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The Legacy of Dennis Hopper: APOCALYPSE NOW

October 10, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts, USC Visions & Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, and The Hopper Art Trust, invite you and a guest to

The Legacy of Dennis Hopper:
Apocalypse Now (1979)

A screening of Francis Ford Coppola's seminal 1979 Vietnam War epic, featuring introductions by Glen Mazzara (Creator, Crash TV series),
and Dennis's daughter, Marin Hopper.
7:00 P.M. on Friday, October 10th, 2014

Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Written by SCA Alumnus John Milius,
Francis Ford Coppola, and Michael Herr
Produced by Kim Aubrey
and Francis Ford Coppola
Starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando,
Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford,
and Lawrence Fisburne


RSVP at the links below:

USC Students, Staff and Faculty: click here
USC Alumni: click here
General Public: click here

Presented in conjunction with:

Part of Being An Artist: The Dennis Hopper Collection - Selected Artwork and Ephemera
On display in the USC School of Cinematic Arts Gallery from September 2 - November 26, 2014.
Learn more about the exhibit at:


About the Guests

MARIN HOPPER (Daughter of Dennis Hopper)

Marin Hopper is the designer and founder of Hayward. From 1994 until 2000, Marin was Style Director and later Fashion Editor at Elle Magazine. In 1998, she began a long relationship with Tod's and Hogan as Consulting Fashion Director. She also served as Consulting Creative Director for Formapura, overseeing the creative direction for Hogan advertising campaigns and press presentations.

Marin is the daughter of actor/director/artist Dennis Hopper and writer Brooke Hayward. In 2001, she edited a book of their lives together in 1960s Los Angeles called "1712 North Crescent Heights." In 2010, she was named a Trustee of the Hopper Art Trust.

GLEN MAZZARA (Creator, Crash TV Series)

Glen Mazzara is the Creator, Executive Producer, and Showrunner of Lifetime’s new series, Damien, based on the classic horror film, The Omen. The series is produced through his development deal with Fox Television Studios. He is also adapting the nonfiction book, The Savage City, as a miniseries for FX.

Mazzara was most recently Executive Producer and Showrunner for AMC's record-breaking series, The Walking Dead. His body of work includes Golden Globe®-winning The Shield, FX's groundbreaking police drama; TNT's medical drama Hawthorne; as well as NBC's Life. He created the series Crash, starring Dennis Hopper, the first scripted drama on the pay-cable network STARZ. It was based on the Oscar-winning film.

Mazzara was born and raised in Queens, New York. While earning a B.A. and M.A. in American & British literature at New York University, he worked at NYU Medical Center where he managed the Emergency Department and Critical Care Units. This proved to be the perfect training ground for a career in Hollywood.

On the feature side, Mazzara has written THE OVERLOOK HOTEL, a prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s classic film, The Shining. Mark Romanek is attached to direct.

Mazzara enjoys mentoring young writers. He is a frequent speaker at the Writers Guild of America, West, the Writers Guild Foundation, CBS’s Diversity Program, the WGA Showrunner Training Program, the WGA Writers Access Project, Fox’s Writers Intensive Program, and NBC’s Writers on the Verge. He is on the Board of Trustees for Humanitas. Mazzara is co-chair of the WGA’s Diversity Advisory Group and has been working to improve television employment opportunities for writers of diverse backgrounds. He has taught classes and seminars at colleges across the country, including NYU, USC, and Emerson.  He has presented lectures at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference, the BANFF World Media Conference, the National Association of Television Program Executives Conference and the Television Writers Studio in Australia. He is a proud member of NYU’s Mentoring Network and was recently presented NYU’s inaugural Mentor of the Year Award.

Mazzara currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three sons.


About Part of Being An Artist: The Dennis Hopper Collection
Selected Artwork and Ephemera

"I was born in Dodge City, Kansas, and am really just a middle class Farm boy at heart. I really thought acting, painting, music, writing were all part of being an artist. I never thought of them as being separate." — Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper is widely recognized as an acclaimed artist, actor and filmmaker whose iconic and distinctly American voice has established him as one of the most singular creative figures of his time. The USC School of Cinematic Arts is proud to display a series of Hopper's iconic black and white photographs taken from 1961 - 67 featuring a range of subjects from Hollywood actors to the bullfights in Mexico to the Civil Rights Movement. In conjunction with the exhibition a series of film screenings and discussions will take place with Hopper's friends and colleagues.

Part of Being An Artist: The Dennis Hopper CollectionSelected Artwork and Ephemera will be open EXCLUSIVELY to USC Students, Faculty and Staff from Tuesday, September 2 – Thursday, October 9, 2014, and will be open to the General Public from Friday, October 10 – Wednesday, November 26, 2014. The exhibit is located in the School of Cinematic Arts Gallery, in the lobby of the Steven Spielberg Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

Learn more about the exhibit at

Learn more about Dennis Hopper and the Hopper Art Trust at

About Apocalypse Now (1979)

Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now adapts the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness to depict the Vietnam War as a descent into primal madness. Capt. Willard (Martin Sheen), already on the edge, is assigned to find and deal with AWOL Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), rumored to have set himself up in the Cambodian jungle as a local, lethal godhead. Along the way Willard encounters napalm and Wagner fan Col. Kilgore (Robert Duvall), draftees who prefer to surf and do drugs, a USO Playboy Bunny show turned into a riot by the raucous soldiers, and a jumpy photographer (Dennis Hopper) telling wild, reverent tales about Kurtz. By the time Willard sees the heads mounted on stakes near Kurtz's compound, he knows Kurtz has gone over the deep end, but it is uncertain whether Willard himself now agrees with Kurtz's insane dictum to "Drop the Bomb. Exterminate them all."

Provided courtesy of American Zoetrope. Rated R. Running time: 153 minutes.


Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Attendees with confirmed reservations may pick up their ticket on the night of the event beginning at 6:15 p.m. in front of Norris Cinema Theatre. In order to claim your ticket, please bring a picture ID and ensure that the information is the same as provided during the RSVP process. Please arrive at least ten minutes early. Tickets not picked up by 6:50 p.m. may be distributed to a standby list.

Please note that you will receive an email confirmation request and/or a final reminder prior to the event. You may be required to confirm your reservation at that time.


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. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.


About USC Visions & Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative

Visions and Voices is a university-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. The initiative was established by USC President C. L. Max Nikias during his tenure as provost in order to fulfill the goals set forth in USC's strategic plan; to communicate USC's core values to students; and to affirm the human spirit. Emphasizing the university's commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, the initiative features a spectacular array of events conceived and organized by faculty and schools throughout the university. The series includes theatrical productions, music and dance performances, conferences, lectures, film screenings and many other special events both on and off campus. Each program invites students to dialogue and interact with artists, writers, professors and special guests. These interactions provide a dynamic experience of the arts and humanities and encourage active exploration of USC's core values, including freedom of inquiry and expression, team spirit, appreciation of diversity, commitment to serving one's community, entrepreneurial spirit, informed risk-taking, ethical conduct and the search for truth.

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