Upcoming Events

Virtual SCA Graduate Information Session
April 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024, 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 Spring/Fall 2024 semester.  Topics will include an overview of the school, programs and facilities, financial aid, Q&A with staff and more!

In-Person SCA Graduate Information Session
May 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024, Varies
SCA Courtyard

Join the SCA Admissions staff for an in-person information session to learn more about applying to the SCA graduate programs for the Fall 2024 semester.  Topics will include an overview of the school, programs and facilities, financial aid, Q&A with staff and more!

CTCS-467: Television Symposium
January 8, 2024 - May 6, 2024, 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

This Spring 2024 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 Monday night @ 7:00 P.M. in the Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108.

CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium
January 11, 2024 - May 2, 2024, 6:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

This Spring 2024 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. Throughout the semester, students will watch a wide selection of new film releases, followed by exclusive Q&As with the creative teams behind them. The class is taught by film critic LEONARD MALTIN and meets every Thursday night in Norris Cinema Theatre from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

PROBLEMISTA
February 26, 2024, 3:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre, RZC 119, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Alejandro is an aspiring toy designer from El Salvador, struggling to bring his unusual ideas to life in New York City. As time on his work visa runs out, a job assisting an erratic art-world outcast becomes his only hope to stay in the country and realize his dream. From writer/director Julio Torres comes a surreal adventure through the equally treacherous worlds of New York City and the U.S. Immigration system.

NAI NAI & WÀI PÓ
February 26, 2024, 7:30 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre, RZC 119, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

First generation Taiwanese American Director Sean Wang turns a camera on his grandmas (his “N?i Nai” and “Wài Pó”), who are inseparable best friends and roommates in their 80s and 90s. The film captures their daily lives in hilarious and unexpected ways as they dance, stretch, and fart their sorrows away—eventually giving way to a poignant meditation on lives marked by both joy and pain. Together, grandmas and grandson remind us that getting older doesn’t have to mean fading away.

SOMETIMES AUNT MARTHA DOES DREADFUL THINGS
February 27, 2024, 3:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre, RZC 119, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Dropping somewhere between PINK FLAMINGOS, BLOOD FEAST, and an episode of THE BRADY BUNCH on acid, SOMETIMES AUNT MARTHA DOES DREADFUL THINGS is a histrionic psychodrama that could only have originated in the alternate dimension known as Florida. After robbing a bank in Baltimore, cross-dressing Paul (aka Aunt Martha) and his partner Stanley hide out in a Florida town. But it’s only a matter of time beforePaul’s paranoia forces him to embark on a demented killing spree. AGFA is thrilled to present one of the most unforgettable exploitation movies of all time -- and an overlooked chapter of early queer cinema -- preserved from the only 35mm theatrical print in existence.

KUNG FU PANDA 4
February 27, 2024, 7:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

This spring, for the first time in almost a decade, comedy icon Jack Black returns to his role as Po, the world’s most unlikely kung fu master, with a hilarious, butt-kicking new chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s beloved action-comedy franchise: Kung Fu Panda 4. After three death-defying adventures defeating world-class villains with his unmatched courage and mad martial arts skills, Po, the Dragon Warrior (Golden Globe nominee Jack Black), is called upon by destiny to … give it a rest already. More specifically, he’s tapped to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace.

SCA Council on Diversity & Inclusion Meeting
February 28, 2024, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
SCA 204

We hope to see you all at our Council on Diversity & Inclusion meeting on Wednesday, February 28th  at 3:00 p.m. in SCA 204  Our meetings are open to the SCA community and we welcome SCA students, staff, and faculty to attend. We will provide updates of council initiatives and provide space for a general community discussion. Please email diversity@cinema.usc.edu if you would like to add an agenda item. Thank you for your continued support!

