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Virtual SCA Graduate Information Session
March 16, 2020 - November 11, 2021, 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 2022 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. 

CTCS-467: Television Symposium
August 24, 2021 - December 14, 2021, 7:00 P.M. - 10:00 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

This Fall 2021 semester, the School of Cinematic Arts will offer a very special course called CTCS-467: Television Symposium, a four-unit elective class open for enrollment to ALL USC STUDENTS OF ANY MAJOR that brings you face-to-face with the leading television writers, producers, directors and actors working today. Each week, students watch contemporary television programming selected from the best shows on the air, followed by an exclusive Q&A with the creative team behind the show. The class is taught by MARY MCNAMARA, Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic and cultural editor for the Los Angeles Times and meets in person every Tuesday night @ 7:00 P.M. in the Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108.

SHIVA BABY
September 23, 2021, 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 near college graduate, Danielle, gets paid by her sugar daddy and rushes to meet her neurotic parents at a family shiva. Upon arrival, she is accosted by various estranged relatives about her appearance and lack of post-grad plans, while her confident ex-girlfriend, Maya, is applauded by everyone for getting into law school. Danielle's day takes an unexpected turn when her sugar daddy, Max, arrives at the shiva with his accomplished wife, Kim, and crying baby. As the day unfolds, Danielle struggles to keep up different versions of herself, fend off pressures from her family and confront her insecurities without completely losing it.

MUBI Presents: THE NEW CURRICULUM
September 23, 2021 - October 14, 2021, 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

MUBI invites you to a special screening series of four breathtaking features. Each film has been hand-picked for you, to celebrate the beauty of the big screen. After the credits roll, join the MUBI Student Program to continue exploring incredible cinema, for just $6.99 a month.

SCA Network Presents: DEAR EVAN HANSEN with Director Stephen Chbosky
September 23, 2021, September 23, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Join the SCA Network for a special presentation of DEAR EVAN HANSEN. This event will feature a Q+A with Director Steven Chbosky.

PSYCHOMANIA (1973)
September 24, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
Live Online Webinar

American gave motorcycle-mad cinemagoers EASY RIDER, THE WILD ONE and THE WILD ANGELS . . . and Britain gave them PSYCHOMANIA, a tale of zombie bikers run amok that feels like an alt-Earth version of SUSPIRIA. Meet the Living Dead: a co-ed biker gang terrorizing a small English village by chasing cars off the road, buzzing pedestrians, and sporting atrocious haircuts. That is, until their longhair leader discovers the secret of eternal life under the guidance of his frog-worshipping occultist mother. Directed by Hammer veteran Don Sharp (THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE) -- and with character names like Hatchet and Chopped Meat, spectacular low budget effects and a ghoulish ambient psych score -- PSYCHOMANIA delivers the goods.

THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION
September 27, 2021, 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

Radha, a down-on-her-luck NY playwright, is desperate for a breakthrough before 40. But when she foils what seems like her last shot at success, she’s left with no choice but to reinvent herself as rapper RadhaMUSPrime. The Forty-Year-Old Version follows Radha as she vacillates between the worlds of Hip Hop and theater on a quest to find her true voice. Winner of the Directing Prize at The 2020 Sundance Film Festival, The Forty-Year-Old Version is a hilariously candid and deeply personal debut from writer/director Radha Blank. A fresh addition to the New York City slice-of-life canon shot in lush black and white 35mm, Blank’s film is an ode to the unfulfilled, and those whose adversity gives them a one-of-a-kind story to tell.

OVER THE MOON in IMAX
September 28, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre @ The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Fueled with determination and a passion for science, a bright young girl builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess. There she ends up on an unexpected quest, and discovers a whimsical land of fantastical creatures. Directed by animation legend Glen Keane, and produced by Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou, Over the Moon is an exhilarating musical adventure about moving forward, embracing the unexpected, and the power of imagination.

BLAST BEAT
September 29, 2021, 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

On the cusp of the year 2000, Colombian brothers Carly (Mateo Arias) and Mateo (Moises Arias) prepare to move to the United States for their last years of high school. Metalhead Carly has his heart set on attending the Georgia Aerospace Institute and working for NASA, while his supportive parents (Diane Guerrero and Wilmer Valderrama) seize the chance to escape the political turmoil in Colombia and chase the American Dream. At first, Mateo is the only one to express any cynicism, but when the reality of their new life sinks in, the family struggles to adapt as their expectations are shattered. When events threaten to derail their future, Carly's dream becomes his only lifeline.

