RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
April 11, 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
The USC School of Cinematic Arts, 20th Century Fox, and USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative, invite you and a guest to attend a special screening of
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Directed by Rupert Wyatt
Screenplay by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark,
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.
Presented as part of 50 Years of Planet of the Apes
A Visions & Voices Exhibit and Film Retrospective at the USC School of Cinematic Arts
Followed by “Business of the Planet of the Apes”,
a Panel Discussion Featuring:
Roger Alford, Webmaster of TheForbiddenZone.net
Schawn Belston, EVP of Media and Library Services, 20th Century Fox
Gary Gerani, Author of Planet of the Apes: The Original Topps Trading Card Series
Dafna Pleban, POTA Comics Editor at BOOM! Studios
Steve Tzirlin, VP, Creative Content - Franchise Management, 20th Century Fox
BOOM! Studios will be giving away FREE COMICS, including the first issue of PLANET OF THE APES URSUS, at the end of the panel discussion!
Copies of Planet of the Apes: The Original Topps Trading Card Series and Issues of POTA Fanzine Simian Scrolls will also be given out to fans who ask questions during the panel discussion!
About Rise of the Planet of the Apes
An epic and intimate account of the first stages of humanity's downfall, Rise of the Planet of the Apes tells the story of Caesar (Andy Serkis), a chimpanzee who gains humanlike intelligence and emotions from an experimental drug. Marked for death in the lab, Caesar is rescued by the drug's creator (James Franco), who raises him in secret as a human child - until he is taken from the humans he loves, imprisoned, and reminded that he can never be the equal of a human. Seeking freedom, Caesar assembles an army of apes and breaks out of captivity, putting man and primate on a collision course that will change the planet forever.
Provided courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Rated PG-13. Running time: 105 minutes.
About the Guests
ROGER ALFORD (Webmaster, TheForbiddenZone.net)
Roger Alford is the webmaster of The Forbidden Zone (theforbiddenzone.net), one of the oldest and most popular Planet of the Apes fan sites. He has worked with multiple companies to promote the franchise, include 20th Century Fox Home Video, Fox Movie Channel, and Del Rey books. A life-long Apes fan, he still uses his vintage Planet of the Apes trashcan from 1974. He has had the privilege of interviewing actress Linda Harrison (Nova), Screenwriters/Producers Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise, Dawn, and War for the Planet of the Apes), and author Joe Russo (Planet of the Apes Revisited).
Roger also created the popular mash-up video, The Twilight Zone: Planet of the Apes, which re-imagined the original film as a 30 min. B&W episode of the iconic series, complete with Rod Serling narration. The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree called it “great fun” and said it “genuinely plays like a TWILIGHT ZONE episode.”
Roger grew up in North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina with a BA in Radio, Television and Motion Pictures. He also writes under the imprint of Black Hood Press. His novels include The Black Spectre series and the Veronica Mars FBI series (Kindle Worlds).
SCHAWN BELSTON (EVP of Media and Library Services, 20th Century Fox)
Schawn Belston is Executive Vice President of Media and Library Services at Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. He helped start the Film Preservation program at Twentieth Century Fox in 1997. This program has expanded in commitment and scope over the years, and currently includes the management of all film and television assets, photographs, posters, and props produced by Fox. During his tenure, the studio has restored many notable films, including ALL THAT JAZZ, THE GRAPES OF WRATH, THE SAND PEBBLES, LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Additionally, Schawn oversees the on-lot Fox Media Services facility responsible for digital file mastering and delivery for current TV and Film product, as well as the Enterprise Localization and Metadata groups.
GARY GERANI (Author of Planet of the Apes: The Original Topps Trading Card Series)
Gary Gerani, author of the Star Wars Topps series, is a screenwriter, author, noted film and TV historian, and children’s product developer. He is best known as the co-writer of the film Pumpkinhead; the author of the book Fantastic Television; and the creator, editor, and writer of literally hundreds of Topps trading card sets since 1972. He lives in California.
DAFNA PLEBAN (BOOM! Studios POTA Comics Editor)
Bafna Pleban is a comic book editor with BOOM! Studios, and has worked on Planet of the Apes comics for over 7 years. She's also worked on everything from Lumberjanes to Power Rangers and definitely has a difficult time explaining to her Jewish mother exactly what it is she does. She's now well-versed at explaining the difference between the comics in the newspaper and the ones you buy in the store to relatives over the age of 60.
STEVE TZIRLIN (VP, Creative Content - Franchise Management, 20th Century Fox)
Steve Tzirlin is the Vice President, Creative Content for Franchise Management at 20th Century Fox. In this role, Tzirlin collaborates with each division of the studio to strategically expand the universe of the Planet of the Apes, Alien and Predator franchises through ancillary platform content such as virtual reality, video games, short films, comic books, novels, consumer products and more. Tzirlin is responsible for developing story, maintaining canon integrity and growing fan engagement. Previously Tzirlin was a producer at 20th Century Fox after many years at Lucasfilm where he worked with George Lucas and Rick McCallum to develop all Star Wars television, film and gaming properties. Tzirlin lives with his wife and son in Manhattan Beach, CA.
About 50 Years of Planet of the Apes Exhibit & Film Retrospective
The USC School of Cinematic Arts has partnered with 20th Century Fox Film to host an exclusive exhibit and retrospective celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Planet of the Apes franchise titled 50 Years of Planet of the Apes.
A vast collection of props, costumes, photos, posters and artwork from across all iterations of the longstanding franchise will be on display in the Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall at USC this spring. The exhibit will be available to visit as a work-in-progress from January 26th - February 8th and all final displays will be open from February 9th through May 13th, 2018. A series of panels and screenings will complement the exhibit, including all feature films from the Planet of the Apes universe.
The exhibit is in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the 1968 release of the first Planet of the Apes film, the original installment of the still expanding franchise that now includes four sequels, a TV series, an animated series, comic books, merchandise, and 20th Century Fox Film’s highly successful prequel film series Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and War for the Planet of the Apes.
50 Years of Planet of the Apes is funded by USC Visions & Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, and is free and open to the public. The Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall is located in the lobby of the George Lucas Building at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007, and will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M., and Saturday & Sunday from 12:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Produced by Alessandro Ago for the USC School of Cinematic Arts, in collaboration with Sandra Garcia-Myers, and Chris Castelonia for 20th Century Fox Film.
Learn more about the calendar of events at: http://cinema.usc.edu/Apes
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.
This program is generously sponsored by
For more information about upcoming programming and events offered by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, please visit their website.
Name: Alessandro Ago