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USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 5 Presents: FIRST LOOK 2021 COMEDY SHORTS SNEAK PEAK - PROGRAM 2

April 10, 2021, 9:30 A.M. PDT

Live Online Webinar

USC Comedy at the School of Cinematic Arts, First Look,
and USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative,
invite you to attend a special virtual screening



Each year FIRST LOOK, and SCA Industry Relations, through the generosity of Marcia Lucas’ Ohana Foundation, showcases current student work. The USC Comedy Festival is delighted to collaborate with First Look to bring you this preview of student films competing in this year’s Comedy Category.

9:30 A.M. PDT on Saturday, April 10th, 2021


Open to USC Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and the General Public.

Presented during the USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 5,
taking place from April 9th - 11th, 2021.

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About the Program 2 Shorts

No Small Talk

Directed by Aaron Dworetzky, Madison Lin, Missy Pawneshing, and Jillian Ruvalcaba. Produced by Youssef Gouda, Maya Vyas, and Marisa Torelli-Pedevska.
Synopsis: Ross and Paul, two angels sent by God to spread love and happiness, make a bet over two unlikely people falling in love during the pandemic. Loser? Turns human and has to suffer like the rest of us.

Hardcore Halbert

Directed by Riley Sweeney Lynch. Produced by Maria Sara Santoro and Max Pearce.
Synopsis: A young man caring for an ailing ficus, desperate to escape his mother's scrutiny, finds refuge in his connection with his neighbor Abby and their mutual love of Heavy Metal.

Time Again

Directed by Darren Cohn. Produced by Alexa Villarreal, Anabel Iñigo, and Jack Walterman.
Synopsis: When he finally succeeds in building a time machine, Griffin must go back in time to fix the moment that’s haunted him his entire life in order to win back the girl of his dreams.

Total running time: 60 minutes.

About First Look

First Look is the yearly USC School of Cinematic Arts showcase for advanced projects run by the Industry Relations Office. An Industry Jury reviews and awards films in the following categories: Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Social Change, Thriller/Sci-fi/Horror.

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About the USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 5

The 5th Edition of the USC Comedy Festival comes after a year of unprecedented social isolation and demands for social justice. Staring at screens or out in the streets, we learned why we still needed comedy and discovered new ways to make each other laugh in spite of everything. Affiliated with the USC Comedy track at the School of Cinematic Arts and the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Foundation, the festival will honor legendary performer, impressionist, and character-ologist Bill Hader. Over the course of three days, panels will feature well-known guests such as Aidy Bryant, Demetri Martin, Lisa Kudrow, Lindy West, Matt Besser, Patton Oswalt, and Ramy Youssef; capture new voices exploding onto the scene; and celebrate the work of our newest generation of USC Comedy students.

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About USC Comedy at the School of Cinematic Arts

In 2010 USC became the first university in the nation to offer a program dedicated to training filmmakers in the art of comedy. USC Comedy at the School of Cinematic Arts offers instruction in the writing, directing, production as well as the history and theory of comedy. Students work with a distinguished, award-winning faculty of comedy professionals to discover and develop their comedic voices, while getting unrivaled access to the field through workshops, internships, demonstrations and screenings and festivals.

USC Comedy boasts an award-winning faculty that includes Jack Epps Jr. (The Secret of My SuccessLegal EaglesTop Gun), Barnet Kellman (Murphy BrownMad About YouGeorge Lopez), David Isaacs (Cheers, FrasierM*A*S*H*), Robert Townsend (Diary of A Single Mom, The Parent Hood), Rob Schiller (The King of Queens), Andy Cadiff (Last Man Standing, Spin City) John Bowman (Saturday Night LiveIn Living Color), Dave Goetsch (The Big Bang Theory), F J Pratt (Sullivan & Son) and Tim Marx (Young Sheldon), to name just a few.
Our students benefit from the expertise and participation of SCA Comedy Alumni such as Jay Roach (Austin PowersMeet the Parents), Tim Story (Barber ShopRide Along), Judd Apatow (Girls, Superbad, Knocked Up),  Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy), Peter Segal (Tommy BoyGet Smart), Gabe Sachs (Freaks and Geeks), Jason Reitman (JunoUp in the Air), Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off The Boat), and Prentice Penny (Insecure), among many other luminaries and industry professionals.

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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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Name: Alessandro Ago