ANOTHER ROUND
September 30, 2021, 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

Four friends, all teachers at various stages of middle age, are stuck in a rut. Unable to share their passions either at school or at home, they embark on an audacious experiment from an obscure philosopher: to see if a constant level of alcohol in their blood will help them find greater freedom and happiness. At first they each find a new-found zest, but as the gang pushes their experiment further, issues that have been simmering for years come to a head and the men are faced with a choice: reckon with their behavior or continue on the same course.

SCA Virtual Graduate Open House
September 30, 2021 - October 25, 2021, Varies
Online - Access Information Sent Via Email

The Virtual Open House will be the most comprehensive virtual event for prospective graduate applicants. The Virtual Open House will include an admissions presentation, current student panel and faculty panel. You will be able to ask questions you may have about the School of Cinematic Arts and the application process.

This session is for prospective graduate applicants only. This event will not include information about our PhD programs. Prospective students interested in the Cinema & Media Studies PhD program should contact mediastudies@cinema.usc.edu and students interested in the Media Arts + Practice PhD program should contact map@cinema.usc.edu.

CONTAGION
October 1, 2021, 1:00 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

Oscar®-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven films, Traffic) returns to large-scale cinema with this global action thriller that revolves around the threat of a deadly outbreak of a fatal disease and the people determined to keep it at bay. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart. A stellar international ensemble cast including Academy Award® winners Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard and nominees Jude Law and Laurence Fishburne portray the dedicated doctors at the CDC and World Health Organization who rush to contain the outbreak of a new virus. Tracking its source to Hong Kong and searching for a cure, these determined Samaritans do their utmost to limit deaths, civil unrest and the false rumors surrounding the disease in this viral outbreak drama with multiple plot lines in the style of Soderbergh's Oscar®-winning narcotics drama Traffic.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Annual Science Seminar Presents: THE NEXT PANDEMICS
October 1, 2021, 4:00 P.M. - 5:30 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

The goal of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation film school program is to influence the next generation of filmmakers to create more realistic and dramatic stories about science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes about scientists and engineers through the visual media. The goal is not to propagandize on behalf of science or to create exclusively positive images of scientists and engineers. Rather, the Sloan program aims to help aspiring and professional screenwriters and filmmakers integrate science and technology themes and characters into their work. All currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate SCA majors from the seven academic divisions are eligible and encouraged to apply for any of the listed Sloan grants.

HIS HOUSE
October 4, 2021, 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

After making a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, a young refugee couple struggle to adjust to their new life in a small English town that has an unspeakable evil lurking beneath the surface.

ARMY OF THE DEAD in IMAX
October 5, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre @ The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

From filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Zack Snyder’s Justice League), Army of the Dead takes place following a zombie outbreak that has left Las Vegas in ruins and walled off from the rest of the world. When Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), a former zombie war hero who’s now flipping burgers on the outskirts of the town he now calls home, is approached by casino boss Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada), it’s with the ultimate proposition: break into the zombie-infested quarantine zone to retrieve $200 million sitting in a vault beneath the strip before the city is nuked by the government in 32 hours. With little left to lose, Ward takes on the challenge, assembling a ragtag team of experts for the heist. With a ticking clock, a notoriously impenetrable vault, and a smarter, faster horde of Alpha zombies closing in, only one thing’s for certain in the greatest heist ever attempted: survivors take all.

SCA Virtual Graduate Financial Aid Session
October 6, 2021 - November 4, 2021, 5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time
Online - Access Information Sent Via Email

The Virtual Financial Aid Session will provide information about financing your USC education, the financial aid process at USC and scholarship opportunities provided to School of Cinematic Arts students.

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. 

