Upcoming Events

Festival & Distribution: General Info Sessions
August 1, 2018 - May 14, 2019, 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.

The Metropolitan Opera's 2018/2019 Live in HD Broadcast Series
October 20, 2018 - March 30, 2019, 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 2018/2019 Live in HD Broadcast Series.

On-Campus SCA Information Session
January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019, 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.

CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium
January 10, 2019 - May 2, 2019, 6:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

This Spring 2019 semester, the School of Cinematic Arts will offer a very special course called CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium, a four-unit elective class open for enrollment to ALL USC STUDENTS OF ANY MAJOR that brings you face-to-face with leading film directors, writers, producers, and actors working today. Each week, students watch sneak previews of upcoming Hollywood movies, followed by an exclusive Q&A with the creative team behind the film. The class is taught by film critic LEONARD MALTIN and meets every Thursday night from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. in the Frank Sinatra Hall at the Norris Cinema Theatre Complex.

40 YEARS OF ALIEN: 40th Anniversary Exhibit
January 25, 2019 - May 12, 2019, Varied
The Hugh M. Hefner Exhibition Hall, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts and 20th Century Fox Archives present an exclusive anniversary exhibit celebrating 40 years of one of Hollywood’s most enduring and beloved cinematic franchises. Based on characters and a screenplay written by USC Cinematic Arts graduate Dan O’Bannon, Ridley Scott’s Alien exploded into global pop culture in 1979. The outer space sci-fi horror saga further evolved under the mastery of idiosyncratic filmmakers James Cameron (Aliens, 1986), David Fincher (Alien 3, 1992), and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Alien: Resurrection, 1997), followed bytwo “prequel” origin stories, Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017), also directed by Ridley Scott. Pulling together elements from all six films, displays will include concept artwork and Alien creature designs by visionary Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, as well as storyboards, production design blueprints, international poster art, models, costumes, props, ephemera, merchandise, and fan art.

Admitted Graduate Student Day 2019
February 13, 2019 - April 5, 2019, 12:00pm-5:00pm
USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, CA

Experience firsthand the benefits of receiving an SCA education. You will meet the School’s deans, staff, faculty, and current students as you become better acquainted with the specifics of your program of study.  The Dean strongly encourages your attendance.

Cinematheque 108 Presents: Young Filmmakers In LA, Program I - Curated by Dicky Bahto
February 19, 2019, 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

For this program, I drew from works shown over the past couple of years. To honor the eclecticism of the series, I chose works that range from the formal to the personal, the political to the playful. Nesanet Abegaze and Mona Varichon both created their works in collaboration with their parents, while Jennifer Saparzadeh started her film as an exploration of her family’s journey to the US from Iran, but ended up involved in the current refugee crisis in Europe. Alee Peoples and Christina Nguyen both use formal explorations as a basis for constructing their works, while Caitlin Díaz and Chloe Reyes show lyrical films rooted in observation. Nora Sweeney’s work is classic documentary portraiture, while Julie Sadowski’s work is a collage of found-texts delivered as a speech in a darkened room. -- Dicky Bahto

2019 Jack Oakie Comedy Scholarships Seminar (Make-up Session)
February 25, 2019, 11:00 AM
SCA 110

SCA will host a make-up session for the 2019-2020 Jack Oakie Comedy scholarships with Jack Epps, the Victoria and Jack Oakie Endowed Chair in Comedy and Chair of the Writing Division. To be considered for 2019-2020 Oakie Comedy scholarships, interested students are required to attend a Jack Oakie Scholarship Seminar.

THE ENGLISH PATIENT
February 26, 2019, 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

Winner of nine Academy Awards in 1996, including Best Picture, Best Director (Anthony Minghella) and Best Supporting Actress (Juliette Binoche), this powerful motion picture is an experience you will never forget. During World War II, a mysterious stranger (Ralph Fiennes) is cared for by american allies unaware of his dangerous past. Yet, as the mystery of his identity is revealed, an incredible tale of passion, intrigue, and adventure unfolds. Also starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth, and Willem Dafoe.

BLACK LOVE Screening and Q&A
February 27, 2019, 7 PM - 10 PM
SCA 108

A special screening of the docuseries BLACK LOVE that airs on the OWN network followed by a Q&A featuring the filmmakers and couples featured on the show!

