February 11, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

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

USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Gayle Garner Roski School of Art and Design, and Tamaroland Pictures, invite you and a guest to attend

Llyn Foulkes One Man Band

A Screening and Conversation with
Llyn Foulkes and Tamar Halpern

Directed by Tamar Halpern and Chris Quilty
Produced by Tamar Halpern and Chris Quilty
Music by Llyn Foulkes
Followed by a Q&A with Llyn Foulkes and
SCA Alumna Tamar Halpern,
Moderated by SCA Vice Dean, Dr. Michael Renov
7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

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

RSVP at the links below beginning Thursday, January 15th, 2015, at 9:00 AM:

USC Students, Staff and Faculty: To RSVP, click here.
USC Alumni: To RSVP, click here.
General Public: To RSVP, click here.
One of American art’s great originals. Lovable, cranky and brilliant - The New York Times

A queasy thriller... Undeniably fascinating - Variety

An irresistible subject. Foulkes is a joy to watch! - The Hollywood Reporter

About Llyn Foulkes One Man Band

From age 70 to 77, artist and musician Llyn Foulkes creates, destroys, and recreates a pair of large, three-dimensional paintings, one that costs him his marriage. With interviews from 1960’s LA art scene vets Dennis Hopper and George Herms, the film reconstructs Foulkes’s uncompromising, up-and-down career as he was kicked out of the legendary Ferus Gallery and walked away from a successful career as a Pop artist, ending as he is at last rediscovered by the international art world at age 77. Music written and performed by Foulkes on a massive, fanciful, self-invented instrument he calls “The Machine,” Llyn Foulkes One Man Band is an intimate portrait of an artist battling his own demons as well as the perceived demons of the art world.

Provided courtesy of Tamaroland Pictures. Not Rated. Running time: 88 minutes.

Visit the Official Website: http://www.llynfoulkesfilm.com/


About the Guests


Llyn Foulkes has been called the Zelig of contemporary art. Over the past five decades he has been consistently inconsistent, confounding critics and galleries with dramatic changes of direction whenever it seemed he was about to be overtaken by popular acclaim. He’s also been consistently ahead of the curve. He showed a year before Andy Warhol at the legendary Ferus Gallery in the mid-60s and was heralded as an early master of Pop with his famous Cow (a nicely rendered creature in blank space), anticipating Warhol’s bovine prints by three years. Among the artists with whom he emerged were John Baldessari, Wallace Berman, Robert Irwin and Ed Ruscha. Although he would probably scoff at the label, many admirers regard his musical performances as performance art.

TAMAR HALPERN (Co-Director, Co-Produced, SCA Alumna)

This is Tamar Halpern’s first feature-length documentary film. She recently wrote and directed Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, based on the book by New York Times best-selling author Wendy Mass, starring Mira Sorvino, Michael Urie and Joe Pantoliano, with music by Edie Brickell. Halpern just finished adapting the Wendy Mass book, A Mango Shaped Space, about a thirteen year-old girl with synesthesia, a neurological condition where sounds have color and texture. Her previous writing and directing work includes Shelf Life, “a whip smart film that taps into a fresh source for American comedy” (Variety), starring Betsy Brandt of Breaking Bad, and the feature Your Name Here co-starring Llyn Foulkes. Halpern has an MFA in film production from USC.

DR. MICHAEL RENOV (SCA Vice Dean/Moderator)

Michael Renov, professor of Critical Studies and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, is the author of Hollywood's Wartime Woman: Representation and Ideology and The Subject of Documentary, editor of Theorizing Documentary, and co-editor of Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices, Collecting Visible Evidence, and The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies and Cinema’s Alchemist: The Films of Peter Forgacs.

In 1993, Renov co-founded Visible Evidence, a series of international and highly interdisciplinary documentary studies conferences that have, to date, been held on four continents. He is one of three general editors for the Visible Evidence book series at the University of Minnesota Press, which has published 27 volumes on various aspects of nonfiction media since 1997. In 2005, he co-programmed the 51st annual Robert Flaherty Seminar, a week-long gathering of documentary filmmakers, curators, and educators, creating 20 screening programs and filmmaker dialogues on the theme "Cinema and History."

In addition to curating documentary programs around the world, he has served as a jury member at documentary festivals including Sundance, Silverdocs, the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, Brazil's It's All True, the International Environmental Festival of Film and Video, also in Brazil, and DocLisboa in Portugal. He has taught graduate seminars at the University of Stockholm, Tel Aviv University and Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and has led documentary workshops in Jordan for the Royal Film Commission and in Cyprus. Renov's teaching and research interests include documentary theory, autobiography in film and video, video art and activism, and representations of the Holocaust.


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 #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.

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.

For more information, visit www.usc.edu/visionsandvoices

Contact Information

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