May 31, 2018, 7:30 P.M.

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts, Movies We Love, Marvel Studios,
and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures,
invite you and a guest to attend a special screening of


Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), followed by a Q&A with Writer/Director James Gunn and Producer Kevin Feige

Directed by James Gunn
Screenplay by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman
Produced by SCA Alumnus Kevin Feige

Followed by a Q&A with James Gunn, Kevin Feige,
and Casting Director Sarah Finn
Moderated by SCA Alumnus Timothy Dowling

7:30 P.M. on Thursday, May 31st, 2018

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the
Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007



About Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits--Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand--with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

Provided courtesy of Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Rated PG-13. Running time: 121 minutes.

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About the Guests

JAMES GUNN (Screenwriter/Director)

James Gunn is the prolific filmmaker behind some of pop culture’s most notable feature films. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Gunn began his career at the age of twelve by making a zombie movie with an eight-millimeter camera and an actor, his brother Sean. Thirty years later, Gunn brought to life what is now turning into one of the most memorable franchises in the Marvel Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy. Gunn wrote and directed both Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which have earned a combined 1.5 billion dollars at the global box office. The original was the second highest grossing film of 2014 and spent five weekends atop the charts, a record in Marvel history, which has only been matched by Black Panther. The franchise has garnered impressive reviews from film critics around the world, won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Action Movie and was nominated for: three Academy Awards, two Grammys, two BAFTAs, seven MTV Movie Awards and two People’s Choice Awards amongst many others. Gunn was personally nominated for a WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2014.

Knowing what an important role music plays in a movie, Gunn personally chose every song included in the Guardians of the Galaxy film soundtracks. The albums—Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and Awesome Mix Vol. 2, which featured pop songs from the 1960’s & 70’s-- were highly praised by critics as being a secondary character in the film. Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is the first soundtrack comprised entirely of previously released songs to ever reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts. Vol. 1 went on to become certified Platinum status; Vol. 2 finished 2017 as the country's eighth highest-selling album with 600,000 copies, and has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The films are cemented with stellar performances from Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Glenn Close, and Benicio Del Toro. Also featured in the film is Gunn’s brother Sean, who played Kraglin, and the on-set version of Rocket Raccoon. Gunn is currently writing the third installment of Guardians of the Galaxy which he is also set to direct.

Gunn is currently in production on an Untitled Horror Project starring Elizabeth Banks. Gunn will serve has producer along with The H Collective. The plot is currently under wraps. Additionally, Gunn released his horror feature, The Belko Experiment, which he wrote and produced. Starring John Gallagher, Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Sean Gunn and Adria Arjona the feature is a terrifying, provocative and at times hilarious thrill-ride that provokes the question; what does it take to survive at work. It premiered during Midnight Madness at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and was immediately acquired by Blumhouse’s BH Tilt and Orion.

Gunn’s love for the comedy and horror genres coalesced in the humorous horror film Slither, released by Universal in 2006. Gunn wrote the film, which was his feature-film directorial debut, and stars Nathan Fillion and Elizabeth Banks. The film is currently featured on Rotten Tomatoes as one of the “Top Ten All–Time Best Reviewed Horror Films.” It was named “The Best Horror film of 2006” by Rue Morgue Magazine, and Gunn won a Saturn Award and a Fangoria Chainsaw Award for his work on the film.  

Additionally, Gunn directed the independent feature film, Super, starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, and Kevin Bacon. It is the dark, comedic tale of a disturbed man who dresses up as a superhero to save his ex-wife from her drug-dealing new boyfriend. Super was an official selection at the Toronto Film Festival, was picked up by IFC Films, and is IFC’s top selling film ever on On Demand.  

In 2004, Gunn wrote the live action Scooby-Doo movie which grossed over $300 million worldwide.  He became the first screenwriter in history to write back-to-back #1-for-the-weekend box office hits, with the critically-acclaimed, re-imagined Dawn of the Dead on March 19, 2004 and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed on March 26, 2004.

Gunn got his start in the industry while attending Columbia University. He applied for a part-time job filing papers at famed B-movie studios Troma Entertainment, and was paid $150 to write the screenplay for the feature Tromeo & Juliet instead. In 1997, Tromeo became a cult hit, playing in theaters around the world, including over a year of midnight screenings in Los Angeles. Gunn left Troma to write and star (along with Rob Lowe, Thomas Haden-Church, and Jamie Kennedy) in the 2000 feature film, The Specials, about a group of superheroes on their day off.  In the same year, Bloomsbury Press released Gunn’s critically acclaimed novel The Toy Collector, the story of a hospital orderly who sells drugs to finance his escalating toy collecting addiction. He also wrote, with Lloyd Kaufman, the non-fiction book All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger, currently in its fifth printing.

In 2012 Gunn released his fist video game, Lollipop Chainsaw, with Suda 51 and Warner Bros, on Xbox and Playstation 3. In 2008 he created Xbox Live’s first original content, producing seven comedy shows by horror directors, and creating his own, Sparky & Mikaela. Gunn’s additional credits include hosting the reality show Scream Queens for VH1 and the web series PG Porn which he wrote and directed as comedy shorts that pair mainstream actors and porn stars. PG Porn has received over 70 million hits online, has been remade by Canal+ in France, and is one of the most profitable web series of all time.

Gunn lives in Los Angeles with his dog, Dr. Wesely Von Spears and his cat, Emily Monster. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @JamesGunn and on Facebook at Facebook.com/jgunn

KEVIN FEIGE (Producer, SCA Alumnus)

Kevin Feige has been the driving creative force behind several billion-dollar franchises and an unprecedented number of blockbuster feature films, all connected to create the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In his current role as producer and president of Marvel Studios, Feige is a hands-on producer and oversees Marvel Studios’ feature film productions, whose 18 films released all have opened No. 1 at the box office and collectively grossed over $13 billion worldwide.

Most recently, Feige produced “Black Panther,” which continued Marvel’s unprecedented success. The blockbuster film recorded the fifth biggest opening weekend of all time with $202 million and is on track to become the highest grossing super hero film at the domestic box office. The film has grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide to date.

In 2017, Feige produced “Thor: Ragnarok,” which was released on November 3 in the U.S. and grossed $121 million domestically in its opening weekend, in addition to $306 million internationally; “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which opened on May 5 with $145 million and has grossed over $863.5 million worldwide; and “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which opened on July 7 and has garnered over $879 million worldwide to date. Feige is currently producing “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Captain Marvel” and the untitled fourth installment of the “Avengers” series.

In 2016, Feige launched another franchise with “Doctor Strange,” which continued the streak of No. 1 openings, and produced “Captain America: Civil War,” the highest-grossing film of 2016 worldwide. In 2015 he launched another successful franchise with “Ant-Man,” starring Paul Rudd, and earlier that year he produced “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the fourth-largest domestic opening weekend of all time. In 2014, Feige produced “Guardians of the Galaxy,” starring Chris Pratt, which grossed over $773 million worldwide, and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which broke the opening record for an April release.

In 2013, Feige produced the megahits “Thor: The Dark World” and “Iron Man 3.” In 2012, Feige produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set an all-time domestic three-day weekend box-office record. The film went on to become Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release at the time.

In 2011, Feige produced and successfully launched two Marvel film franchises, “Captain America: The First Avenger,” directed by Joe Johnston and starring Chris Evans, and “Thor,” directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth. In 2010, Feige produced “Iron Man 2,” directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow.

In summer 2008, Feige produced the first fully developed and financed films from the new Marvel Studios, including the blockbusters “Iron Man,” directed by Jon Favreau, and “The Incredible Hulk,” directed by Louis Leterrier.

Feige joined Marvel in 2000 and served as executive producer on the second and third “Spider-Man” films, which took in combined worldwide box-office receipts of well over $1.5 billion. Feige also co-produced “X-Men 2,” the second installment of the popular “X-Men” franchise, and executive produced “X-Men: The Last Stand,” among many other Marvel-branded films.

A graduate from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, Feige first worked for Lauren Shuler Donner and Richard Donner at their Warner Bros.–based production company, which released the action-adventure “Volcano” and the hit romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail.” Feige earned his first producer credit on “X-Men,” a film that is credited with revitalizing the comic book genre.

TIMOTHY DOWLING (Moderator, USC Alumnus)

Timothy Dowling is a graduate of the School of Theatre at the University of Southern California. As an actor he was in the films: The Beautician and the Beast, Dr. Benny, and Terminator 3. As a screenwriter he was named one of Variety's Ten Writers to Watch, Fade In Magazine’s Top 100 People In Hollywood and had two scripts listed on the prestigious Black List. He co-wrote the award winning short film: George Lucas in Love, which is still the best selling short film of all time. He has since co-written the feature films: Role Models, Just Go With It, This Means War, Office Christmas Party and Pixels, directed by Chris Columbus. Role Models was nominated for a Critics Choice Award for Best Comedy of the Year in 2008 and Just Go With It was the most rented Red Box movie in America and in the world in 2011. Timothy also wrote the forthcoming Another Midnight Run starring Robert De Niro and the Disney action comedy Dashing Through the Snow starring Kevin Hart. Timothy is on the Board of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and in 2012 proudly donated a Urinal to the School that bears his name. He has since donated a bathroom stall in the Lucas Building and a urinal in the Norris Theatre. His mother is very proud.

About 10 Years of Marvel

Marvel Studios’ 10th anniversary begins with the release of Avengers: Infinity War and covers an impressive decade of Marvel Studios’ blockbusters released from 2008 through the “Avengers” untitled film in 2019. In celebration of the anniversary, fans can expect exclusive consumer products and collectibles, along with in-theater events and much more in the coming months.

To celebrate the anniversary, the USC School of Cinematic Arts will host 4 screenings of classic Marvel titles, beginning with Iron Man on May 17th, and continuing with The Avengers on May 24th, Guardians of the Galaxy on May 31st, and Black Panther on June 6th.

About Movies We Love -- A message from Timothy Dowling, USC Alum, Screenwriter, and SCA Representative on the USC Board of Governors

One of the my favorite things about going to USC was in film classes occasionally you’d see a movie that you’d never seen before or one you’d never seen on the big screen and then it would become one of your favorite movies for the rest of your life.

One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles is that occasionally we get to see great movies up on the big screen and occasionally have those that made the films come and speak. This is something really unique to our city and doesn’t really happen anywhere else in the world.

So when the Cinema School asked me to represent them on the Alumni Board of Governors, the first thing I wanted to do was start a program at the school where we show great movies that we love and get people that worked on them to come to campus and speak about them.

It’s called MOVIES WE LOVE. And the hope is to just show you movies that we love that maybe you love also or have never seen or never seen on the big screen.

Hope to see you there. And FIGHT ON,

Timothy Dowling

Check-In & Reservations


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
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu