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Movies We Love Presents: An Evening with Chris Columbus and HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (2002)

May 23, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Movies We Love and Warner Bros. Pictures invite you and a guest to attend

An Evening with Chris Columbus and
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Directed by Chris Columbus
Screenplay by Steve Kloves
Produced by David Heyman and Chris Columbus

Followed by a Q&A with Chris Columbus
Moderated by SCA Alumnus Timothy Dowling

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007


About Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Cars fly, trees fight back and a mysterious house-elf comes to warn Harry Potter at the start of the second year of his amazing journey into the world of wizardry. This year at Hogwarts, spiders talk, letters scold and Harry’s own unsettling ability to speak to snakes turns his friends against him. From Dueling Clubs to rogue Bludgers, it’s a year of adventure and danger when bloody writing on a wall announces: “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened.” Saving Hogwarts will require all of Harry’s, Ron’s and Hermione?s magical abilities and courage.

Provided courtesy of Warner Bros. Rated PG. Running time: 161 minutes.

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About the Guests

CHRIS COLUMBUS (Director, Producer)

For over twenty-five years, Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Chris Columbus has written, directed and produced some of the industry’s most successful box-office hits, establishing him as a major force in contemporary Hollywood. Along with being a prominent figure in film, Columbus is also a New York Times best-selling author. His novel, House of Secrets, the first iteration of an epic new fantasy series, was published in April 2013 to rave reviews and quickly rose to the top of the charts.
Columbus and his daughter, Eleanor Columbus, launched Maiden Voyage Productions in 2014. The duo’s first film, Sara Colangelo’s Little Accidents starring Elizabeth Banks, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Amplify in January 2015. They followed up with Robert Eggers’ The Witch, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and was acquired by A24 for a 2015 release. Also in 2015, Maiden Voyage produced Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea, a feature based on the Venice Film Festival short A Chjana, that premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. In 2016 they released Sian Heder’s Tallulah starring Ellen Page, Allison Janey, and Zachary Quinto. Maiden Voyage’s Patti Cake$ became the breakout star of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, finally selling to Fox Searchlight after a heated bidding war.
In 2011, Columbus released the blockbuster hit The Help starring Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Sissy Spacek, Jessica Chastain and Viola Davis under his 1492 Pictures banner. At the 84th Academy Awards®, The Help garnered four nominations, including two for Best Supporting Actress and one for Best Picture. Octavia Spencer won the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of the character Minny Jackson. To date, the film has grossed over $212 million worldwide.
Columbus is the masterful filmmaker behind several of the most revered and successful literary adaptations of the Harry Potter series. As the director of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first picture based on J.K. Rowling’s monumentally successful book series, Columbus delivered a film that was equally satiating to both readers and fans, while capturing the essence of the beloved characters. He cast newcomers Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in the leading roles, demonstrating his facility for nurturing and cultivating young talent. The film triumphed at the box office and Columbus followed the film as director and producer of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in 2002, and as producer of the third film of the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, in 2005. All three films went on to collectively gross over $2.6 billion worldwide.
Columbus produced the highly successful family/adventure comedy Night at the Museum and its two sequels, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Other film credits include: the 2005 screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical, RENT; Stepmom, starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon; Nine Months with Hugh Grant and Julianne Moore; Mrs. Doubtfire, starring Robin Williams and Sally Field; Only the Lonely based on his original screenplay; as well as the classic hits Home Alone, and Home Alone 2: Lost In New York.
In Hollywood, Columbus first gained prominence by writing several original scripts produced by Steven Spielberg, including the back-to-back hits Gremlins and The Goonies, both of which became decade-defining films that intertwined high notes of offbeat, edgy, often outrageous humor against more classic adventure-thriller backdrops. These screenwriting achievements led Columbus to direct his first feature, Adventures in Babysitting, starring Elisabeth Shue.
Growing up outside Youngstown, Ohio, Columbus originally aspired to be a commercial artist, spending years studying art and interested in drawing for comics. He eventually made the connection between comic books and movie storyboards and graduated from NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts where he sold his first script, Jocks.

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.

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