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October 24, 2019, 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 Samuel Goldwyn Films invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Paradise Hills

Directed by Alice Waddington
Written by Nacho Vigalondo, Brian DeLeeuw
Produced by Adrián Guerra, Núria Valls
Starring Emma Roberts, Danielle Macdonald, Awkwafina, Jeremy Irvine, Arnaud Valois, with Eiza Gonzalez and Milla Jovovich

Followed by a Q&A with Alice Waddington

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 24, 2019
The Ray Stark Family Theatre
900 W. 34th Street, SCA 108
Los Angeles, California 90007



In theaters Friday, October 25, 2019


About Paradise Hills

On an isolated island, Uma (Emma Roberts) wakes up to find herself at Paradise Hills, a facility where high-class families send their daughters to become perfect versions of themselves. The facility is run by the mysterious Duchess (Milla Jovovich) where calibrated treatments including etiquette classes, vocal lessons, beauty treatments, gymnastics and restricted diets, revolve all physical and emotional shortcomings within two months. The outspoken Uma finds solace and friendship in other Paradise Hills residents -- Chloe (Danielle McDonald), Yu (Awkwafina), and Mexican popstar Amarna (Eiza Gonzalez). Uma soon realizes that lurking behind all this beauty is a sinister secret. It's a race against the clock as Uma and her friends try to escape Paradise Hills before it consumes them all.

Provided courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films. Runtime: 94 minutes. English.


About the guest


Alice Waddington was born in a rural area of Bilboa, Spain. At 16, she began working as an assistant to well-known director of photography, Quique López (Sótano, Ander). She studied advertising at the Public UPV University and started shooting promotional stills and directing fashion films for the Spanish editions of Harper's Bazaar, Neo2, and others. She worked as a creative producer and video editor at top advertising agencies, Leo Burnett Iberia and Social Noise, specializing as a storyboard and concept artist.

In 2014, with the help of Mexican producer Yadira Ávalos, she spent a year writing and pre-producing her first short film, Disco Inferno (2015), which became a breakout hit and was nominated for awards in 67 international film festivals, including Palm Springs, Fantasia and Sitges. At Fantastic Fest, Waddington was awarded Best Director and Silver Feature Film Project at the festival’s film market. Twelve additional international festival wins ensued. Disco Inferno is still touring Japan, China, the United States and Canada, with several “Best of the Fest” showcases.

Following the success of Disco Inferno, Waddington returned to Fantastic Fest to pitch Paradise Hills to industry insiders with a hand-crafted presentation she created herself to help buyers visualize the concept of the film. There, she met Guillermo del Toro, who introduced Waddington to her now manager and agent.  They, in turn, introduced her to producers Nuria Valls and Adrián Guerra at Nostromo Pictures (Penny Dreadful, Buried) who took on Paradise Hills. Alice brought on Nacho Vigalondo (Colossal, Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial) to co-write the project, along with writer Brian DeLeeuw (Daniel Isn't Real).

Waddington spent a few months in Los Angeles sleeping on friends' couches when she met Danielle Macdonald (Patti Cake$), who was the first actress to sign onto the film. Soon, Emma Roberts, Awkwafina, Eiza Gonzalez, Milla Jovovich and Jeremy Irvine were locked in for the cast as well.  Paradise Hills became the second Spanish film to be screened at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. International genre festivals such as Fantasia, Sitges and Mórbido followed suit.

Most recently, Netflix signed Waddington to helm Scarlet.  Based on Waddington’s original idea, Scarlet is produced by Aggregate Film’s Jason Bateman, Michael Costigan and Roxie Rodriguez.

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 2019. 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.

If you are (or know of) a USC alum, student, or faculty member with a film or television show that you would like to recommend for the screening series, please email with the subject "[NAME OF FILM] -- Alumni Screening Series Recommendation." The email should include a link to a screener, the distribution format and schedule, any festival selections and notable accolades, and the names and cast/crew positions of any alumni involved in the project, as well as any other information you feel is relevant.

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 – PARADISE HILLS."


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