November 25, 2013, 7:00 P.M.

The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Outside the Box [Office] and Ma and Pa Films invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Lost in Living

Directed/Produced by Mary Trunk
Written by Mary Trunk and Caren McCaleb
Edited by Caren McCaleb

Followed by a Q&A with Mary Trunk
7:00 P.M. on Monday, November 25th, 2013
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

About Lost in Living

Behind the domestic curtain of motherhood, where the creative impulse can flourish or languish, are four women determined to make a go of it. Filmed over seven years, Lost in Living, confronts the contradictions inherent in personal ambition and self-sacrifice, female friendship and mental isolation, big projects and dirty dishes. The complex realities of family life unfold in this documentary film about the messy intersection of motherhood and artistic expression.

Provided courtesy of Ma and Pa Films. Not rated. Running time: 110 minutes.

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About the Guest

MARY TRUNK (Director/Producer)

Mary has been making experimental and documentary films for over 20 years. Her feature length documentary The Watershed screened at over 30 film festivals around the world and garnered more than ten Best Documentary and Special Jury Awards. The Watershed is distributed through Cinetic Media. Plain Art received a Durfee Foundation grant and won the prestigious Ruth Landfield Award at the Fargo Film Festival. This film has also screened at AIA conferences and other architectural organizations.

Filmed over seven years, Mary’s newest film, Lost in Living, has just been completed. She received her MFA in Film at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is currently teaching at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and Loyola Marymount College. Mary lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

What people are saying about Lost in Living

"I've seen no other film so successfully investigate the fraught relationship between motherhood and art, and all I can do is urge you to do everything you can to get your hands on a copy."
Rachel Power, Author of The Divided Heart

"It is a deeply resonant and honest film. I think it should be handed out to every new mother everywhere, as soon as she’s given birth, or before, as soon as she finds out she’s going to have a baby, or before, before she even decides to have a baby, if indeed it’s a decision at all. And to everyone who already has children. And to everyone who doesn’t have children but was once a child. To everyone."
Claire Thomas, Author of Fugitive Blue

"Watching Lost in Living, I felt a tremendous comfort wash over me as I recognized myself in the women Trunk profiles, and felt reassured that I am not alone."
Amanda Hirsch, Author of Feeling My Way: Finding Motherhood Without Losing Myself

"It really speaks to all artists, in my view -- of course women artists with children are a special case, but most artists have serious distractions, demands (and sacrifices) in their lives of many different kinds that cause them to reconsider, reflect upon and examine their life decisions including the decision to live a creative life. And it is the constant struggle with that decision that I found at the core of your compelling film. Such honesty!"
Janis Crystal Lipzin, Filmmaker, Teacher

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

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu