggle to figure out a way to save the world from global warming.  In 2000, Emmerich directed The Patriot based on the American Revolution. The film starred Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger and Joely Richardson. 

1996 and 1998 saw two of the most popular action films that the world had ever seen. In 1996, Emmerich directed Independence Day, a film that grossed over $800 million worldwide. In quick succession, Roland released another Hollywood blockbuster, Godzilla, which he directed and produced.

Emmerich’s first Hollywood film was the 1994 cult hit Universal Soldier, followed by Stargate the same year. His other film credits include the sex trafficking drama Trade starring Kevin Kline, Das Arche Noah Prinzip, Joey, Moon 44, Eye of the Storm, The High Crusade, The Thirteenth Floor, Eight Legged Freaks, Hell, and the documentary Last Will & Testament. Emmerich began his career in his native Germany, where his first film, a student project called The Noah’s Ark Principle, played in competition at the 1984 Berlin Film Festival.

His television credits are “The Visitor,” “Godzilla: The Series,” and “Dark Horse.”

In addition, to his work in film and television, Emmerich takes significant time and effort to support a number of charities, including, but not limited to the Gay and Lesbian Education Network (GLSEN), the Outfest Film Festival Los Angeles, the Cambodian Children’s Fund, the Trevor Project, Global Green, and The Gay and Lesbian Center of Los Angeles.

JOHN ORLOFF (Writer/Executive Producer, Anonymous)

John Orloff was nominated for an Emmy Award for his writing on HBO’s “Band of Brothers”, the acclaimed World War II mini-series produced by Steve Spielberg and Tom Hanks. He was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his screenplay for “A Mighty Heart”, the Michael Winterbottom directed film starring Angelina Jolie about the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. He won neither award, but had a blast making them!

In 2010, Orloff switched genres and wrote the animated film “Legend of the Guardians”, directed by Zack Snyder, with the voices of Helen Mirren and Geoffrey Rush. In 2011, his collaboration with director Roland Emmerich, “Anonymous”, was released to much controversy. It remains his most proud accomplishment. He is currently writing a film for acclaimed Chinese director Lu Chuan.

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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 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.

Parking

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