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Virtual SCA Graduate Information Session
March 16, 2020 - January 31, 2022, Varies
Online - Access Information Sent Via Email

Join the SCA Admissions staff for an online information session to learn more about applying to the SCA graduate programs for the Fall 2023 semester.  Topics will include an overview of the school, programs and facilities, financial aid, Q&A with staff and more!

This session is for prospective graduate applicants only.  Please note that the Zoom link to the online session will be sent via email the morning of the session you register for. 

Congratulations to our USC SCA filmmakers accepted to Sundance & Slamdance 2022 Film Festivals!
January 20, 2022 - January 30, 2022, Various
Virtual programming

The USC School of Cinematic Arts congratulates our alumni, students, and faculty with projects accepted at the 2022 Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals.

Please join us for a lively virtual discussion with SCA alumni about their Sundance Film Festival experiences and insight into the 2022 virtual edition:

Two OSCARĀ®-Shortlisted Doc Shorts from Netflix: AUDIBLE & LEAD ME HOME
January 23, 2022, 5:00 P.M.
Live Online Webinar

A special live online screening of two OSCAR®-Shortlisted Doc Shorts from Netflix: Audible & Lead Me Home, followed by a Live Virtual Q&A with Filmmakers Matt Ogens, Pedro Kos, and Jon Shenk.

THE GOOD BOSS
January 24, 2022, 7:00 P.M.
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Blanco, the charismatic owner of a family-run factory, is under pressure as he covets a local award for business excellence. Everything needs to be perfect! But the veneer of the perfect company cracks as Blanco has to deal with a vengeful fired worker, a depressed supervisor, and an infatuated ambitious intern. To win the competiton, the manipulative “good boss” shamelessly meddles in his employees’ private lives and crosses every line imaginable, unknowingly starting an explosive chain reaction with wild consequences. The Good Boss is a biting and acerbic character study with Javier Bardem in the titular role and a darkly funny social satire of the workplace. This is the third collaboration between award-winning director Fernando León de Aranoa and Academy Award© winner Javier Bardem, following Loving Pablo (Venice 2017 Official Selection) and Mondays in the Sun.

I'M YOUR MAN
January 25, 2022, 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

Alma (Marin Eggert) is a scientist coerced into participating in an extraordinary study in order to obtain research funds for her work. For three weeks, she has to live with a humanoid robot tailored to her character and needs, whose artificial intelligence is designed to be the perfect life partner for her. Enter Tom (Dan Stevens), a machine in human form in a class of its own, created solely to make her happy. The film is a humorous tale about the questions of love, longing and what makes a human being human.

LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM
January 26, 2022, 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

A young teacher in modern Bhutan, Ugyen, shirks his duties while planning to go to Australia to become a singer. As a reprimand, his superiors send him to the most remote school in the world, in a village called Lunana, to complete his service. He finds himself exiled from his Westernized comforts after an arduous 8 day trek just to get there. There he finds no electricity, no textbooks, not even a blackboard. Though poor, the villagers extend a warm welcome to their new teacher, but he faces the daunting task of teaching the village children without any supplies. He wants to quit and go home, but he begins to learn of the hardship in the lives of the beautiful children he teaches, and begins to be transformed through the amazing spiritual strength of the villagers.

Sundance 2022: A Live Online Panel with SCA Alumni
January 27, 2022, 4:00 P.M. PST
Live Online Webinar

A lively virtual discussion with SCA filmmakers about their Sundance Film Festival experiences, and insight into the 2022 Virtual Edition running from January 20th - January 30th, 2022. Featuring: Abi Damaris Corbin '16 (Screenwriter, Director, Executive Producer - 892), Sam Davis '16 (Producer, Director of Photography - Long Line of Ladies), Ross Dinerstein '05 (Producer - TikTok, Boom.), Chenglin Xie '19 (Screenwriter, Director, Producer, Animator - Meal on the Plate) and Rayka Zehtabchi '16 (Director, Producer - Long Line of Ladies). Moderated by SCA Professor Doug Blush '88.

PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN
January 27, 2022, 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 a solitary town nestled in the Mexican mountains, the girls wear boyish haircuts and have hiding places underground. Ana and her two best friends take over the houses of those who have fled and dress up as women when no one is watching. In their own impenetrable universe, magic and joy abound; meanwhile, their mothers train them to flee from those who turn them into slaves or ghosts. But one day, one of the girls doesn’t make it to her hideout in time. Liberally adapted from Jennifer Clement’s eponymous 2014 novel.

ENCANTO
January 28, 2022, 7:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Encanto tells the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family who live in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. Each child has been blessed with a magic gift unique to them—each child except Mirabel. But when the family’s home is threatened, Mirabel may be their only hope.