PEACE BY CHOCOLATE
October 6, 2021, 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

After the bombing of his family’s chocolate factory, Tareq Hadhad, a charming young Syrian refugee, struggles to settle into small-town life in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Despite moving to a new country, he’s intent on pursuing his dream to become a doctor. But when his father, Issam, insists that he must focus on survival, Tareq and his family move towards a different, but familiar path: Rebuilding Issam’s chocolate business. When what seemed like a nostalgic attempt to cling onto remnants of an old life past becomes an overnight sensation, Tareq is shocked. Put in the role of business manager, he must choose between the demands of an exponentially growing business and an offer to go back to medical school. New challenges arise between a rival chocolatier while the heartbreak of Tareq’s sister left behind in Syria weighs heavily on the family. Nevertheless, Tareq remains set on his goals, buoyed by a supportive community of eclectics. As father and son both struggle to find common ground and navigate the complexities of family duty, the heightening tension between them threatens to tear the family apart. Based on the internationally recognized true story.
 

LA SKINS FEST Presents: Native American USC Graduates Return
October 11, 2021, 7:00 P.M. PDT
Live Online Webinar

The LA SKINS FEST has hosted many Native American USC graduates through its labs, festival, and other programs. Presented on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, this panel of writers, actors, directors, and producers will recall their time at USC and experiences with the LA SKINS FEST, and discuss how the entities work together to develop and promote indigenous voices in the arts.

POSSESSOR: UNCUT
October 14, 2021, 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

From the visionary mind of writer/director Brandon Cronenberg, POSSESSOR is an arresting sci-fi thriller about elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos. Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people’s bodies to execute high profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment Vos becomes trapped inside a mind that threatens to obliterate her.

SCARED TO DEBT: SALLIE MAE NOT Live Online Film Screening & Discussion
October 14, 2021, 7:00 P.M. PDT
Live Online Webinar

The issue of student loan debt forgiveness is a hot topic in the news today and has become a question of economic, racial, and social justice in America. USC presents a screening of the award-winning documentary SALLIE MAE NOT with a panel discussion of diverse perspectives to follow. Join us to reflect on how we came to this point as a society and to explore solutions to this crisis that continues to destroy the lives of millions of Americans today. SALLIE MAE NOT, episode one of the SCARED TO DEBT documentary series, is the untold story of how the United States government set up a system of greed that gutted student loans of fair lending and consumer protections leading to the skyrocketing cost of tuition and indenturing millions of people through predatory lending. We will discuss the myriad of ways in which student debt affects their lives and well-being, drawing on both Jewish values and American ethics.

REBEL HEARTS: A Special Live Online Screening and Filmmaker Q&A
October 17, 2021, 6:00 P.M. PDT
Live Online Webinar

In 1960s Los Angeles a trailblazing group of nuns, The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, bravely stood up to the patriarchy of the Catholic Church, fighting for equality, their livelihoods, and their own freedom against an all-powerful Cardinal who sought to keep them in their place. Their bold acts of faith, defiance and activism turned the Church upside down, helping to reshape our society in ways that continue to resonate today. From marching in Selma in 1965 to the Women’s March in 2018, they challenged the notion of what a nun and a woman were supposed to be. These unlikely resistance fighters, including Anita Caspary, Helen Kelley, Pat Reif and iconic pop artist Corita Kent, were devoted to a life of service, not only to others but to themselves - forming a community that empowered each sister to live up to their fullest potential. Their desire to bring the church into modern life was met with forceful opposition at every turn. As each of them discovered their own talents and voices, they fully stepped into their roles as leaders in a movement that is still making waves. In the feature documentary REBEL HEARTS, director Pedro Kos combines incredible archival footage, stunning animation and two decades of interviews gathered by the film’s producer Shawnee Isaac-Smith, to beautifully illuminate the story of these incredible women.

INTRUSION in IMAX
October 19, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre @ The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Meera (Freida Pinto) and Henry Parsons (Logan Marshall-Green) move to a small town in New Mexico seeking peace and togetherness. Instead, they become victims of a random act of violence that disrupts their lives and unearths secrets of their pasts. As their trust erodes, suspicions rise, testing their marriage as it becomes clear the home invasion was not random at all.

SCA Virtual Graduate Alumni Panel
October 20, 2021, 5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time
Online - Access Information Sent Via Email

The Virtual Alumni Panel will give you the opportunity to meet and hear from alumni who have recently graduated from the School of Cinematic Arts. You will be able to hear their stories and ask questions about their journey as a SCA student and their transition into the industry. 

