Upcoming Events

On-Campus SCA Information Session
January 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020, 11:00 AM
USC School of Cinematic Arts

This information session is available for prospective applicants interested in the undergraduate and/or graduate programs at the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA).  The session begins with a presentation discussing the SCA programs, admissions processes and available facilities at the school -- an opportunity for Q & A will also be given.

The Metropolitan Opera's 2019/2020 Live in HD Broadcast Series
October 12, 2019 - April 11, 2020, Varied
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts, USC Thornton School of Music, USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, and the Metropolitan Opera Invite you and a guest to select broadcasts from the 2019/2020 Live in HD Broadcast Series.

Festival & Distribution: General Info Sessions
December 13, 2019 - May 13, 2020, Varies
School of Cinematic Arts, SCA 255

Industry Relations presents monthly Festival & Distribution General Info Group Sessions. Learn about the first steps to submit to film festivals, strategic ways to choose where to apply, and get your general festival questions answered.

CNTV-499: WAR, JUSTICE, AND GLOBAL NARRATIVES IN THE 21ST CENTURY
January 13, 2020 - May 11, 2020, 1:00 P.M. - 4:50 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

What is the place of art in a time of global crisis? This course explores how the cinematic arts bring stories of mass crimes to the world and presents the national and international institutions that aspire to protect individuals. The course invites students to investigate the interplay between global crisis and the cinematic arts– the ways in which different narratives define conflict and the institutions meant to protect people from conflict. Luis Moreno Ocampo will co-teach this course with Professor Ted Braun, Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair of Cinematic Ethics. The course is open to graduate and undergraduate students from any major at the College and any USC School.

Outside the Box [Office]: Spring 2020
January 15, 2020 - May 15, 2020, Varied
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] is SCA's ongoing weekly showcase for upcoming international, documentary and independent cinema. The series draws from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain and often features recent award-winning films from Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, SXSW and Venice Film Festivals. All screenings are free of charge and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. All screenings will be OVERBOOKED to ensure capacity.

Dana Knowles Retirement Celebration
January 24, 2020, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
SCA Gallery, SCA 120

Retirement Event for Dana Knowles

CASTING SEMINAR
January 24, 2020, 5-7 PM
SCA 110

The CASTING PROCESS is one of the most overlooked aspects of filmmaking! Do you know how to post a casting notice? Do you know how to keep your SAG-AFTRA actors happy? Do you know how to keep your access to the finest acting pool in the nation? You had better get as well trained in the casting process as you can ... and for that reason, Jennifer Warren and Joe Wallenstein have set up this 2-hour seminar for your edification.

ONE MORE ORBIT presented in IMAX
January 24, 2020, 7:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre at the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

One More Orbit is a documentary following Col. Terry Virts, Astronaut and commander of the International Space Station, as he and a multinational team of pilots set out to break the world record for the fastest circumnavigation of the earth via both poles. The mission takes place during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Apollo 11 moon landing, as a tribute to the past, present, and future of space exploration. Navigating with Qatar Executive’s Gulfstream G650, the team launched the mission and record attempt from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. This is the same location where Apollo 11 launched their historic mission 50 years ago.

USC Sundance 2020 Film Festival Party
January 26, 2020, 2:00-4:00 PM
Park City, Utah

The USC School of Cinematic Arts congratulates our alumni, students, and faculty with projects accepted at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
INVITATIONS FOR THE ANNUAL USC SUNDANCE PARTY WILL BE SENT IN JANUARY.

VFW
January 28, 2020, 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 Wild Bunch meets Night of the Living Dead, the film follows Fred and his military buddies as they must defend their local V.F.W. (Veterans of Foreign Wars) post – and an innocent teen – against a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of punk mutants. These Vietnam vets have been to hell and back, but this will be the longest night of their lives.

THE TRAITOR
January 29, 2020, 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 Traitor tells the true story of Tommaso Buscetta, the man who brought down the Cosa Nostra. In the early 1980’s, an all out war rages between Sicilian mafia bosses over the heroin trade. Tommaso Buscetta, a made man, flees to hide out in Brazil. Back home, scores are being settled and Buscetta watches from afar as his sons and brother are killed in Palermo, knowing he may be next. Arrested and extradited to Italy by the Brazilian police, Buscetta makes a decision that will change everything for the Mafia: He decides to meet with Judge Giovanni Falcone and betray the eternal vow he made to the Cosa Nostra.

GRETEL & HANSEL
January 29, 2020, 7:30 P.M.
AMC Century City 15, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067

A long time ago in a distant fairytale countryside, a young girl (Sophia Lillis, It) leads her little brother (Sammy Leakey) into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.

