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December 2, 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

Movies We Love and Warner Bros. invite you and a guest to a special screening of

The Karate Kid (1984)

Directed by John G. Avildsen
Written by Robert Kamen
Produced by Jerry Weintraub

Followed by a Q&A with John G. Avildsen, Randee Heller, Martin Kove, and Billy Zabka
7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


About The Karate Kid (1984)

Daniel (Ralph Macchio) moves to Southern California with his mother, Lucille (Randee Heller), but quickly finds himself the target of a group of bullies who study karate at the Cobra Kai dojo. Fortunately, Daniel befriends Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), an unassuming repairman who just happens to be a martial arts master himself. Miyagi takes Daniel under his wing, training him in a more compassionate form of karate and preparing him to compete against the brutal Cobra Kai.

Provided courtesy of Warner Bros. Rated PG. Running time: 126 minutes.


About the Guests


Academy Award-winning director, John G. Avildsen is most noted for directing “ROCKY”, “THE KARATE KID” and “THE KARATE KID, II” – three of the most popular movies ever made. The first of three in a series, “THE KARATE KID” grossed more than $100 million dollars.

Born in Oak Park, Illinois, and raised in New York, Avildsen attended New York University wile working at an advertising agency. In 1961, after two years of military service, Avildsen was hired as Assistant Director on “THE GREENWICH VILLAGE STORY”. Over the next few years, Avildsen took on various film production assignments on such films as; “BLACK LIKE ME” (1984, Asst. to the Director), “MICKEY ONE” (1965, Production Mngr), Otto Preminger’s “HURRY SUNDOWN” (1967, 2nd Unit Director) and “OUT OF IT”, starring Jon Voight (1969, Associate Producer and Director of Photography).

In 1967 Avildsen directed and photographed his first feature, “TURN ON TO LOVE”. This was followed the next year by the comedy “GUESS WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED IN SCHOOL TODAY?” which he also co-scripted, photographed and edited. His next picture, the controversial “JOE”, became the biggest grossing independent film of 1970 and launched the careers of both Susan Sarandon and Peter Boyle.

It is noteworthy that Avildsen’s filmmaking background has led him to continue to function on many projects as cameraman and film editor, as well as director. Additionally, on all his features until “SAVE THE TIGER”, he served as his own Director of Photography. Avildsen followed “JOE” with “SWEET DREAMS” (1971). The Director’s next project would be the quirky private-eye spoof, “CRY UNCLE!” (1971) and “THE STOOLIE” with Jackie Mason (1972).

Avildsen received wide acclaim for “SAVE THE TIGER” (1972). This starred Jack Lemmon, who won Academy Award for his performance as a soul searching garment manufacturer. Next, Avildsen directed Burt Reynolds in the musical comedy, “W.W. AND THE DIXIE DANCEKINGS” (1973) and “INAUGURAL BAL” (1975) starring Zero Mostel.

Avildsen went on to direct Sylvester Stallone in “ROCKY” which won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Editor. Avildsen won the 1976 Oscar for Best Director. “SLOW DANCING IN THE BIG CITY” (1978) was Avildsen’s next film and was followed by “THE FORMULA” (1980) starring George C. Scott, Marlon Brando and Marthe Keller. In 1981 he direcred “NEIGHBORS”, an off-beat comedy starring John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Cathy Moriarty. “A NIGHT IN HEAVEN” (1983) that starred Leslie Ann Warren and Christopher Atkins, followed. He next directed a documentary about Roger Baldwin, the founder of the ACLU, called “TRAVELING HOPEFULLY”, which won an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary.

RANDEE HELLER (Actress, "Lucille LaRusso")

Randee Heller grew up in New York and, at age seven, informed her mom that she had entered herself in the Lyons Club Talent Show. She placed second. Undeterred, the next year she placed first. Twelve years later, she made her New York debut in Godspell, then soon joined the cast of Grease as Rizzo on Broadway. Besides acting, she also showcased her musical talents singing with Top 40 bands in the New York area. A television series written by Joan Rivers brought her to Los Angeles.

In L.A., she soon became a series regular on the groundbreaking Soap playing the very first lesbian on network television. She went on to play guest starring roles on Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers and Sisters, Nip/Tuck, ER, The Mentalist, Modern Family and hundreds of other shows and was a recurring character on Judging Amy, In Plain Sight and Wilfrid. Film roles include Bullworth, Monster-­in-­Law and The Freddie Prinz Story.

Adept at both comedy and drama, she considers herself fortunate to have played two iconic roles in contemporary American entertainment: Lucille LaRusso, Ralph Macchio’s mother in The Karate Kid and Ida Blankenship, Don Draper’s secretary in Mad Men, for which she received an Emmy nomination.

Onstage in Los Angeles, she has appeared in Uncommon Women and Others, Bermuda Avenue Triangle and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. She also had the good fortune to play Barbra Streisand’s mother during Ms. Streisand’s Timeless 2000 World Tour.

Randee is the mother of two wonderful daughters, Sloane Heller, founder of Sloane Heller Communications, a PR consulting Dirm in Kansas City, and Cody Heller, creator, writer and producer of the Hulu Plus hit show, Deadbeat.

And in the greatest role of her life, she is grandma to Ryland and Maya.

MARTIN KOVE (Actor, "Kreese")

Bio coming soon.

BILLY ZABKA (Actor, "Johnny")

Bio coming soon.

About Movies We Love -- A message from Timothy Dowling, USC Alum, Screenwriter, and SCA Representative on the USC Board of Governors

One of the my favorite things about going to USC was in film classes occasionally you’d see a movie that you’d never seen before or one you’d never seen on the big screen and then it would become one of your favorite movies for the rest of your life.

One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles is that occasionally we get to see great movies up on the big screen and occasionally have those that made the films come and speak. This is something really unique to our city and doesn’t really happen anywhere else in the world.

So when the Cinema School asked me to represent them on the Alumni Board of Governors, the first thing I wanted to do was start a program at the school where we show great movies that we love and get people that worked on them to come to campus and speak about them.

It’s called MOVIES WE LOVE. And the hope is to just show you movies that we love that maybe you love also or have never seen or never seen on the big screen.

Hope to see you there. And FIGHT ON,

Timothy Dowling

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid photo 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 $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

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