March 8, 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 Alumni Screening Series invites you and a guest to a special screening of
Directed by SCA Alum Adrian A. Cruz
Written by and Starring Jacqueline Wright
Based on her award-winning stage play
Followed by a Q&A with Adrian A. Cruz and Jacqueline Wright
7:00 PM on Thursday, March 8th, 2018
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.
Playing March 2–8 at Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills
Available On Demand March 6
About Eat Me
An insightful, darkly humorous, and terrifying exploration of the extremity of human endurance, Eat Me is the story of Tommy (Jacqueline Wright), a despondent woman with nothing to live for, who attempts suicide on the same night Bob (Brad Carter) breaks into her house. Over the course of the night, they collide on a desperate and brutal journey, struggling to find a way out of the circumstances that brought them together.
Presented courtesy of the filmmaker. Runtime: 95 minutes. English. Rated R.
“Jacqueline Wright’s Eat Me is bold, unmerciful, horrifying, and a total knockout.”
— Critic’s Pick, Entertainment Today
“Wright sinks her teeth into Tommy like a hungry pit bull, fighting her fight without remorse every gritty step of the way.”
— Critic’s Pick, Backstage West
“Eat Me becomes a story about two ruined people finding a fleeting moment of peace in each other’s company. How they get there is a radical sleight of hand, and it owes its success mostly to the psychological detail in Wright’s script, her own comically nuanced performance and the rumbling background noise of a television stuck on afternoon reruns.”
— Pick of the Week, LA Weekly
“EAT ME dares to ask: what happens if the victim of a home invasion actually wants to die? With this one simple twist on the subgenre, [award-winning playwright Jacqueline] Wright creates a powerful new story…about the nature of darkness, morality, forgiveness, and strength.”
— Modern Horror, Highest Rated (tied) Release of 2018
** TRIGGER WARNING: This film deals with sexual assault, suicide, and survival and may prove upsetting to some viewers, but the filmmakers believe that only through an unflinchingly portrayal can these subjects be treated with the kind of nuance and honesty they deserve. Be advised. **
About the Guests
ADRIAN A. CRUZ (Director, Producer, Co-Editor, Alum)
Born to a Puerto Rican father and Scottish mother, Adrian lived all over the world before finally settling in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Southern California with dual degrees in Film and Theater. He cut his teeth in the LA Theater scene before working in the comic book industry, first as editor, then striking out on his own with his graphic novel series, Seed, and establishing his own comic book and film production company. He wrote and produced Splinter, starring Edward James Olmos and Tom Sizemore. Sold numerous pilots for television before finally co-creating ASCENSION for the SyFy Network. He was a semi-finalist for the Nicholl’s fellowship with his script ALIBI GUYS, was listed in Writer’s On The Verge’s “Young and Hungry” list, went through the WGA’s acclaimed Showrunner Training Program, and was selected as one of the WGA Writer’s Access Project honorees in both 2016 and 2017. He recently sold the competitive video game drama, PLAYER, to Youtube Red, directed the indie film EAT ME, is writing on the Crackle streaming show IN THE CLOUD, and is actively developing numerous projects for television.
JACQUELINE WRIGHT (Screenwriter, Playwright, Producer, Lead Actor)
Jacqueline Wright is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts. She works on both stage and screen as actor and writer, in both LA and NY. She is the recipient and nominee of LA Weekly, Stage Raw, Ovations and Drama Critic’s Circle awards. A Finalist for the Sherward Award and the Jerome fellowship.
Jacqueline’s plays have been developed/produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre, Cal Arts, Echo Theatre Company, Virginia Avenue Project, HBO comedy arts festival, Theatre of Note, Occidental College, Northridge State among others. Her play Eat Me received six LA Weekly nominations (including comedy playwriting) and her critically acclaimed play Bing was produced by Occidental College and Theatre of Note. Spider Bites and Have You Seen Alice, both LA WEEKLY Critics Choice were produced at Theatre of Note. Her short play Beautiful is published in the play anthology Between Heaven And Hell and in Lab Letters. She is a member of Dog Ear writer’s collective (www.dogear.org). Theatre acting credits include: Jon Benet Ramsey in House of Gold (LA WEEKLY performance award and Ovation nomination) Didi in Tree (LA WEEKLY nom and Ovation Nom) Tommy in Eat Me (LA Weekly nomination), Richard in Richard III (Critic’s Choice- LA Times), Clytemnestra in Clyt at Home (LA Weekly performance Award), Emilia in And Still The Dogs (LA Weekly nomination). Film roles include North Country directed by Niki Caro, HBO's Walkout directed by Edward James Olmos, Burn After Reading directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. She has an exhilarating role in Dan Martinico’s film Excursions which premiered at Slamdance 2016 and is currently making the rounds on the festival circuit.
About the 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 – EAT ME."
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