August 3, 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
The SCA Alumni Screening Series, Pan & Scan Pictures, and Haven Entertainment, invite you and a guest to a special screening of
Written by Seth Goldsmith and Charles Hood
Produced by Toby Louie,
Seth Goldsmith, and Charles Hood
Charles Hood and Seth Goldsmith,
and Actors Adam Pally and Rosa Salazar
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.
World Premiere: 2015 SXSW Film Festival
About Night Owls
Workaholic Kevin (Adam Pally) goes home with the beautiful train-wreck Madeline (Rosa Salazar) for a drunken one night stand, but he's horrified to discover she's actually his boss' jilted ex-mistress. After she takes a bottle of sleeping pills, Kevin is forced to keep her awake all night. As Madeline and Kevin banter through the night, they begin to fall for each other.
Provided courtesy of Pan & Scan Pictures and Haven Entertainment. Not rated. Running time: 92 minutes.
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About the Guests
CHARLES HOOD (Director/Co-Writer/SCA Alumnus)
After graduating from USC’s film school in 2005, Charles wrote and directed his first feature film, Freezer Burn, on a modest budget of $40,000. The movie played at twelve festivals, winning awards including “Best Feature”at Flint Film Festival, and was picked up for distribution by Vanguard Cinema. In 2009 and 2010, Charles worked as a staff writer for reality shows that aired on MTV and TV Land. Shortly thereafter, Charles shifted his focus to directing and co-writing two comedic shorts, Allison and First Kiss. Both films played the festival circuit, including Austin Film Festival and Rhode Island International Film Festival. First Kiss was awarded “Best Short Film”at Omaha Film Festival and took home the Audience Award for “Best of Festival”at the TriMedia Film Festival. In 2014, Charles directed his second feature, Night Owls, which he co-wrote with Seth Goldsmith. Like all of his movies, Night Owls is a character-driven comedy with a dark twist.
SETH GOLDSMITH (Co-Writer/SCA Alumnus)
Screenwriter and producer Seth graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and immediately began working as a writer and concept producer at Disney Interactive Studios. He moved on to write, direct, and produce video content at Broadcaster, and wrote comedy sketches featured on MTV’s Next Movie website. He’s also produced numerous award-winning short films and is currently repped along with writing partner Charles Hood at UTA and Haven. Night Owls, which he co-wrote with Mr. Hood (who also directed) is his first produced feature film. Along with Mr. Hood and Night Owls producer Toby Louie, Seth founded the full service production company Pan and Scan Pictures.
ADAM PALLY (Actor, "Kevin")
Hailing from New York, Adam Pally has quickly found his place as both actor and comedian in Hollywood. Pally is widely known for starring as Max Blum in the ABC comedy series Happy Endings. The show was a cult hit and lasted three seasons. In 2013, Pally joined the cast of The Mindy Project, as a series regular for the second season, playing the role of Peter Prentice and appearing in thirteen episodes of the third season. Pally will continue to make guest appearances on the show.
Since his departure from The Mindy Project, Pally has been making groundbreaking strides in his career. This January, Pally brought his signature style to late night TV as he guest hosted ‘The Late Late Show,’ with TV Guide citing him as “refreshingly offbeat” and “hilarious” while Entertainment Weekly raved that it was “one of the most delightfully bizarre hours of television to air in a while.” Adam is also currently filming “Dirty Grandpa” as the supporting lead alongside Robert de Niro and Zac Efron. The film is scheduled for release the summer of 2016. Last fall, Pally started his own production company, Clone Wolf Productions, and signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios under which he will create, write, and produce projects for broadcast, cable, and new media.
Pally recently completed production on three films. In Night Owls, which will be premiering at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, Adam costars with Rosa Salazar in this indie dramedy from director Charles Hood. Pally plays as a workaholic who has a drunken one-night stand with a beautiful train wreck (Rosa Salazar) — who he discovers to his horror is his boss’ jilted ex-mistress; in Search Party, a comedy that follows a pair of friends who embark on a mission to reunite their pal with the woman he was going to marry. The film also stars T.J. Miller and Krysten Ritter; and in Bad Boys Crazy Girls, an indie film that follows two close friends who are embarrassingly unlucky in love. Directed by Don Argott and Sheena Joyce from a script by Heather Maidat, Bad Boys Crazy Girls follows Jeff (Pally) and Anne, who embark on a journey of self-discovery when they decide to help each other become "bad" and "crazy." But soon their experiment in modifying their personalities leads to disastrous results.
Pally, and his writing partner, Gil Ozeri, recently sold an untitled comedy script to Disney. Adam McKay and Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions is set to produce along with Chris Henchy and Kevin Messick.
Pally’s film credits include the indie comedy A.C.O.D. with Amy Poehler and Adam Scott; The To Do List starring opposite Rachel Bilson and Andy Samberg; Monogamy, The Sophomore, Taking Woodstock and Solitary Man. Pally also had a cameo in the blockbuster film Iron Man 3 playing Gary the Cameraman.
His production team, Chubby Skinny Kids, with fellow UCB members Doug Mand and Dan Gregor, has developed numerous projects for television and the internet.
Pally has been a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade since 2003, and continues to both write and perform sketch comedy. Adams has written and performed in two long running sketch comedy shows at theatre with his sketch comedy group, Hot Sauce, an official selection and performer for the Montreal Just for Laugh’s Comedy Festival in 2007. He currently performs with DEATH BY ROO ROO.
Pally is a graduate of the New School in New York and currently resides in Los Angeles.
ROSA SALAZAR (Actor, "Madeline")
Born in Washington DC, Rosa studied in New York at HB Studios, before moving to LA at the age of 24.
Rosa's first major role in television came in the form of a season long arc on NBC's Parenthood, where she played a young woman struggling with the specter of an unwanted pregnancy. Her numerous television credits include recurring roles on American Horror Story and VH1's StevieTV, as well as guest starring roles on Ben and Kate, Law & Order: LA, and HBO's Hello, Ladies. Her voice over credits include the animated film EPIC, and the video game Arkham Asylum.
In 2015, Rosa Salazar will appear in The Divergent Series: Insurgent for Lionsgate, The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials for Twentieth Century Fox, Scot Armstrong’s comedy Search Party for Universal, May the Best Man Win which premiered earlier this year at SXSW, and the independent films Submerged and Night Owls – a dramedy in which she stars in the lead role opposite Adam Pally.
Rosa owns a home in Los Angeles, where she lives with her boyfriend and two dogs Gigi & Mindy.
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 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 #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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