March 1, 2018, 7:00 PM
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 SCA Alumni Screening Series, USC Comedy, and The Orchard invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of
Directed by Max Winkler ’06
Written by Max Winkler & Matt Spicer ’06 and Alex McAulay
Produced by Eric B. Fleischman ’12, Sean Tabibian, and Brandon James
Associate Produced by Alyssa Murphy ’15
Followed by an all-alumni Q&A with Max Winkler, Matt Spicer, Eric B. Fleischman, and Alyssa Murphy
7:00 PM on Thursday, March 1st, 2018
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Tribeca Film Festival 2017, U.S. Narrative Competition
In select theaters March 16th, 2018.
Rebellious, quick-witted Erica Vandross (Zoey Deutch) is a 17-year-old firecracker living with her single mom Laurie (Kathryn Hahn) and mom's new boyfriend Bob (Tim Heidecker) in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley. When Bob's mentally unbalanced son Luke (Joey Morgan) arrives from rehab to live with the family, Erica finds her domestic and personal life overwhelmed. With Luke and her sidekicks Kala (Dylan Gelula) and Claudine (Maya Eshet) in tow, Erica acts out by exposing a dark secret of high-school teacher Will (Adam Scott), with perilous results; their teenage kicks become a catalyst for growing up in unexpected and unpredictable ways. Mixing dark comedy and teenage angst writer-director Max Winkler (CEREMONY) and co-writer Matt Spicer (INGRID GOES WEST) re-imagine an unproduced script by Alex McAulay, creating a star vehicle for blossoming talent Zoey Deutch (BEFORE I FALL, WHY HIM?) and elevating the teen movie to new heights.
Presented courtesy of The Orchard. Runtime: 90 minutes. English. Rated R
About the guests
MAX WINKLER ’06 (Director)
As a young filmmaker, Max Winkler possesses an original and distinctive cinematic voice, astutely portraying the struggles and recklessness of youth.
Most recently, Max directed the feature film FLOWER, starring Zoey Deutch, Adam Scott, and Kathryn Hahn. A dark love letter to his teenage years in the Valley, FLOWER is a coming of age story that tracks the unorthodox bond between a sexually curious teen (Deutch) and her mentally unstable stepbrother. The film premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and will be released on March 16, 2018 by The Orchard.
Previously, Winkler made his feature directorial debut, CEREMONY, through Magnolia Pictures in 2011. The film originally premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. CEREMONY, which Winkler directed and wrote, stars Uma Thurman, Michael Angarano, and Lee Pace. Angarano plays an idealistic young man who decides to crash the wedding of a woman (Thurman) he's become infatuated with and win her back. Jason Reitman, Academy Award nominated filmmaker, produced the film.
Winkler has also recently directed several episodes of Fox’s hit comedies “New Girl” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as well as Netflix’s “Lady Dynamite,” and Hulu’s “Casual.” In 2013, Winkler started production company The Walcott Company at 20th Century Fox TV alongside New Girl’s Jake Johnson, developing projects for both film and television.
Additionally, with writing partner Matt Spicer, Winkler adapted and is attached to direct Mick Conefrey's THE ADVENTURER'S HANDBOOK, with Jonah Hill. The pair will also executive produce the film, alongside Hill, for Universal. Together the pair has also written THE ORNATE ANATOMY OF LIVING THINGS for Fox Searchlight, WHISPERS IN BEDLAM, and is writing the reboot of THE ROCKETEER for Disney.
A graduate of USC film school, a filmmakers’ grant allowed Winkler and his schoolmates to make their short film, THE KING OF CENTRAL PARK. Winkler first drew industry attention when the film was selected for several film festivals, which established him as a filmmaker to watch. Winkler directed and produced “Clark and Michael,” the 10-episode web series, produced by CBS, starred Michael Cera and Clark Duke. The mockumentary series focused on two overly-confident aspiring producers who believe their own hype regarding their 'amazing' idea for a television show, but in actuality, do very little to have their idea become a reality.
MATT SPICER ’06 (Writer, Producer)
A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Matt Spicer's short film IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S ME, starring Gillian Jacobs, premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. His first feature, INGRID GOES WEST, starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen, premiered in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and received two Independent Spirit Award nominations for “Best First Screenplay” and “Best First Feature.” Upcoming projects include Disney's sequel to THE ROCKETEER which he will co-write with Max Winkler.
ERIC B. FLEISCHMAN ’12 (Producer)
Eric B. Fleischman was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Maryland. A 2012 graduate of the University of Southern California's undergad film production program, his curiosity led him to Paramount's (at the time) newly-founded Insurge division and then to another (at the time) up-and-coming producer on the Paramount lot, Jason Blum (The Purge, Get Out). Upon graduating, Fleischman began working at Blumhouse Productions, intent on finding a way to employ the micro-budget horror model for genre films in the independent space.
After being a part of twelve feature films under the Blum banner, Fleischman ventured out on his own, co-founding Diablo Entertainment in 2014. Diablo enjoyed vast success with films like Sundance’s CARNAGE PARK and SLEIGHT and TriBeCa’s FLOWER before Fleischman left to start Defiant Studios. He has independently produced nineteen feature films to date, and was recently included in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for 2018’s Hollywood & Entertainment List.
ALYSSA MURPHY ’15 (Associate Producer)
Alyssa Murphy graduated from USC in 2015, with a B.S. from USC Marshall’s interdisciplinary Business Cinematic Arts program, and a minor in screenwriting. During her tenure as an undergraduate student, Alyssa was a founding member of the School of Cinematic Arts' USC Comedy program, where she worked alongside faculty principals Jack Epps, Jr., David Isaacs, and Barnet Kellman to develop classes and extracurricular events with an emphasis on the creation of comedic entertainment.
Alyssa is currently a development and production executive at Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, and Jody Hill’s production company, Rough House Pictures. Most recently, she worked on Jonathan Watson’s comedic thriller ARIZONA, starring Danny McBride and Rosemarie DeWitt, which premiered in the Midnight section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
About USC Comedy
USC Comedy, now in its seventh year, provides a one-of-a-kind educational experience for university students of all levels. The program offers instruction in the writing, directing, production as well as the history and theory of comedy. Students work with a distinguished, award-winning faculty of comedy professionals to discover and develop their comedic voices, while getting unrivaled access to the field through workshops, internships, demonstrations and screenings and festivals.
For more, visit cinema.usc.edu/comedy
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 2018. 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 either a printed or digital confirmation of your reservation, 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.
Limited handicap seating is available. For guests with disabilities who require special accommodations, please contact Matthew Meier at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: "Accommodations Request -- FLOWER."
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 McClintock Avenue Entrance (formerly Gate #5) or Royal Street Entrance (formerly Gate #4) on W. Jefferson Blvd. We recommend parking in the Royal Street Parking Structure (formerly PSD), at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd, with limited non-metered spaces also available north of Jefferson and throughout the surrounding neighborhood. Especially if you plan to utilize street parking, we HIGHLY recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before the screening, as parking can be difficult to find and it may take time to walk to the theater from your parking space.
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Name: Matthew Meier