CEMENT SUITCASE

May 21, 2014, 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


The SCA Alumni Screening Series and Psychic Bunny invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Cement Suitcase

 
Written & Directed by SCA Alum J. Rick Castañeda
Produced by SCA Alum Doug Spice
and Stacey Wilson

Followed by a Q&A with SCA Alumni
J. Rick Castañeda, Doug Spice, John Ross, Lawrence Everson, and Kristina Guerrero
 
7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
 
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

WINNER:
Audience Award,
Dances With Films Festival
Audience Award, Ellensburg Film Festival

About Cement Suitcase

Franklin, the best wine salesman in the Yakima Valley, hates his life. His girlfriend is cheating on him, and he doesn’t even have the self-respect to tell her that he knows. When he meets the “other guy” – who turns out to be a terrific person – he decides it’s time to let go of some baggage.

Provided courtesy of Psychic Bunny. Not rated. Running time: 91 minutes.

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Director's Statement

I was born and raised in the Yakima Valley, and it wasn’t until I moved away that I really began to notice how unique it was. The peace and quiet, the beautiful vistas, and the way life interweaves through everybody you know. After living in Los Angeles for ten years, you really get to miss the cows, the ample parking, and the real feeling of spring. I decided to set a movie in the Yakima Valley because no one else has. I wanted to make a movie about a place most people have never seen before, in a place where people still get excited about movies.

So I saved up my pennies for a long time, borrowing movies from friends instead of paying for cable, driving a ’97 Honda because it still got great gas mileage, and subsisting on cold cereal and frozen pizza, in order to save up the money to make this film.

I brought the idea of the film and a rough script to the production company I co-founded, Psychic Bunny, and they agreed to help support it. A creative hub that produces short films, features, web series, and even 360-degree interactive experiences, Psychic Bunny has always found a way to sharpen the projects I’ve directed to make them funnier, more beautiful, and more professionally-made. Coma, Period., a web series I wrote, was produced by Psychic Bunny and went on to praise in the New York Times, and reached over 1,000,000 views on MetaCafe.com. Without the constructive feedback, suggestions, support, and resources of this tremendous group of filmmakers, it never would have been so successful.

The other important ingredient in this undertaking goes by the name of Dwayne Bartholomew, or, as he’s often known, “D.” I’ve been making films with Dwayne for about nine years now, from my first film at USC, shot on 16mm, to the 37 short films we made with our comedy sketch group, Six Finger Fist. D has more comedy in his little pinky than most people have in their entire lives. He’s so talented, and so hilarious, that I wrote Cement Suitcase entirely for him because I know what he’s capable of, and there’s no one I’d rather work with.

This movie, more than anything else, is about learning to let go. Learning this was something that actually enabled me to make the movie. Instead of worrying that I was making a big mistake, or that I was going to embarrass myself with an epic failure, I had to just let go of all that and trust in my abilities and in the wonderful people working on this film. The result is better than I could have imagined.

-- J. Rick Castañeda

About the Guests

J. RICK CASTAÑEDA - WRITER/DIRECTOR

J. Rick Castañeda is a writer/director/producer of feature films, animations and live-action shorts, and co-founder of Psychic Bunny. His works have been around the world to festivals in Canada, Japan, and Romania, as well as festivals here in the ol’ U.S. of A., such as SXSW. He’s made over 30 short films with his sketch comedy group, Six Finger Fist, earning recognition from YouTube, Crackle, and Funny or Die. Coma, Period., a 10-episode comedy webseries about a man stuck inside a coma, was given a rave review in the New York Times, and has over 1,000,000 views. He has also directed webisodes for Disney and MSN. A published author, an accomplished director, and a trusted friend, Rick is very excited about Cement Suitcase, his first feature film.

You can view his reel here: https://vimeo.com/55810019

DOUG SPICE - PRODUCER

Doug Spice, former Certified Forklift Operator, is a filmmaker and designer from a small country known as the United States of America. He is a graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television, and producer/director of a bewildering array of projects ranging from feature and short films to commercials, music videos, games, websites, training aids, theatrical productions, live television, books, and more. Along with Rick Castañeda, he is one of the founders of Psychic Bunny, where his work has won awards (and other times not won awards, shhhhh...). Cement Suitcase is the third feature film he has produced, and the first to feature dinosaurs.

If you ever owned a copy of Titanic on VHS, it’s very likely that Doug personally touched it at some point, and he promises this isn’t creepy.

JOHN ROSS

LAWRENCE EVERSON

KRISTINA GUERRERO

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.

Parking

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.

Cement Suitcase Trailer from Psychic Bunny on Vimeo.

Contact Information

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