June 22, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The SCA Alumni Screening Series, thisismyproof, LLC and PhD Productions, invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Bread and Butter

Written and Directed by SCA Alumna Liz Manashil
Produced by Tiffany Gray, 
Stephen Gibler, and Valerie Weiss
Followed by a Q&A with Cast & Crew
Moderated by Joanna Cherensky
7:00 P.M. on Monday, June 22nd, 2015
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


About Bread and Butter

After buying a used book that has personal scribblings throughout its margins, Amelia, a 30 year old virgin, becomes smitten with Leonard “the annotator”. At the same time, another man, Daniel, starts to court her. Confronted for the first time with the gauntlet that is dating, Amelia emerges from this anti-romantic comedy with the knowledge that finding herself is more important than finding a boyfriend.

Bread and Butter had its world premiere at Woodstock Film Festival. It has won several awards including Best Feature at Big Apple Film Festival, Best Romantic Comedy at Worldfest Houston and Best Comedy at SENE. It was picked as one of "three to see" at Cleveland International Film Festival by the festival's artistic director and was chosen to be a VIP screening at Phoenix Film Festival. A full listing of festival screenings can be found at the film's website.

The film stars Christine Weatherup (Squaresville, Grey's Anatomy, Mad Men), Bobby Moynihan (SNL), Micah Hauptman (Parker, Everest), Eric Lange (The Bridge, Weeds, Once Upon A Time), Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is The New Black), Sean Wright (Just Seen It), Dawn Didawick (Hart of Dixie) and 3 Time Tony nominee Harry Groener (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). 

Provided courtesy of thisismyproof, LLC and PhD Productions. Not rated. Running time: 89 minutes.

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Director's Statement

I grew up voraciously ingesting romantic comedies. I always sought them out because I was a shy girl and didn’t know how to talk to boys, and I thought maybe these movies could be an example for me; providing ways to act or some sort of assurance that I am not alone.

Unfortunately, watching the movies was always a love-hate relationship. I loved the magical moment the couple first kissed, the glances stolen, the moments leading up to them getting together. I hated that none of the women looked like me and none of the women felt as uncomfortable as I felt about dating, flirting and socializing in general. What is most important to me in making this film is to make a healthier and more realistic romantic comedy.

Additionally, our film was made by women. We prioritized hiring female crew members and focused on a communicative, positive production environment. Men were, of course, a large part of the process, but the intention was always to make a film with women, for women.

This film is intended to be a comment on traditional romantic comedies, while also telling the equally romantic story of a woman who learns to love herself.

-- Liz Manashil

About the Guests

LIZ MANASHIL (Writer/Director/Casting/Co-Producer/SCA Alumna)

Elizabeth Manashil earned her B.A. in Film and Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and her M.F.A. from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. She has worked under John Morrison of the California Film Institute, Michael Shamberg of Double Feature Films and Adam Goodman at Paramount Film Group. She works with distribution consultant Peter Broderick, and spent the past four years as an on-air film critic for National PBS Broadcast Television and Hulu series, Just Seen It. Bread and Butter is her feature directorial debut.

STEPHEN GIBLER (Producer/SCA Alumnus)

Stephen Gibler is a Producer and a Writer based in Los Angeles and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. There he produced numerous short films, was Producer of the Year for 2012 and the President of the Graduate Program Student Government. He’s an Academy Nicholl 2014 Semi-Finalist Writer and currently produces and writes commercials for the One Family One Restaurant Foundation and the University of Southern California.


Award-winning filmmaker and Harvard biophysicist, Valerie Weiss, has just completed her second feature film, A LIGHT BENEATH THEIR FEET, starring Taryn Manning, Madison Davenport, Kurt Fuller, and Nora Dunn. A tragicomic coming-of-age story, Taryn Manning plays a single mother suffering from bipolar disorder whose stable rock of a daughter is about to leave for college. Glenn Close's organization, "Bring Change 2 Mind," calls the film "heartwrenching and beautiful."

