Upcoming Events

Virtual SCA Graduate Information Session
April 1, 2023 - December 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!

15 YEARS OF AGFA
April 15, 2024 - April 29, 2024, Varied
The USC School of Cinematic Arts

Formed in 2009, the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) is an Austin, TX-based non-profit committed to preserving both the legacy of genre film and the theatrical experience itself. Through collection, conservation and distribution, AGFA has rescued over 100 feature films from the void. Housing theatrical and video distribution arms, a 4K film scanner and over six thousand 35mm prints, AGFA will never rest until genre movies rule the world. Join us for an expansive series of screenings based upon some of AGFA’s favorite in-house projects, including the works of exploitation film pioneer Doris Wishman, underground trash-art king Jon Moritsugu, Riot Grrrl icon Sarah Jacobson, found-footage founder Joe Dante and the world restoration premiere of Dave Markey’s ‘80s L.A. punk rock opus Desperate Teenage Lovedolls.

LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL
April 18, 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

Johnny Carson rival Jack Delroy hosts a syndicated talk show ‘Night Owls’ that has long been a trusted companion to insomniacs around the country. However, ratings for the show have plummeted since the tragic death of Jack’s beloved wife. Desperate to turn his fortunes around, on October 31st, 1977, Jack plans a Halloween special like no other- unaware he is about to unleash evil into the living rooms of America.

iMappening 2024
April 18, 2024 - April 25, 2024, 5:00 pm
SCA 112, Stage 4 and SCI Lobby

USC Media Arts + Practice invites you to join us April 18-25, 2024 for iMAPPENING 2024, a yearly exhibition of experimental works-in-progress from the interdisciplinary Media Arts + Practice PhD program, including film, video, installation, animation, performance, generative AI, sound, and other media.

Vault AI In Conversation with David Stiff
April 18, 2024, 7:00 PM
SLH 102

Join us for a conversation with David Stiff (CEO of Vault Al) to learn how he and his team use Al to change the future of script coverage and consumer analysis and see a real-time
demo of Vault Al's signature script coverage software.

15 YEARS OF AGFA Presents: THE CULT OF AGFA TRAILER SHOW
April 18, 2024, 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

Step into the multiplex from Dimension X. There's nothing dreamier than the moment when the lights go down and the show begins. Now imagine capturing that feeling for 77 minutes of concentrated bliss. Exploding from the vaults of the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA), THE CULT OF AGFA TRAILER SHOW is a sequel to THE AGFA HORROR TRAILER SHOW... and AGFA's wildest mixtape yet. This is a hallucinogenic journey through the most face-kicking, slime-slinging, fret-shredding cult film trailers that the unworld has ever seen. Meticulously constructed by the mad scientists at AGFA to resemble an otherworldly night at a mall multiplex, this compilation features rare trailers, commercials, and ephemera — all of which were preserved and scanned exclusively for this project.

DOWNTOWN OWL
April 22, 2024, 2:00 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

Searching for a break from her cosmopolitan life in Milwaukee, Julia Rabia (Lily Rabe), arrives in the close knit Reagan-era town of Owl, North Dakota for a one-semester high school teaching job. But when the small town turns out to be a wonderland of second-string poets, smoldering Marlboro Men, and a social hierarchy that echoes high school, Julia doesn’t know if she’s come to town to get away from home or to find it.

15 YEARS OF AGFA Presents: TERMINAL USA and INDECENT DESIRES Double Feature
April 22, 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

A candy-colored hellscape that feels like an episode of STRANGERS WITH CANDY that was filmed by Dario Argento during a three-day acid bender, Jon Moritsugu's TERMINAL USA is a crucial piece of 1990s alternative cinema—smart, shocking, and one of the most deranged films to ever be funded by American taxpayers. This is the film HEATHERS wished it could be.

No one will ever make movies like Doris Wishman made movies. One of the most prolific women filmmakers in the history of American cinema, writer-director-editor Wishman created DIY collisions between surrealism and exploitation that feel like they materialized from an alternate universe. INDECENT DESIRES—Wishman's horror-tinged, sexploitation mindwarp and a crown jewel in her ultra-prolific career—follows Zeb (Michael Alaimo) as he discovers a doll and ring with voodoo-like powers in a trashcan, allowing him to control the sensations experienced by Ann (Sharon Kent).