This session is for prospective graduate applicants only. This event will not include information about our PhD programs. Prospective students interested in the Cinema & Media Studies PhD program should contact mediastudies@cinema.usc.edu and students interested in the Media Arts + Practice PhD program should contact map@cinema.usc.edu.

POSSESSION
October 25, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Banned upon its original release in 1981, Andrzej Zulawski’s stunningly choreographed nightmare of a marriage unraveling is an experience unlike any other. Professional spy Mark (Sam Neill) returns to his West Berlin home to find his wife Anna (Isabelle Adjani, in a role that earned her Best Actress at Cannes) insistent on a divorce. As Anna’s frenzied behavior becomes ever more alarming, Mark discovers a truth far more sinister than his wildest suspicions. With its pulsating score, visceral imagery, and some of the most haunting performances ever captured on screen, Possession is cinematic delirium at its most intoxicating.

NEW ORDER in IMAX
October 26, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre @ The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Conceived six years ago, Michel Franco’s near-future dystopia feels ripped from headlines that haven’t yet been written. While protests rage in the streets, Marianne’s high society family prepares for her wedding. At first, only splatters of green paint and the appearance of Rolando, a former employee seeking emergency medical funds, intrude on the festivities. But soon the party is unable to keep the reckoning at bay, and what follows is a swift disintegration of law and order defined first by class lines, then by disastrous government recapitulation.

FRANCESCO
October 27, 2021, 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

Francesco takes an unsparing look at the most pressing issues of the 21st Century; economic stratification, race and gender inequality, the climate crisis, xenophobia and others; while shining a light on the challenges and consequences that have led us to this moment in time. As we embark on this journey, with Pope Francis as our guide, we discover a leader who demonstrates a tremendous amount of humility, wisdom and generosity towards all, and whose ideals can help us build a bridge to a better future and thrive as a global community. Francesco is not a biographical film about Pope Francis in the traditional sense. Rather, the documentary provides a glimpse into his work addressing so many issues of today; climate change, immigration, peace and religious tolerance, the LGBT community, gender and identity justice, health, and economic equality. As a result, we are given an example of leadership that provides hope and inspiration during one of the most unprecedented moments in our lives.

GUNDA in IMAX
November 2, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre @ The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Experiential cinema in its purest form, Gunda chronicles the unfiltered lives of a mother pig, a flock of chickens, and a herd of cows with masterful intimacy. Using stark, transcendent black and white cinematography and the farm's ambient soundtrack, director Victor Kossakowsky invites the audience to slow down and experience life as his subjects do, taking in their world with a magical patience and an other worldly perspective. Gunda asks us to meditate on the mystery of animal consciousness, and reckon with the role humanity plays in it. Executive Produced by Joaquin Phoenix.‍

NIGHT OF THE KINGS in IMAX
November 9, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre @ The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

A young man is sent to “La Maca,” a prison in the middle of the Ivorian forest ruled by its inmates. As tradition goes with the rising of the red moon, he is designated by the Boss to be the new “Roman” and must tell a story to the other prisoners. Learning what fate awaits him, he begins to narrate the mystical life of the legendary outlaw named “Zama King” and has no choice but to make his story last until dawn.

SCA Current USC Transfer Information Session
November 11, 2021, 4:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Online - Access Information Sent Via Email

Join the SCA Admissions staff and SCA Student Affairs staff for an information session to learn more about applying to the SCA undergraduate programs for the Fall 2022 semester. Topics will include an overview of the school and programs, facilities, SCA scholarships and academic advising.

This session is for Current USC Transfer applicants only. 

KAJILLIONAIRE: Live Screening and Q&A with Writer/Director Miranda July
November 19, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

From her early Riot Grrrl–influenced fanzines and performances to a career that has produced seminal films, fiction, sculptures, public art, and even a smartphone app, Miranda July is one of the most impressive cross-disciplinary artists of her generation. Join us for a screening of her third feature film, Kajillionaire, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2020 and stars Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger, and Gina Rodriguez. July will introduce the movie and participate in a post-screening Q&A with Nana Adwoa Frimpong, MFA Candidate at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, George Lucas Scholar, and the recipient of the John Huston Scholarship for Directing.