The IMES Spotlight Screening Series Presents: THE PIGEON TUNNEL

November 30, 2023, 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, Apple TV+,
and Iron Mountain Entertainment Services (IMES),
invite you and a guest to attend


A Special Theatrical Screening of


Directed by Errol Morris
Produced by Errol Morris, Dominic Crossley-Holland, Steven Hathaway,
Simon Cornwell and Stephen Cornwell

Followed by a Q&A with SCA Alumnus Stephen Cornwell and Gregory Maratea,
Director of Client Solutions, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services,
moderated by SCA Faculty Ted Braun

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 30th, 2023

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



Presented as part of the IMES Spotlight Screening Series

About The Pigeon Tunnel

Academy Award-winning documentarian Errol Morris pulls back the curtain on the storied life and career of former British spy David Cornwell—better known as John le Carré, author of such classic espionage novels as “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold," “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “The Constant Gardener." Set against the turbulent backdrop of the Cold War leading into present day, the film spans six decades as le Carré delivers his final and most candid interview, punctuated with rare archival footage and dramatized vignettes. "The Pigeon Tunnel" is a deeply human and engaging exploration of le Carré's extraordinary journey and the paper-thin membrane between fact and fiction.

About the Guests

STEPHEN CORNWELL (SCA Alumnus, Producer)

Stephen Cornwell co-founded The Ink Factory with his brother Simon after a career as an award-winning journalist and 15 years of writing for most of the major Hollywood studios, working with directors and producers including Ridley Scott, Guy Ritchie, Kathleen Kennedy, Joel Silver, Doug Liman, Frank Marshall, Thomas Tull and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. With his writing partner, Oliver Butcher, Cornwell co-wrote 2011’s hit feature “Unknown,” starring Liam Neeson. Recently with The Ink Factory, Cornwell produced the film “The Pigeon Tunnel” and executive produced the 2023 Hindi-language adaptation of “The Night Manager.” He also executive produced the 2016 award-winning mini-series of the same name and the film “Our Kind of Traitor,” directed by Susanna White. He executive produced the 2018 limited series “The Little Drummer Girl,” directed by Park Chan-wook and produced "Hotel Artemis,” written and directed by Drew Pearce. Cornwell co-wrote and produced “Message from the King,” directed by Fabrice du Welz; produced Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk,” based on the novel by Ben Fountain; and produced Anton Corbijn’s 2014 feature film adaptation of “A Most Wanted Man.” Upcoming projects include executive producing a series adaptation of “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold," based on the best-selling novel. With The Ink Factory’s sister company, Giant Squid, Cornwell produced 2016’s “Abzû,” the bestselling and twice BAFTA-nominated narrative interactive video game from multi-award-winning creator Matt Nava and 2020’s follow-up hit, fantasy adventure game “The Pathless,” sold to Apple and to the Epic games store and available on multiple gaming platforms.

GREGORY MARATEA (Director of Client Solutions, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services)

Gregory Maratea came to Iron Mountain Entertainment Services in 2015 from a career in post production where he specialized in producing DI/ Finishing, as well as film remastering and digital restoration. With this deep understanding of post production workflow and processes, Greg leads the IMES Technology team to create client solutions ranging from the migration of end-of-life media assets, to integration with the latest cloud technologies, to looking forward to wide-scale virtualization of systems and software. Over the 18 years of his tenure at IMES, Greg and the IMES team have successfully migrated over 1.5PB of physical assets to files, resulting in otherwise inactive content being transformed, preserved, and monetized.

TED BRAUN (SCA Professor, Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics, Moderator)

Writer-Director Ted Braun’s feature documentary, ¡Viva Maestro!, about conductor Gustavo Dudamel, premiered theatrically in 2022, was nominated for the WGA award for best feature documentary of 2022, and is currently streaming on MAX. Set against unfolding violence and social unrest in Dudamel’s home of Venezuela the film is an exploration of art in a time of political crisis. It’s his second film with Participant which co-financed his feature debut Darfur Now. Darfur Now was named one of 2007’s top five documentaries by the National Board of Review, won the International Documentary Association’s Emerging Filmmaker Award and the NAACP Image Award. His docu-thriller Betting On Zero received a WGA nomination for best feature documentary of 2017, and a special jury mention for investigative work at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Braun teaches screenwriting at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and is the Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics. In 2018 Variety named him one of the world’s Top Ten Teachers in Film and TV.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. A reservation confirmation 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.


On-campus parking at the University of Southern California is limited, and it is best to visit the USC Transportation Website for the most up-to-date information if you plan to drive and park on campus:

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago