April 29, 2024, 7:30 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and the American Genre Film Archive
invite you and a guest to attend

15 YEARS OF AGFA Presents:


Desperate Teenage Lovedolls poster
Directed by Dave Markey
Written by Jennifer Schwartz & David Markey
Produced by David Markey, Jennifer Schwartz, and Jordan Schwartz

Followed by a Q&A with Filmmaker Dave Markey + cast members
Jennifer Schwartz, Tracy Lea Nash and Steven McDonald

Moderated by LA Times Film Critic Mark Olsen

7:30 P.M. on Monday, April 29th, 2024

Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007



This screening is presented as part of
April 15th - 29th, 2024 @ USC

For the full calendar of screenings, visit:

About Desperate Teenage Lovedolls (1984)

Desperate Teenage Lovedolls was received as an instant cult classic when first released on the Los Angeles punk underground in 1984. Since then, the no budget super 8 film has gained international and aboveground praise. Bunny, Kitty, & Patch (Hilary Rubens, Jennifer Schwartz, & Janet Housden) are three teenage runaways who form the hottest all-girl band of all-time, The Lovedolls. Their meteoric rise to the top from a drug addled street life in Hollywood comes not without a price, thanks to sleazy rock manager, Johnny Tremaine (Steve McDonald). Rival all-girl gang The She Devils and their leader Tanya Hearst (Tracy Lea) have it in for our heroes, as do annoying mothers and psyche ward doctors. The film also features legendary LA Punk musicians Jeff McDonald, Phil Newman, Vicki Peterson, Annette Zilinskas & Dez Cadena. Directed by David Markey, the saga is continued in the 1986 sequel Lovedolls Superstar.

Provided courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive. Running time: 50 minutes.

About the Moderator

Mark Olsen writes about all kinds of movies for the Los Angeles Times as both a feature writer and reviewer. He creates the weekly Indie Focus newsletter on moviegoing in Los Angeles and is co-host of The Envelope podcast. His work has also appeared in Film Comment, the New York Times, Sight & Sound and other publications. He is from Kansas.

About 15 Years of AGFA

Formed in 2009, the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) is an Austin, TX-based non-profit committed to preserving both the legacy of genre film and the theatrical experience itself. Through collection, conservation and distribution, AGFA has rescued over 100 feature films from the void. Housing theatrical and video distribution arms, a 4K film scanner and over six thousand 35mm prints, AGFA will never rest until genre movies rule the world.

Join us for an expansive series of screenings based upon some of AGFA’s favorite in-house projects, including the works of exploitation film pioneer Doris Wishman, underground trash-art king Jon Moritsugu, Riot Grrrl icon Sarah Jacobson, found-footage founder Joe Dante and the world restoration premiere of Dave Markey’s ‘80s L.A. punk rock opus Desperate Teenage Lovedolls.

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. The series draws from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here

To SUBSCRIBE to our MAILING LIST for upcoming free screenings and events, e-mail the word "Subscribe" to: aago@cinema.usc.edu


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 7:00 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. We recommend buying a day pass for the Royal Street Structure, located at the intersection of Royal Street and W. Jefferson Blvd. Parking passes are $20/car. For more information about parking at USC, please visit USC Transportation Website:


Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu