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March 22, 2016, 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, USC Comedy, and Paramount Pictures, invite you and a guest to a special screening of

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)


Directed by David Zucker
Written by Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Pat Proft, and David Zucker
Produced by Robert K. Weiss

Followed by a Q&A with David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, Moderated by SCA Alumnus Timothy Dowling

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

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



About The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

Seeking vengeance when his partner is shot full of holes by drug dealers, Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) searches for the Mister Big behind it all. Drebin suspects above-reproach shipping magnate Vincent Ludwig, but he can't prove a thing. Bumped from the force by the mayor, Drebin, with the unexpected assistance of Ludwig's ex-girlfriend, manages to nab the bad guy at a baseball game, where Reggie Jackson has been programmed to assassinate Queen Elizabeth.

Provided courtesy of Paramount Pictures. Rated PG-13. Running time: 85 minutes.

About the Guests

DAVID ZUCKER (Director/Writer)

With worldwide box office hits such as “Airplane!” “Ruthless People,” three “Naked Guns”, “Phone Booth,” “A Walk In the Clouds,” and the record-breaking “Scary Movie 3 and 4,” all to his credit, director/producer/writer David Zucker has become one of Hollywood’s most successful comedy filmmakers.

Starting out after college with a borrowed video tape deck and camera, he, brother Jerry and friend Jim Abrahams created The Kentucky Fried Theater in the back of a bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin.  Moving their hit show to Los Angeles in 1972, they became, in five years, the most successful small theater group in Los Angeles history.

In 1977, ZAZ scored their first movie hit with their independent feature, “Kentucky Fried Movie,”  But it was in 1980 that David, Jerry, and Jim hit on an idea that would create a whole new film genre.  “Airplane!” broke all conventions by featuring dramatic actors like Robert Stack and Peter Graves performing zany dialogue with straight-laced sincerity.  The spoof became the surprise hit of 1980, and after the cult classic “Top Secret!,” spawned the hit movies, "Ruthless People,” and “The Naked Gun,”  after which David went on to create two more “Naked Guns,” “A Walk in The Clouds” and “Phone Booth,”  After directing the comedy classic, “BASEketball,”  starring South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone, David was tapped by Dimension Pictures to revitalize the “Scary Movie” comedy franchise. The result was two more blockbusters. "Scary Movie 3" remains to this day the biggest October comedy opening ever. Currently, David is writing a spoof of Film Noir, “The Star of Malta,”  and hoping to get a return phone call from his agent.


Jerry Zucker began his career in collaboration with his brother, David Zucker, and Jim Abrahams when they formed their production company, known as ZAZ. The team wrote and directed, AIRPLANE! and TOP SECRET. They also directed RUTHLESS PEOPLE starring Bette Midler and Danny De Vito and wrote and produced KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE. They created the popular feature THE NAKED GUN starring Leslie Nielsen, based on their television series POLICE SQUAD!
Jerry also directed GHOST, starring Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, and Patrick Swayze; FIRST KNIGHT starring Sean Connery, Richard Gere, and Julia Ormond; and the comedy RAT RACE with Rowan Atkinson, John Cleese, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Jon Lovitz. As a producer, Zucker’s work includes A WALK IN THE CLOUDS, starring Keanu Reeves; MY LIFE starring Michael Keaton and Nicole Kidman; MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING, starring Julia Roberts; FAIR GAME starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, MENTAL, starring Toni Collette and Anthony LaPaglia, and DEAR DUMB DIARY based on the popular children’s book series by Jim Benton.

In 2008, Jerry and his wife Janet launched the “Science and Entertainment Exchange” in collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. The goal of The Exchange is to use the vehicle of popular entertainment media to deliver powerful and positive messages about the importance of science.

TIMOTHY DOWLING (Moderator/SCA Alumnus)

Timothy Dowling is a graduate of the School of Theatre at the University of Southern California. As an actor he was in the films: The Beautician and the Beast, Dr. Benny, and Terminator 3. As a screenwriter he was named one of Variety's Ten Writers to Watch and listed last year in Fade In's Top 100 People In Hollywood. He has written the films Role Models, Just Go With It, and This Means War, as well as the recent Pixels directed by Chris Columbus and starring Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad, and the forthcoming Another Midnight Run starring Robert De Niro. Timothy is also on the Board of the USC School of Cinematic Arts as well as being their representative on the USC Alumni Board of Governors. In 2012 he proudly donated a Urinal to the School that bears his name.

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 USC 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 Ave. 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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