CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium Open House, featuring a Sneak Preview Screening of DOWNSIZING and Q&A with Writer/Director Alexander Payne

December 7, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

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

The School of Cinematic Arts invites USC students of ALL MAJORS to a special OPEN HOUSE for

CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium

Featuring a Sneak Preview Screening of Downsizing
and Q&A with Writer/Director Alexander Payne

Hosted by Professor Leonard Maltin

7:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

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



This is a special Open House class session of CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium, and priority access & seating will be given to all students registered in the class.

About CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium

CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium is a four-unit elective class open for enrollment to ALL USC STUDENTS OF ANY MAJOR that brings you face-to-face with leading film directors, writers, producers, and actors working today. Each week, students watch sneak previews of upcoming Hollywood movies, followed by an exclusive Q&A with the creative team behind the film. The class is taught by film critic LEONARD MALTIN and meets every Thursday night from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. in the Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex.


Kingsman: The Golden Circle, American Made, Mudbound, Coco, Thor: Ragnarok, The Disaster Artist, Only the Brave, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Colossal, Life, I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore, Ghost in the Shell, Moana, La La Land, Dr. Strange, Hacksaw Ridge, Girl on the Train, Other People.

Recent guests include: Taika Waititi, Lee Unkrich, Alexander Payne, Ryan Coogler, Patricia Riggen, Damien Chazelle, Kevin Feige, Melanie Lynskey, Adam Scott, JJ Abrams, James Franco, Sylvester Stallone, Bryan Cranston, Jason Segel, Martin Landau, and Charlie Kaufman.

Find CTCS-466 on the Spring 2018 Schedule of Classes:

About Downsizing

When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.

Directed by Alexander Payne. Written by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor. Produced by Alexander Payne, Jim Burke, Jim Taylor, Megan Ellison, and Mark Johnson.

Provided courtesy of Paramount Pictures. Running time: 135 minutes.

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About Alexander Payne

ALEXANDER PAYNE (Director/Writer/Producer) grew up in Omaha. He studied History and Spanish Literature at Stanford before earning an MFA in Film at UCLA.

He has made seven feature films— CITIZEN RUTH (1996), ELECTION (1999), ABOUT SCHMIDT (2002), SIDEWAYS (2004), THE DESCENDANTS (2011), NEBRASKA (2013) and DOWNSIZING (2017). He has won two Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay. He serves on the boards of the Film Foundation and Film Streams, a cinematheque in Omaha. Four of his six feature films were filmed in Nebraska, where he continues to live, dividing his time between there and Los Angeles.

About Professor Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin is one of the country’s most respected film historians. After establishing himself with a series of definitive books, including the annual paperback reference Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, he became known to an even wider audience as the film critic and historian on the television show Entertainment Tonight, where he worked for thirty years. He currently hosts the weekly program Maltin on Movies for ReelzChannel and introduces movies on Comcast. His books include Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, The 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, The Great Movie Comedians, The Disney Films, The Art of the Cinematographer, Movie Comedy Teams, The Great American Broadcast, Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide and Leonard Maltin’s Movie Encyclopedia.

He served two terms as President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and was appointed by the Librarian of Congress to sit on the Board of Directors of the National Film Preservation Foundation. He wrote, co-produced and hosted the popular Walt Disney Treasures DVD series, and has appeared on numerous television programs and documentaries. He holds court at his website, leonardmaltin.com, and publishes a quarterly newsletter, Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy.

Visit the Official Leonard Maltin website: http://leonardmaltin.com/
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Visit the Leonard Maltin YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/LeonardMaltin



Check-In & Reservations

This event is an Open House preview of CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium, and is open EXCLUSIVELY to current USC Students Only. RSVPs REQUIRED through this website. Please bring a valid USC ID for Check-In. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA events 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 Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex is located at 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

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