August 15, 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

The SCA Alumni Screening Series and Simpatico Films invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Hit Men

Written and Directed by SCA Alumnus Luke Pennington
Produced by SCA Alumnus William S. Goldstein
Executive Produced by Taylor Wendt
Followed by a Q&A with Luke Pennington, William S. Goldstein, and Taylor Wendt
7:00 P.M. on Monday, August 15th, 2016

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



About Hit Men

Hit Men [Official Trailer] from Simpatico Films on Vimeo.

A Beckettian-tinged examination of Hollywood, artistry, and ownership concerning a drug-addled writer and his ex-boyfriend who, with prodding from their image obsessed manager, reluctantly agree to pen the next hit song for a teen ‘it’ girl – whom they hate – in order to get their pet project produced.

Provided courtesy of Simpatico Films. Not rated. Running time: 88 minutes.

Visit the Official Website: https://hitmenfilm2016.com/
Visit the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hitmenmovie/


About the Guests

LUKE PENNINGTON (Writer/Director, SCA Alumnus)

Luke Pennington is an Assistant Professor of Film at Western Kentucky University where he teaches film production, screenwriting, and directing. Luke is currently under contract as screenwriter with Taken Films (The Reign - IndieWire Project of the Month, April) and preparing a second feature through Simpatico Films as writer-director (The Professor, The Con Man, and The Day The Green Orb Showed Up in The Field).

WILLIAM S. GOLDSTEIN (Producer, SCA Alumnus)

William is a Los Angeles based producer, writer, and director who hails from the tranquil suburbia of Scottsdale, Arizona. He completed his MFA in Film Production at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. He has co-written and directed the Colombian feature film Piloto which has since earned distribution, and produced the upcoming independent film, Hit Men. His latest feature film, The Reign, was recently awarded Indiewire's Project of the Month for April 2016.

TAYLOR WENDT (Executive Producer)

Taylor Wendt is the co-owner of Simpatico Films, where she serves as executive producer, story editor, and colorist. She will act as producer and editor for Simpatico's second feature film (The Professor, The Con Man, and The Day The Green Orb Showed Up in The Field).

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 2016. 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.

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

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