Valerie's first feature comes from more familiar turf and is loosely based on her time earning a Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School. LOSING CONTROL is a quirky romantic comedy about a female scientist who wants proof that her boyfriend is "the one." Starring Miranda Kent, Reid Scott, and Kathleen Robertson, LOSING CONTROL was released theatrically, had a successful VOD run in over 100 million homes, and is now available to watch on Prior to directing features, Valerie participated in the AFI Directing Workshop for Women where her sci-fi short, TRANSGRESSIONS, won a student BAFTA Award and played in film festivals around the world.

Valerie is currently developing several feature films to direct and has co-written a half-hour single camera pilot called OVERSTUFFED, about a minimalist single-mother by choice who must move home with her hoarder father. Valerie continues to combine her passions for science and filmmaking - she is a judge for The Next MacGyver Competition sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering and USC, has appeared on the L'Oreal For Women in Science Panel alongside the late astronaut Sally Ride, and is featured in the new edition of the book, ROADTRIP NATION. 

LIA BURTON (Production Designer/SCA Alumnus)

Lia is a Los Angeles-based production designer, originally from the beautiful state of Oregon. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a double degree in film production and political science in 2010, and has been production designing independent film and television productions ever since. In addition to designing her own work, she also assists established designers on major studio productions, including NBC's About A Boy and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones for Paramount Pictures. Her work can be seen at


Bruce has worked for almost two decades as a film and TV editor, and has feature films and documentaries, series TV and music performance among his credits. Bruce is a published novelist and is currently a practicing screenwriter in addition to his work as an editor. He grew up on the Jersey Shore and was educated at the Universities of Notre Dame and Cambridge, and represented both on the soccer field.


Lindsay Morrison is a writer/director/editor hailing from San Francisco. She moved to Los Angeles back in 2007 to earn her MFA in Film & Television Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Since graduating in 2011, Lindsay has sharpened her editors' wit working as senior editor on indie features such as The Divorce Party and web series' like Single White Females. Editing Bread and Butter was a unique experience for her, working on her first anti-romantic-comedy and collaborating alongside another editor. Lindsay is currently focusing on finishing her horror feature script, which she will be securing funding for and directing sometime next year.

CHRISTINE WEATHERUP (Cast, "Amelia Karinsky"/SCA Alumna)

Christine Weatherup is a Los Angeles native who has been acting professionally for nearly twenty years. Weatherup attended USC where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a triple major in Cinematic Arts, Political Science and Theater. Her most exciting role to date is the lead role in the feature Bread and Butter, opposite SNL’s Bobby Moynihan. Weatherup also has a leading role in the upcoming indie Echo Lake, which is currently in post-production. Her television credits include Mad Men, CSI: Cyber, Grey’s Anatomy and General Hospital. Weatherup is perhaps most well known for her role on the hit webseries Squaresville, which she acts in and produced. The series garnered millions of views and was featured in USA Today, LA Times, Forbes, Huffington Post and appeared on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List” as well as the cover of Variety.

SEAN WRIGHT (Cast, "Riley"/SCA Alumnus)

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Sean Wright spent much of his youth growing up in Huntsville, Alabama. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Alabama-Birmingham before moving to Los Angeles and graduating from USC's School of Cinematic Arts with a concentration on writing and directing. Sean jokingly wears many hats for his participation in bringing to life the low budget feature Bread and Butter. Along with his role as Riley and co-story credit, Sean spent every day on set, working tasks such as boom operator, driver for talent, and even choreographer for sequences later left on the cutting room floor.


Joanna Cherensky is a former Co-Chair of the USC Women of Cinematic Arts alumni group and a current Alumni Advisory Board member. Since graduating from USC Cinema’s MFA Writing program, Joanna has studied Improv at Upright Citizens Brigade, performed stand-up at The Comedy Store and moderated many panels at USC, interviewing such esteemed guests as Independent film producer, Lynette Howell; screenwriter Dana Fox and Orange is the New Black creator, Jenji Kohan. 

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 Spring 2015 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 exclusively to USC Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni. 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 Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

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