December 6, 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 IFC Midnight invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Rust Creek

Directed by Jen McGowan
Written by Julie Lipson
Produced by Stu Pollard


Followed by a Q&A with SCA alumni Jen McGowan, Julie Lipson, and Stu Pollard


7:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 6, 2018

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





Best Thriller Feautre
San Diego International Film Festival 2018
Best Director, Best Drama, Best Actress (Hermione Corfield)
Breckenridge Film Festival 2018
Directorial Discovery Award
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2018

Portland Film Festival 2018, Jefferson State Flixx Fest 2018, Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival 2018, Bentonville Film Festival 2018


In theaters and VOD January 4th, 2019


About Rust Creek

An ordinary woman must summon extraordinary courage to survive a nightmare odyssey in this harrowing survival thriller. Sawyer (Hermione Corfield) is an ambitious, overachieving college senior with a seemingly bright future. While on her way to a job interview, a wrong turn leaves her stranded deep in the frozen Kentucky woods. Suddenly, the young woman with everything to live for finds herself facing her own mortality as she's punished by the elements and pursued by a band of ruthless outlaws. With nowhere left to run, she is forced into an uneasy alliance with Lowell (Jay Paulson), an enigmatic loner with shadowy intentions. Though she's not sure she can trust him, Sawyer must take a chance if she hopes to escape Rust Creek alive.

Presented by IFC Midnight. Runtime: 108 minutes. Rated R.

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About the guests

JEN MCGOWAN (Director, Alum)

Jen McGowan's first feature, Kelly & Cal, starring Juliette Lewis, Cybill Shepherd, and Jonny Weston, premiered at SXSW Film Festival where she won the Gamechanger Director Award. The film was released by IFC Films to rave reviews.

Jen got her start with award-winning short films, Confessions of a Late Bloomer and Touch, both of which played at over a hundred festivals in the US and abroad.

Jen is the creator of, a skill-sharing site by women and for women in Film and Television. The site was named Best in LA of 2016 by LA Weekly. It was also featured on Indiewire and is part of the Sundance Women’s Initiative Resource.

Jen is a Film Independent Fellow, a finalist for the Clint Eastwood Filmmakers Award, and a recipient of the AWD Breakout Award for Excellence in Directing. She was also named one of Vulture’s Women Directors Hollywood Should Be Hiring.

RUST CREEK is her second feature film.

Jen is based in Los Angeles.

JULIE LIPSON (Writer, Alum)

Julie Lipson is from Northern California and graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College in Vermont with a joint major in Film and English. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Writer’s Scholarship for poetry. She was a California Junior Miss (talent) and an American scholarship Winner for Piano Performance at the Chopin Institute in Warsaw. She holds an MFA in Writing for Screen and Television from the University of Southern California (2011).

Julie recently sold a drama about bottle service waitresses to E! Network, and has another TV drama in development with Turner’s Super Deluxe based on The New York Times Bestselling YA novel Obedience.

Julie developed the project Children of the Sun at Echo Lake with director Keith Gordon (Homeland, Fargo), as well as Olympus Reborn with Bob Cooper and eOne. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America West.

STU POLLARD (Producer, Alum)

RUST CREEK marks the eighth feature film Stu Pollard has produced in whole or part in his home state of Kentucky. Other recent producing credits include Alexandra Shiva’s Syrian refugee documentary This Is Home (produced in partnership with Blumhouse, 2018 Sundance Audience Award), the powerful high school drama And Then I Go (2017 LA Film Festival premiere, directed by Vincent Grashaw), David Haskell’s debut feature The Outdoorsman (2017 Austin Film Festival premiere), and Zachary Trietz’s Men Go to Battle (Winner of the Best Narrative Feature at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival).

Pollard founded Lunacy Productions in 2015 to expand his storytelling horizons and break free of the “one at a time” indie filmmaking model. This has sparked numerous new collaborations with both emerging talent and established creators. Lunacy’s current production slate includes the thriller Three Day Weekend (directed by Wyatt McDill), the rom-com Plus One (written & directed by Andrew Rhymer & Jeff Chan, produced in partnership with Ross Putman and Red Hour Films), and Ani Simon-Kennedy's upcoming feature debut, The Short History of the Long Road (produced with Darren Dean of The Florida Project).

Stu has also directed two features: Nice Guys Sleep Alone and Keep Your Distance. In his spare time he teaches at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and Film Independent. He holds a degree in business from Georgetown, an MFA in film from USC, is a member of the DGA and PGA, and serves on the boards of the Louisville Film Society and GU’s Alumni Board of Governors.


About the Alumni Screening Series

The USC School of Cinematic Arts invites you to an exciting free screening series featuring a dynamic selection of new feature films by 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.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M. and 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 – RUST CREEK."



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