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January 22, 2019, 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 and USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative invite you and a guest to a special screening of a David Lynch masterpiece

Blue Velvet (1986)

Written & Directed by David Lynch
Produced by Fred C. Caruso

Kyle Maclachlan and Isabella Rossellini

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



Now accepting RSVPs.

Presented in conjunction with:
An Evening with Isabella Rossellini

A Visions and Voices Signature Event at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 24th, 2019 in Bovard Auditorium.

About Blue Velvet (1986)

Director David Lynch crafted this hallucinogenic mystery-thriller that probes beneath the cheerful surface of suburban America to discover sadomasochistic violence, corruption, drug abuse, crime and perversion. Kyle Maclachlan stars as Jeffrey Beaumont, a square-jawed young man who returns to his picture-perfect small town when his father suffers a stroke. Walking through a field near his home, Jeff discovers a severed human ear, which he immediately brings to the police. Their disinterest sparks Jeff's curiosity, and he is soon drawn into a dangerous drama that's being played out by a lounge singer, Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) and the ether-addicted Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper). The sociopathic Booth has kidnapped Dorothy's young son and is using the child as a bargaining chip to repeatedly beat, humiliate and rape Dorothy. Though he's drawn to the virginal, wholesome Sandy Williams (Laura Dern), Jeff is also aroused by Dorothy and in trying to aid her, he discovers his dark side. As the film nears its conclusion, our hero learns that many more indivduals are tacitly involved with Frank, including a suave, lip-synching singer, Ben (Dean Stockwell), who is minding the kidnapped boy. Director Lynch explored many similar themes of the "disease" lying just under the surface of the small town, all-American façade in his later television series Twin Peaks (1990-91).

Provided courtesy of Park Circus. Rated R. Running time: 120 minutes.

About An Evening with Isabella Rossellini

“The world’s most uncategorizable star”—Vanity Fair

Actor, model, filmmaker, and philanthropist Isabella Rossellini was born to film royalty—her parents are Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini—and has created a life for herself that is perhaps richer and more varied than any film. She has been the face of Lancôme; acted in landmark roles (see David Lynch’s Blue Velvet); created Green Porno, a wacky and wonderful web series about animal behavior; and is the author of a new book, My Chickens and I, about raising chickens on her Long Island farm—among many other experiences and achievements. In conversation with David Bridel, dean of the USC School of Dramatic Arts, Rossellini will reflect on life, art, animals, age, and much, much more, with a sparkling intelligence and natural grace that is hers and hers alone.

Isabella Rossellini grew up in Paris and Rome. She made her cinematic debut as an actor in 1979 in the Taviani brothers’ film Il Prato (The Meadow) and has appeared in numerous other films, including the American features Blue Velvet, White Nights, Rodger Dodger, Cousins, Death Becomes Her, Fearless, Big Night, and Joy. She has worked with directors including Robert Zemeckis, David O. Russell, David Lynch, Robert Wilson, Taylor Hackford, Marjane Satrapi, and Guy Maddin.

This event is presented in conjunction with Rossellini’s “theatricalized lecture” Link Link Circus at the Broad Stage.

Additional Links:
Isabella Rossellini | Instagram, Vanity Fair profile, Wikipedia
Vulture: “In Conversation: Isabella Rossellini”

About USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative

Visions and Voices is a university-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. The initiative was established by USC President C. L. Max Nikias during his tenure as provost in order to fulfill the goals set forth in USC's strategic plan; to communicate USC's core values to students; and to affirm the human spirit. Emphasizing the university's commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, the initiative features a spectacular array of events conceived and organized by faculty and schools throughout the university. The series includes theatrical productions, music and dance performances, conferences, lectures, film screenings and many other special events both on and off campus. Each program invites students to dialogue and interact with artists, writers, professors and special guests. These interactions provide a dynamic experience of the arts and humanities and encourage active exploration of USC's core values, including freedom of inquiry and expression, team spirit, appreciation of diversity, commitment to serving one's community, entrepreneurial spirit, informed risk-taking, ethical conduct and the search for truth.

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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.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago