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September 3, 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

Outside the Box [Office] and The Weinstein Company invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Written & Directed by Ned Benson
Produced by Cassandra Kulukundis, Todd J. Labarowski, and Emanuel Michael
Followed by a Q&A with Ned Benson
and Cassandra Kulukundis

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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

In Theatres on Friday, September 12, 2014.

About The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

With his unique vision, writer/director Ned Benson ambitiously captures a complete picture of a relationship in the beautifully relatable portrait of love, empathy and truth that is The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Once happily married, Conor (James McAvoy) and Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. Screened for the first time at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Benson’s latest version of their story combines his previous two films – titled HIM and HER – uniting their perspectives and taking a further look into the subjectivity of relationships.

A hopeful look at the endurance of love through its highs and lows, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby elicits riveting performances from an acclaimed cast led by Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, and a richly talented supporting cast that includes Nina Arianda, two-time Academy Award® nominee Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciara?n Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, Academy Award® winner William Hurt, Jess Weixler, Nikki M. James, and Jeremy Shamos.

Provided courtesy of The Weinstein Company. Not Rated. Running time: 123 minutes.

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About the Guests

NED BENSON (Writer/Director)

Ned Benson grew up in New York City. He graduated from Columbia University in 2001 with a degree in English. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY is his first feature film project as a director.
He has several films in development including an adaptation of Steve Martin’s book AN OBJECT OF BEAUTY for Maven Pictures and Amy Adams. He is adapting Danny Wallace’s novel CHARLOTTE STREET for Working Title Films. He wrote the original screenplay DAVID FINGERHUT’S GREATEST HITS for producer Michael London’s Groundswell Films and Far Hills Pictures. Aside from THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY, Benson and his producing partner Cassandra Kulukundis, through their company Standard Deviations, are developing a new original script for Ned to direct, as well as an original script entitled TOO along with another project entitled IN DEFIANCE OF GRAVITY, which with THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY was included in the annual Black List. He has also directed four short films, FOUR LEAN HOUNDS, THE WESTERNER, YES, and CITATION. Benson also adds playwright to his list of credits, his play REMISSION was admitted in The Labrynth Theater Company’s Summer Intensive with actress Melissa Leo in the lead role. He is represented by UTA’s David Kramer and Jenny Maryasis, manager Stephanie Davis, and lawyer Alan Grodin.


Bio coming soon.

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 #4, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend 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

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