SNACK SHACK
February 28, 2024, 7:00 P.M.
The Albert & Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Nebraska City, summer of 1991—Inseparable best friends AJ (Conor Sherry – Are You Afraid of the Dark?, The Terminal List) and Moose (Gabriel LaBelle - The Fabelmans) seize the opportunity to run the local pool's rundown snack shack after their plan to gamble on dog races and sell home-brewed beer goes down the drain. Dreaming of striking it rich, things take an unexpected turn when they meet summer visitor Brooke (Mika Abdalla – Sex Appeal, SWAT), an effortlessly cool lifeguard who puts their big summer plans, and their friendship, at risk.

PURSUIT OF EQUALITY
February 29, 2024, 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

Pursuit of Equality is an emotionally charged film that puts a face on American citizens who strive for marriage equality. By issuing same-sex marriage licenses, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom uproots the status quo, attempts to change the way the nation looks at life, love, and marriage, and ignites what may become our nation's next great Civil Rights issue.

GULLY BOY
March 3, 2024, 12:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

A coming-of-age story based on the lives of street rappers in Mumbai.

BOLLYWOOD: BIG SCREENS + STREAMING Industry Panel #1
March 3, 2024, 4:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Panel with Ritesh Sidhwani (Co-Founder Excel Entertainment, Creative Director and Producer of Gully Boy), Zoya Akhtar (Writer/Director/Producer of Gully Boy and The Archies), Ankur Tewari (Music Composer for Gully Boy and The Archies), in conversation with Priya Jaikumar (Professor and Chair, Cinema and Media Studies, SCA).

THE ARCHIES
March 3, 2024, 5:30 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Set in 1960s India, Archie and the gang navigate romance, friendship and the future of Riverdale as developers threaten to destroy a beloved park.

BOLLYWOOD: BIG SCREENS + STREAMING
March 3, 2024 - March 8, 2024, Varied
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

How is the world’s largest film industry and media audience changing at a time when streaming content transforms the stakes of theatrical releases? With hugely popular big screen features plus international streaming shows that capture India’s explosive class divisions, extravagant wealth, crushing prejudices, and exuberant rebellion in the nation’s small towns and big cities, Excel Entertainment is a media company that has successfully bridged multiple platforms. The USC School of Cinematic Arts and USC Visions and Voices invite you to a three-day showcase of contemporary Bollywood film and television, plus conversations with the co-founder of Excel Entertainment Ritesh Sidhwani and his leading collaborators: the path-breaking showrunner/writer/director Zoya Akhtar, innovative music composer Ankur Tewari, and eminent film directors Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Rahul Dholakia. Watch their iconic big screen releases, including Gully Boy, which tells the story of a Dharavi street rapper, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, India’s high-grossing biopic about the “flying Sikh,” Raees, a powerful crime drama headlined by the inimitable Shah Rukh Khan, and the recent highly anticipated online releases Dahaad and The Archies. Hosted by SCA Professor Priya Jaikumar, this event offers a front-seat take on the rise of global digital media from the spectacular vantage point of Bollywood’s big screens and streaming shows, as we hear from those who have transformed the stories, the look, and the sounds of Hindi cinema.

BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG
March 4, 2024, 7:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre, RZC 119, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The truth behind the ascension of Milkha "The Flying Sikh" Singh, who was scarred because of the India-Pakistan partition. The story shows his loss in the 400-meter finals at the 1960 Olympics.

THE VELVET VAMPIRE
March 5, 2024, 3:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre, RZC 119, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Dune buggies, rattlesnakes and hippies aren’t common staples of your average vampire movie, but then again, there’s never been anything like this outrageous desert paean to bloodsucking and partner-swapping. Michael Blodgett (BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS) is caught between his vanilla girlfriend Sherry Miles (THE TODD KILLINGS) and smokin’ exhibitionist/art gallery devotee Celeste Yarnal, but soon it looks like he might be out of the picture once the two ladies develop eyes for each other.

The Jack Oakie & Victoria Horne Oakie Masters of Comedy Lecture Series honoring Henry Winkler, USC Comedy's 2024 Oakie Award Recipient
March 5, 2024, 7:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Henry Winkler will celebrate 50 years of success in Hollywood this year and continues to be in demand not only as an actor, producer, and director but as a best-selling author. His autobiography, BEING HENRY…The Fonz and Beyond, was published on October 31 of last year. It was on the NY Times best-seller list for eleven weeks and was a Good Reads Award winner for Best Humor book.

