May 3, 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 and The Orchard invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Duck Butter

Directed by Miguel Arteta
Written by Miguel Arteta and Alia Shawkat
Starring Alia Shawkat and Laia Costa
Followed by a Q&A with Miguel Arteta and Alia Shawkat
7:00 PM on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Nominated: Best Narrative Feature, Tribeca Film Festival 2018 (World Premiere) 

In theaters April 27th, 2018, in Los Angeles and New York
Available On Demand May 1st, 2018

About Duck Butter

When Naima (Alia Shawkat) and Sergio (Laia Costa) meet at a club, they hit it off instantly, connecting over the dishonesty they have experienced in romantic relationships. Intoxicated by their intense mutual chemistry, the two women concoct a romantic experiment, vowing to spend the next 24 hours together, having sex every hour on the hour in the belief that through perfect honesty they can transcend the deceit that is an element of so many modern relationships. But their experiment doesn’t go as planned, and soon the weight of their commitment begins to threaten their chances for a romantic future…

The latest from Miguel Arteta—the director behind Beatriz at Dinner, The Good Girl, and Chuck & Buck—is a blistering look at intimacy in a pressure cooker. Co-written by Shawkat (Search Party) and executive produced by the Duplass Brothers, the film offers a searing interrogation of modern romance, with all its dizzying highs and heartbreaking betrayals—all packed into a very intense 24 hours.

Presented courtesy of The Orchard. Not Rated. Runtime: 93 minutes. English.

About the guests

MIGUEL ARTETA (Director / Co-Writer / Executive Producer)

Miguel Arteta is a Puerto Rican filmmaker living in Los Angeles. He studied film at the Wesleyan Film Program with Jeanine Basinger. His first three features, Star Maps (1997), Chuck & Buck (2000) and The Good Girl (2002), all premiered and found distribution at the Sundance Film Festival. He then made Youth In Revolt (2009) with Michael Cera for the Weinstein Company, Cedar Rapids (2011) with Ed Helms and John C. Reilly for Searchlight Pictures, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for Disney Films with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. Beatriz At Dinner, written by Mike White and produced by Killer Films and Bron Pictures, starring Salma Hayek, John Lithgow and Connie Britton, was released last summer. 

His new feature, Duck Butter, with Alia Shawkat, Laia Costa and Mark and Jay Duplass, is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. His TV work includes Freaks and Geeks, The Office, Six Feet Under, Enlightened, The New Girl, Nurse Jackie, The Big C, American Horror Story, and HBO’s Getting On. He was awarded an Independent Spirit Award for his work on Chuck & Buck. He also has taught at the Sundance Institute’s Directors Labs and at the Middle Eastern Film Lab in Jordan. 

ALIA SHAWKAT (“Naima” / Co-Writer / Executive Producer / Artwork)

Alia Shawkat was most recently was seen starring in the second season of TBS’ breakout hit genre-bending mystery comedy Search Party. The show, which premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival as part of the Official TV Selection category, was called one of the Best TV Shows of 2016 by Vanity Fair, Vulture and BuzzFeed. Shawkat will next be seen starring in the independent film Duck Butter, which she co-wrote with Miguel Arteta and executive produced alongside Arteta and the Duplass Brothers. The film will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Later this year, she will star opposite songwriter and musician Ben Dickey in the indie biopic Blaze. Directed by Ethan Hawke, the film tells the story of country and western songwriter Blaze Foley.

Shawkat’s career began at the age of 11 with her feature film debut as a young Iraqi child in David O. Russell’s Three Kings opposite George Clooney. She was most recently seen starring opposite Janet McTeer in Amber Tamblyn’s directorial debut Paint It Black, based on the book of the same name. In the past few years, Shawkat has been seen in a slew of projects including Netflix’s Original Film Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday and thriller Green Room alongside Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, and Sir Patrick Stewart.

Her additional feature credits include: Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women; Clea DuVall’s directorial debut The Intervention; Adam Green’s Aladdin; comedic indie thriller The Final Girls; Sebastian Silva’s Nasty Baby (which she co-produced); The To-Do List; The Oranges opposite Allison Janney, Oliver Platt, and Hugh Laurie; Cedar Rapids, directed by Miguel Arteta; Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut Whip It, opposite Ellen Page; and Cherien Dabis’ Amreeka, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival; among others.

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 with the subject line: "Accommodations Request – DUCK BUTTER."


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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Contact Information

Name: Matthew Meier