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November 20, 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] and Janus Films invite you and a guest to a special screening of


Written, Directed, Produced,
Composed, and Edited by
David Lynch
Followed by a Q&A with Catherine E. Coulson, Jeanne Field, Laurel Near, and Charlotte Stewart
7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

About Eraserhead

Filmed intermittently over the course of a five-year period, David Lynch's radical feature debut stars Jack Nance as Henry Spencer, a man living in an unnamed industrial wasteland. Upon learning that a past romance has resulted in an impending pregnancy, Henry agrees to wed mother-to-be Mary (Charlotte Stewart) and moves her into his tiny, squalid flat. Their baby is born hideously mutated, a strange, reptilian creature whose piercing cries never cease. Mary soon flees in horror and disgust, leaving Henry to fall prey to the seduction of the girl across the hall (Judith Anna Roberts). An intensely visceral nightmare, Eraserhead marches to the beat of its own slow, surreal rhythm: Henry's world is a cancerous dreamscape, a place where sins manifest themselves as bizarre creatures and worlds exist within worlds.

Provided courtesy of Janus Films. Unrated. Running time: 85 minutes.


About the Guests

CATHERINE E. COULSON (Assistant Camera, Assistant Director)

Catherine E. Coulson is a member of the acting company of the Tony award winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. This summer Catherine will be playing Peter Quince in OSF's production MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Recently she appeared in IFC’s PORTLANDIA and the USA network’s PSYCH. She has appeared in numerous feature films and MOW’s. She is perhaps best known for her role as The Log Lady in the series, TWIN PEAKS which she also hosted. She appears in TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME and is a long time colleague of David Lynch’s, having been cast in and then worked on ERASERHEAD; she plays the amputee in David Lynch’s short film THE AMPUTEE which was filmed when David was a fellow at the American Film Institute and Catherine was coordinating the Directing Workshop for Women at the Institute.

Catherine was originally cast in Eraserhead as the nurse and over the years of shooting, became a valuable member of the film crew, assisting David and the two camera people as well as keeping Jack Nance's famous hair style well maintained.


Jeanne Field started her film career at Janus Films which is presenting this film, and worked to promote their valuable collection to the non-theatrical market of film societies, universities, museums, special performances. While there, she worked with the film icon, Harold Lloyd, on his "Funny Side of Life". Following, she joined Paradigm Films which distributed Marty Scorsese's first film "Who's That Knocking", "David Holzman's Diary", "No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger", then worked on their film, "Woodstock". "Marjoe", "Eraserhead", "Journey Through The Past", "The Last Waltz", "Rust Never Sleeps", "Human Highway", video specials with Joni Mitchell, "Shadows and Light" and "Refuge of the Road", "UFOria" followed. Currently, she represents writers and filmmakers to the industry and has also developed her own projects.

LAUREL NEAR (Actress, "Lady in the Radiator")

Laurel Near was cast as the "Lady in the Radiator" at age 19 when she was performing with comedy singing trio, The Near Sisters (Fluffy, Babe & Jewel) in an LA nightclub. In 1975 Laurel co-founded Wallflower Order Dance Collective, a touring company that road the wave of the 70’s activist’s movements with their unique hybrid of modern dance, martial arts, sign language and theater. Hailed as an "American Cultural Treasure" by the Kansas City Star, they performed for thousands of people from Lincoln Center to community centers to church basements.

In 1995 Near co-founded SPACE (School of Performing Arts & Cultural Education) an acclaimed rural arts program for youth ages 0-18 in Ukiah, California. In 1999 SPACE was gifted the former St. Mary’s of the Angels Catholic Church which they have renovated into a state of the art theater devoted to youth. Laurel is also a Certified Instructor of Parenting by Connection, a program of "HandinHand Parenting" which is based in Palo Alto, California. Laurel is the mother of three.


One of three children, Charlotte Stewart was born in Yuba City, California, USA on 27 February 1941. In the 1950s, she studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. She is famous for portraying the role of beloved schoolteacher "Miss Beadle" in the popular television series Little House on the Prairie. She was with the show from 1974 - 1978. Charlotte has also worked with controversial filmmaker David Lynch on two occasions, in the cult classic Eraserhead and the TV series Twin Peaks. She starred with Neil Young in his film HUMAN HIGHWAY, did the TREMORS trilogy, and even worked with Elvis Presley. She was once married to actor Tim Considine. They divorced, and she married David Banks (whom she had met years before, when she studied the craft of acting) in 1992.

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

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.


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 Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

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