LAAPATAA LADIES
March 7, 2024, 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

Set in 2001, somewhere in rural India, LAAPATAA LADIES is about the delightful adventures of two young brides who get accidentally swapped on a train. In the ensuing chaos they each encounter a host of colourful characters, resulting in hilarious and unexpected consequences. The young lost ladies must take it upon themselves to venture on an endearing journey: one of immense discovery about themselves and womanhood; and the heartwarming and heartbreaking nature of life itself.

RAEES
March 8, 2024, 12:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

A bootlegger sets out to improve his community as a promising leader but falls in a political trap.

BOLLYWOOD: BIG SCREENS + STREAMING Panel #2
March 8, 2024, 3:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Panel with Ritesh Sidhwani (Co-Founder Excel Entertainment, Creative Director and Producer of Gully Boy), Rakeysh Mehra (Director/Producer of Bhaag Milka Bhaag), and Rahul Dholakia (Writer/Director of Raees), in conversation with Priya Jaikumar (Professor and Chair, Cinema and Media Studies, SCA).

DAHAAD: Episode 1 - Missing Women
March 8, 2024, 4:30 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

A case of a missing woman is brought to the attention of the cops at the Mandawa Police Station. Officer Devi Singh puts his two best cops, Sub-Inspectors Anjali Bhaati and Kailash Parghi on the job.

ROMÉO ET JULIETTE
March 23, 2024, 10:00 A.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

On March 23, two singers at the height of their powers—radiant soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor sensation Benjamin Bernheim—come together as the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation, with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct one of the repertoire’s most romantic scores. Bartlett Sher’s towering staging also features baritone Will Liverman and tenor Frederick Ballentine as the archrivals Mercutio and Tybalt, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey as the mischievous pageboy Stéphano, and bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Frère Laurent.

LA CHIMERA
March 25, 2024, 7:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre, RZC 119, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Everyone has their own Chimera, something they try to achieve but never manage to find. For the band of tombaroli, thieves of ancient grave goods and archaeological wonders, the Chimera means redemption from work and the dream of easy wealth. For Arthur, the Chimera looks like the woman he lost, Beniamina. To find her, Arthur challenges the invisible, searches everywhere, goes inside the earth - in search of the door to the afterlife of which myths speak. In an adventurous journey between the living and the dead, between forests and cities, between celebrations and solitudes, the intertwined destinies of these characters unfold, all in search of the Chimera.

EL NORTE (1983): 40th Anniversary Screening
March 26, 2024, 7:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life. It’s a story that happens every day, but until Gregory Nava’s groundbreaking El Norte (The North), the personal travails of immigrants crossing the border to America had never been shown in the movies with such urgent humanism. A work of social realism imbued with dreamlike imagery, El Norte is a lovingly rendered, heartbreaking story of hope and survival, which critic Roger Ebert called “a Grapes of Wrath for our time.”

LOLA PATER
March 28, 2024, 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

When his mother dies, Zino decides to look for his father, Farid. But twenty-five years ago, Farid became Lola...

THE ITO SISTERS: AN AMERICAN STORY
April 5, 2024, 3:00 P.M.
Taper Hall of Humanities (THH), Room 201, 3501 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

The Ito Sisters is a feature-length documentary film that captures the stories of three Japanese American sisters, interviewed in their eighties and nineties, as they recount how their immigrant parents struggled to make a life in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. The family’s chronicle is set against the backdrop of the anti-Japanese movement in California, a 60-year campaign by politicians, journalists, landowners, labor leaders and others that culminated in the evacuation and incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II. The Ito Sisters is written, directed and produced by Antonia Grace Glenn, the granddaughter of the middle of the three sisters.

THE 50
April 10, 2024, 7:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre, RZC 119, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

At a time when the California State Prison system was dangerously overcrowded, and more than 85% percent of its inmates were involved in drug use, one unlikely program looked inward for the answer and took a chance on 50 men serving life inside.