PIONEERS IN SKIRTS
January 30, 2020, 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

In an inspiring portrait of perseverance and determination, director Ashley Maria not only shares her own story of gender discrimination, but she follows the journey of three robotic girls and their fathers as well as a young mother – all while traveling the U.S. to investigate solutions. She spoke to fellow pioneering women and interviewed topic experts. By the end of her quest, Ashley finds out how we ALL can address the stereotyping and sexism that can chip away at a woman, hurt her potential, and make her feel like she must re-think her dreams.

The Actor's Director Workshop: A Creative Workshop for Directors, Actors, and Writers
February 1, 2020 - February 2, 2020, 11:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts

There is that rare breed of Director that just “knows” how to get the best out of the actor -- giving them a sense of freedom, inspiring courage, and bringing clarity. The challenge in collaborative storytelling is learning to speak the same language, and finding ways to bring out the best in each other. Taught by two established artists with decades in the business, actor/director Sheryl Lee and actor/writer/director Gary Hershberger discovered that there was an opportunity for growth in the way actors and directors think about each other, how they explore the process, and in turn how they have conversations about the craft.

The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS
February 1, 2020, 9:55 A.M. - 1:25 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

One of America’s favorite operas takes the big screen on February 1. James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. “If you’re going to stage Gershwin’s opera, this is how,” raved the Guardian when the new production premiered in London in 2018. David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, and Alfred Walker.

OUR BOYS
February 4, 2020, 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

In the summer of 2014, three Jewish teenagers are kidnapped and murdered by Hamas militants. Israel is shocked, shaken and furious. Two days later, the burned body of a Palestinian teenager from eastern Jerusalem is found in a forest on the western outskirts of the city. In the ensuing days, an agent from the internal terror division of the Shin Bet investigates the murder, while the parents of the slain teenager begin their long and anguished journey toward justice and consolation. Filmed in Israel, Our Boys is based on the true events which led to the outbreak of war in Gaza. The series follows the investigation of Mohammed Abu Khdeir’s murder, and tells the story of all those involved, Jews and Arabs alike, whose lives were forever changed by these events.

SEE YOU YESTERDAY
February 5, 2020, 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

High school best friends and science prodigies C.J. and Sebastian spend every spare minute working on their latest homemade invention: backpacks that enable time travel. But when C.J.’s older brother Calvin dies after an encounter with police officers, the young duo decide to put their unfinished tech to use in a desperate bid to save Calvin. From director Stefon Bristol and producer Spike Lee comes See You Yesterday, a sci-fi adventure grounded in familial love, cultural divides and the universal urge to change the wrongs of the past.

Farewell Celebration for Marlene Loadvine
February 6, 2020, 3:00-6:00PM
USC School of Cinematic Arts Gallery, SCA 120

Please join Dean Elizabeth Daley in celebrating the extraordinary career and accomplishments of Marlene Loadvine, whose contributions to USC span thirty-five years.

'Voodoo Macbeth' Screening, Q&A, plus reception!
February 8, 2020, 7:00 PM
NORRIS THEATER

Please join us for the premiere screening of VOODOO MACBETH on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7PM in Norris.

DARK GIRLS 2...DEEP, DARK AND PERFECT
February 19, 2020, 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

Director/Producer D. Channsin Berry is back with DARK GIRLS 2…Deep, Dark and Perfect. Berry says… "I’m concentrating more on the triumphs and the beauty on Dark and Light Skin Women and Girls. There will be still some stories of pain and heartache, because many Women and Young girls are still dealing with lack of self-esteem issues because of Colorism. The Big question is… How can Women and Girls get to the place of HEALING and become their higher selves? so, they make better decisions about their lives. So, the documentary film will feature REAL Women, Historians and other Professionals and their recommended procedures for moving past the pain. For example: Focusing on the here and now and not the past. Expressing your pain out loud. Making the decision to "let it go" through FORGIVENESS."

George Frideric Handel's AGRIPPINA
March 7, 2020, 12:00 P.M. - 5:10 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome arrives in cinemas with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting. Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to “the present,” where it should loudly resonate. The all-star cast features mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as Agrippina’s son and future emperor Nerone, soprano Brenda Rae as the seductive Poppea, countertenor Iestyn Davies as the ambitious officer Ottone, and bass Matthew Rose as the weary emperor Claudius.

Giacomo Puccini's TOSCA
April 11, 2020, 9:55 A.M. - 1:07 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Soprano Anna Netrebko, whom the New York Times hailed as “magnificent” when she made her role debut as Tosca in 2018, returns to cinemas on April 11 as Puccini’s explosive diva. Tenor Brian Jagde is the idealistic painter Cavaradossi, and baritone Michael Volle completes the opera’s fatal love triangle as the sinister Scarpia. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s stunning production.