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May 7, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

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

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

Stage Fright

Written & Directed by SCA Alumnus Jerome Sable
Produced by Ari Lantos and Jonas Bell Pasht

Followed by a Q&A with Jerome Sable, Editor Nicholas Musurca (MFA Production), and Music Producer Aram Mandossian (SMPTV)
7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Official Selection: 2014 SXSW Film Festival

Opens on Friday, May 16th at the Arena Cinema, 1625 N Las Palmas Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028

About Stage Fright

Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson (Allie MacDonald) wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she’s stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrified by the horror of musical theater.

Starring musical theater veterans Meat Loaf (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) and Minnie Driver (The Phantom of the Opera) STAGE FRIGHT mixes Scream with Glee in this genre-bending R-rated horror-musical from Jerome Sable, award-winning director of the celebrated short film “The Legend of Beaver Dam.”

Provided courtesy of Magnet Releasing. Rated R. Running time: 88 minutes.

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About the Guests

JEROME SABLE (Writer/Director, SCA Alumnus)

Jerome Sable is a writer-director and composer who creates genre-bending musicals for film, television, and theatre. Stage Fright is his directorial debut -- a horror musical feature film he wrote and directed, with music and lyrics he co-composed with longtime collaborator Eli Batalion.

Sable and Batalion have been creative partners in both film and theatre for nearly two decades. Their short film, The Legend of Beaver Dam, a horror musical they wrote and composed, and which Sable directed, opened Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to screen at over 75 film festivals worldwide, winning 17 awards, including Best Short Film at Sitges, Fantastic Fest, Dallas, Screamfest LA and receiving an honorable mention at Sundance.

Before that, their musical play, J.O.B. THE HIP-HOPERA, a retelling of the bible’s Book of Job through hip-hop and slam poetry, ran in Los Angeles and New York where it won various awards and earned rave reviews. Sable and Batalion wrote and composed the play and also starred in it, each playing all of the characters. The LA Times called the 90-minute rap musical ‘groundbreaking,’ and Daily Variety wrote, ‘Not only one of the best shows of this year—it’s one of the best shows L.A. has seen in many years.’

Sable grew up in Montreal, Quebec where he studied piano and music theory at the McGill Conservatory of Music. He has a B.A. in philosophy from Brown University and an MFA in directing from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Aram Mandossian (SMPTV) - Music Producer

Born in Hollywood, California, Aram Mandossian grew up in the early 80's infatuated with movies and music in the culturally diverse climate of Los Angeles, strongly influenced by artists and composers including Beethoven, John Williams, Metallica, Stravinsky, Gipsy Kings, and Bad Religion. Aram has been making music since the age of 7 from piano lessons, to playing guitar in rock bands throughout high school and college, taiko drumming, and producing music. Aram's professional career began composing original scores to student films in college which shortly led to writing for features. Aram earned his Bachelor of Music in composition from California State University, Northridge, and his graduate degree at the famed 'Scoring for Motion Pictures' program at the University of Southern California.

At the heart of Aram's music lie dense organic textures, simple themes, repetitive rhythms, the nostalgia of the old world of cinema blended with all the grit, force, intensity and production of modern rock, electronic and sound design infused soundtracks.

With over a hundred productions to date for which Aram's music has been a part, some of the most notable are an arrangement in Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1, main title theme for off-beat sports talk show Numbers Never Lie on ESPN and the main title for Known Universe on Nat Geo. Aram has written original scores for independent films such as horror/thriller The Last Resort from Lions Gate, and artsy fantasy drama Maro for which he won a Silver Medal Award for Artistic Excellence at the Park City Film Music Festival and a score for the award winning human rights documentary 22 Years from Home. Aram has been working in television music wiritng for a variety of shows including Emmy winning Sports Science on FSN, Police POV on TruTv, Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker and Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files on SyFy, and for past shows such as Crime360 on A&E, Jesse James is a Dead Man on Spike, and had a special opportunity to conduct the studio orchestra for an episode of LOST on abc. Aram has also released several albums of production music for films and trailers and has a new one currently in the works.

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 Fall 2013 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.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid 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 outdoor Lot M, 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