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January 19, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office], Black Elephant Productions, and Casual Productions present the

World Premiere of Spreading Darkness

Directed by Josh Eisenstadt
Written by Josh Eisenstadt and Aaron Pope
Produced by Esther Goodstein
Cinematography by Will Barratt
Production Design by David Dean Ebert
Casting by Mary E. Fry
Sound Design by John Neff
Edited by Duwayne Dunham and Mathias Hilger
Costume Design by Zainab Outlaw

Starring Eric Roberts, John Savage, Dominique Swain,
James Duval, Robert Davi, Louis Mandylor,
Rena Riffel, Musetta Vander, Irene Bedard,
Robert Donavan, Shayla Beesley, Brian Graves,
Elissa Dowling, and Nataliya Joy Prieto


7:00 P.M. on Friday, January 19th, 2018

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


The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Cast & Crew.

About Spreading Darkness

A corrupt CEO grows increasingly paranoid that he is being stalked by his former victims and a psychiatrist who rewards patients with pink socks. As bullets fly and bodies fall, sex and violence wreak havoc, can he do the right thing?

Darkness is calling…Alarms shriek as the sexy, pistol-packing Harriet Skelp and her eccentric partner Otto Jeter search out a mysterious technology.

Businessman, Stu Undercoffler (Eric Roberts) receives some very bad advice that will take him from upstanding entrepreneur to ruthless racketeer. His dealings become shady, his methods unconscionable. Stu finds the riches he seeks but has no idea that–Darkness has started to spread. It’s gone viral, infecting everyone Stu comes in contact with, the darkness has taken root. And once it begins, it’s impossible to stop. Suicides, cars wrecked, madness, killers stalking the streets of Los Angeles.

Darkness is all around. And on one fateful night, it will come full-circle, winding it’s way back around to Stu as he’s called to task for his evil deeds. As bullets fly and bodies fall, sex and violence wreak havoc, and the viral infection reaches epidemic levels. Those who let the shadowy doom into their hearts are no longer just victims, they are carriers.

They are…Spreading Darkness.

Provided courtesy of Black Elephant Productions and Casual Productions. Not Rated. Running time: 99 minutes.

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About the Filmmaker

JOSH EISENSTADT (Writer, Director)

Josh Eisenstadt is a native of Los Angeles and an intrepid movie director who has completed four feature films of his own vision.

While completing his Bachelors Degree at UCLA, Josh conceived Specter’s Rock, a self-funded Supernatural Thriller with a cast of sixty five actors including Kevin Grevioux who created Underworld. Josh’s second film, Red Lightning, is a Psychological Thriller which takes place in the jaded world of stock brokerage which co-starred Irina Bjorkland, George Clooney’s girlfriend in The American.

With his third film, Josh went up to over a million dollar budget to complete the thirty-five millimeter feature film Dark Reel, a Supernatural Horror Mystery starring Edward Furlong (Terminator 2, American History X), Lance Henriksen (Alien, Millennium) and Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination), with a cameo by Rick Baker (seven-time Oscar-winner for special effects makeup). Dark Reel was released in just about every country in the world after playing in multiple film festivals worldwide and garnering several awards. Dark Reel's US release included Redbox, Blockbuster and Hollywood Video among other venues and stores.

The fourth feature by Josh is Spreading Darkness, a Revenge Tragedy starring Eric Roberts, John Savage, Dominique Swain (Lolita and Face/Off) and Robert Davi (License to Kill, Die Hard) which is being released in January 2018 in retail stores, VOD, cable and SVOD in the United States. Releases in other countries will be announced throughout the year.

In addition to his feature film work, Josh completed and edited the 35mm short, Inner Balance, whose cinematographer was Eric Steelberg, the DP of Juno and Up in the Air. The lead actor is Dana Ashbrook  (Bobby Briggs in Twin Peaks). Josh is also considered by many to be one of the world’s authorities on Twin Peaks and was an integral part of the Season One and Two DVD Extras.

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

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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 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