Cinematheque 108 Presents: Young Filmmakers In LA, Program II - Curated by Madison Brookshire
February 28, 2019, 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

Madison Brookshire is an artist and educator specializing in experimental media and progressive education practices. Prior to joining Commonweal’s Visual Thinking Strategies Program (VTS) in the fall of 2017, he worked at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) in the Education Department for more than nine years. While at MOCA, he helped develop the Contemporary Art Start-Visual Thinking Strategies Curriculum; planned professional development workshops for teachers; co-coordinated the MOCA teen program; and programmed a bimonthly collaborative film and video series with Los Angeles Filmforum. In 2017, with Jeanne Hoel, he co-authored the Contemporary Art Start User Guide, an instructional guide for teachers on how to use VTS to implement a community-building contemporary art curriculum in their classrooms. He is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Art Department at UC Riverside, where he teaches theory. He exhibits his films, performances, and installations internationally.

Gaetano Donizetti's LA FILLE DU REGIMENT
March 2, 2019, 9:55 A.M. - 12:35 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks—including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis … Pour mon âme,” with its nine high Cs. Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro trade off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. And in an exciting piece of casting, stage and screen icon Kathleen Turner makes her Met debut in the speaking role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp.

SOUND OF AWAKENING: A Soundbath Music Experience
March 3, 2019, 6:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

On Sunday, March 3rd from 6:30pm-9: 30 pm, The Wiltern will begin a new chapter in its 90 year history as they host "Sound of Awakening" for the venues' first ever sound meditation experience & creating one of Lucidity Festival's Moon Eye View pre-celebration event. The growing popularity of this type of musical meditation movement has erupted all over the world in the past decade. It has attracted a widely diverse set of fans & attendees seeking sounds & vibrations that relax, calm & rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. "Sound of Awakening" is a co-creative blend of modern-day contemporary music & the sacred art of healing through vibration. This trio of world-talented artists, known as Shane Thunder, Kadija'Maa (Kady Taylor), and Philipp Schardt (TempleMind), weave a masterpiece of intuitive soundscapes that blur the dimensions between modern musical scores, live performance vocals, & deep meditative tones. Having released several EPs and their iconic "Oceanic" album in 2018, these musicians share a theatrical experience meant for every type of audience!

Cinematheque 108 Presents: Andy Warhol's LUPE (1965)
March 5, 2019, Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

On one side of the screen, a baby-doll blonde type is primped and powdered by a make-up man, while on the other side the same girl eats a long meal in an elegant dining-room. This one is in color. At the end, both panels are used to show the girl with her head in a toilet.

How Entertainment Media Can Influence Better Childcare Policy
March 6, 2019, 6 pm
SCA 108

 Join us for a screening of Maya and Lily, a narrative short that exposes the lack of adequate childcare options for working families, followed by a discussion on how films, television shows and other entertainment media can bring this issue to greater awareness.

BEST F(R)IENDS, VOLUME 2
March 19, 2019, 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

As Jon (Greg Sestero's drifter) makes a run for it, he finds himself on a desert expedition, where wild characters and dark foibles intersect. As his misadventure teaches him about friendship and loyalty, Harvey (Tommy Wiseau's mortician) surfaces a surprise or two.

90th Anniversary Alumni Conversations Series: KEVIN MCCOLLUM & KAREY KIRKPATRICK
March 20, 2019, 7:30 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

Kevin McCollum has received the Tony Award for Best Musical for In the Heights (2008), Avenue Q (2004), and Rent (1996), which also won the Pulitzer Prize. He is currently represented off-Broadway  and on tour with the Olivier Award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong. He produced Mike Birbiglia’s The New One (Broadway); Something Rotten! (Broadway, National Tour), Hand to God (Broadway, West End), Motown: The Musical (Broadway, West End, National Tour, and UK Tour), The Drowsy Chaperone in 2006, which won five Tony Awards, Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme in 2002, [title of show] in 2008, the touring and Broadway productions of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the off Broadway hit De La Guarda, and the recent hit revival of West Side Story. Upcoming projects include the West Side Story film (directed by Steven Spielberg); The Notebook (music and lyrics by Ingrid Michaelson, book by Bekah Brunstetter); and, through his joint venture with Fox Stage, adaptations of Mrs. Doubtfire and The Devil Wears Prada.

Karey Kirkpatrick is a writer, director and composer. His screenplay credits include The Rescuers Down Under, Charlotte's Web, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, James and the Giant Peach, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Chicken Run, and Over the Hedge, which he also co-directed. He directed the Paramount Picture’s film Imagine That starring Eddie Murphy and recently directed and co-wrote the screenplay for the WB animated film Smallfoot for which he also co wrote the songs with his brother Wayne.