Giuseppe Verdi's RIGOLETTO
January 29, 2022, 9:55 A.M. - 12:40 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Bartlett Sher’s bold new take on Verdi’s timeless tragedy arrives in cinemas on January 29. The Tony Award­–winning director resets the opera’s action in 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber, themselves boasting a combined 11 Tony Awards. Baritone Quinn Kelsey, a commanding artist at the height of his powers, brings his searing portrayal of the title role to the Met for the first time, starring alongside soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Becza?a as the Duke of Mantua, with leading maestro Daniele Rustioni on the podium. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.

BREAKING BREAD
January 31, 2022, 7:00 P.M.
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel - the first Muslim Arab to win Israel's MasterChef - is on a quest to make social change through food. And so, she founded the A-sham Arabic Food Festival, where pairs of Arab and Jewish chefs collaborate on exotic dishes like kishek (a Syrian yogurt soup), and qatayef (a dessert typically served during Ramadan). A film about hope, synergy and mouthwatering fare, Breaking Bread illustrates what happens when people focus on the person, rather than her religion; on the public, rather than the politicians.

ATTICA
February 1, 2022, 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 1971, tensions between inmates and guards at the Attica Correctional Facility come to a head in the early hours of September 9 when inmates from the maximum-security prison in Upstate New York launched into the largest and bloodiest prison riot in US history. Through original interviews with former inmates, family members of the hostages, and those who witnessed the rebellion firsthand, ATTICA brings us back to a moment in time that resonated for decades, weaving hundreds of hours of never-before-seen, archival footage from inside the prison. The film captures the people, politics, emotions and tragedy, which continue to serve as a wake-up call about the need for prison reform and a reminder of the responsibilities of justice.

THE LOYOLA PROJECT
February 2, 2022, 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 1963, at the height of the civil rights movement, the Loyola Ramblers of Chicago broke racial barriers and changed college basketball forever.? Now, nearly 60 years later, this legendary team is reexamined by Loyola basketball player and co-captain, Lucas Williamson. Lucas is also a Northwestern Mutual Intern. Woven together with archival footage and modern day interviews, this captivating story continues to provide inspiration in the fight for equality.

THE UNMAKING OF A COLLEGE
February 7, 2022, 7:00 P.M.
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

This is a film about young people on a rescue mission—for a school and an educational philosophy. The Unmaking of a College delves into the 2019 crisis at Hampshire College when students led a 75-day sit-in – the longest in American college history – at the new president's office to thwart her underhanded attempt to give up the independence of one of the most experimenting colleges in the United States. From the start, the students were filming events to hold the administration accountable and empower their movement. Alum Goldstein weaves their powerful documentation with interviews with students, professors, whistleblowers, and alumni including filmmaker Ken Burns. A raucous ode to democracy in action, this film evokes the courage required to stand up to power at a time when many liberal arts colleges are failing. Can the storied tradition of liberal arts education—and the nation it has created—be saved? This is a story of young people moved to action by these questions, how they were changed forever by their choices, and how they are becoming our future leaders.

I WAS A SIMPLE MAN
February 8, 2022, 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

I Was A Simple Man is a ghost story set in the pastoral countryside of the north shore of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. Revealed in four chapters, it tells the story of an elderly man facing the end of his life, visited by the ghosts of his past. Incorporating familial history and mythology, dream logic and surrealism, I Was a Simple Man is a time-shifting, kaleidoscopic story of a fractured family facing the death of their patriarch that will take us from the high-rises of contemporary Honolulu to pre-WWII pastorals of O‘ahu and, finally, into the beyond.

SALT IN MY SOUL
February 15, 2022, 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

Salt in My Soul, a new documentary from 3 Arts Entertainment based on the bestselling memoir of the same name, provides a unique look into the mind of a young woman trying to live fully while dying. It’s a simple coming-of-age story that focuses our attention on complicated issues including antimicrobial resistance (AMR, which leads to superbugs), mental health issues, the link between human and environmental health, and the need to amplify patient voices.

FAMILY PICTURES USC: HOW I GOT HERE -- Call for USC Student Submissions
March 24, 2022, 6:00 P.M. PDT
Live Online Webinar

Family Pictures USA is pleased to be presenting at USC, in partnership with USC Vision and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative and the USC School of Cinema Arts, a special program celebrating our unique journeys through life and HOW I GOT HERE. All students and members of the USC community are invited to share 1-3 photographs of your journey to where you are today. The journey could cover a period of time or it could represent a spatial geography or even an emotional transformation. The images should illuminate the sense of passage from one state of being to here, now. Most importantly, the images should capture the essence of what "Here" means to You.