15 YEARS OF AGFA Presents: ATTACK OF THE BEAST CREATURES
April 23, 2024, 1:00 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

A beloved regional horror vortex that was conjured in Connecticut, ATTACK OF THE BEAST CREATURES is a triumph of low budget ingenuity. In an unknown galaxy, a group of travelers crash their boat on an island. At first, all is well. But when a man takes a dip in an acid lake and becomes a steaming pile of gloop, it's clear that there's trouble in paradise. That's when the cult of demon dolls reveal themselves . . . and their appetite for eating faces. Fueled by outrageous gore, a sublime synthesizer score, and jaw-dropping puppet effects, this is what happens when a mid-century creature feature collides with DIY surrealism and everyone wins. AGFA is honored to present ATTACK OF THE BEAST CREATURES—originally known as HELL ISLAND—on the big screen for the first time in decades, featuring a restoration from the original 16mm camera negative.

15 YEARS OF AGFA Presents: SHE FREAK
April 23, 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

Fed up with waitressing, Jade Cochran (Claire Brennen) embarks on a new life with a traveling carnival. But she discovers that what lurks behind the curtain doesn’t take too kindly to her backstabbing plans. A gutter-noir reworking Tod Browning’s FREAKS and a valentine to the carnival lifestyle that defined the career of producer David F. Friedman (BLOOD FEAST), SHE FREAK is a snapshot of life, love, and revenge on the grounds of a seedy carnival in Smalltown, USA -- complete with crackpot monster make-up effects from Harry Thomas (PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE). Like Devo’s music and Ed Wood’s novels, SHE FREAK creates a synthetic reality that is often preferable to our own. AGFA + Something Weird are beyond excited to present a dazzling 4K restoration of this essential weirdo classic from the original camera negative.

15 YEARS OF AGFA Presents: HARD TICKET TO HAWAII
April 23, 2024, 7:30 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Bullets! Bikinis!! Radioactive pythons exploding out of toilets!!! No film captures the playful chaos of action cinema’s golden age like director Andy and producer Arlene Sidaris’ undisputed masterpiece. An inexhaustible geyser of top-notch sex and violence, HARD TICKET TO HAWAII exists beyond entertainment’s maximum limits. The Agency is a tough-as-nails, tech-savvy squad of physically ideal humans (led by Playboy icon Dona Speir and “Bold and the Beautiful” soap legend Ronn Moss) who defend Hawaii’s Molokai Island from diamond smugglers, narcotics slingers, and a skateboarding maniac armed with an inflatable sex doll. Tirelessly and shirtlessly, they deal out homicidal justice at every turn—unleashing helicopters, motorcycles, and deadly frisbees to ensure the safety of every bronzed boytoy and babe on the beach. If you see only two movies in your lifetime, it should be because you watched this twice.

AI, CREATIVITY, AND THE FUTURE OF FILM
April 25, 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

The rapid advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting the arts and filmmaking more and more every day, offering new tools for creativity yet raising significant ethical and practical concerns. As AI becomes more integrated into creative workflows, questions about its impact on human creativity, job displacement, and copyright issues have moved to the forefront. The panel, featuring experts from media, computer science, and filmmaking, will explore these critical issues. Discussions will focus on whether AI can achieve true creativity, the ethical limits of AI in content creation, and strategies for maintaining a balance between AI assistance and human artistic integrity in filmmaking.

Concrete Oasis
April 25, 2024 - May 2, 2024, 8:00PM - 10:00PM
The Grand LA, 100 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Join us for two Thursday evenings (4/25 and 5/2) of interactive and immersive cinematic installations at the Frank Gehry-designed Conrad Hotel at The Grand LA, directly across the street from Walt Disney Concert Hall. Admission is free. Take the Metro E line to the Grand Ave Arts/Bunker Hill stop. 

Rhythms + Visions/ Expanded + Live
April 27, 2024, 7 PM
SCA Complex

Rhythms + Visions is back! Rhythms + Visions / Expanded + Live 4 is an exciting outdoor audio-visual event featuring live music, dance performance, large-scale projection mapping, and interactive installations. 

Don’t miss this one-night-only opportunity to see and experience a spectrum of contemporary visual art, music, and dance in a free-flowing, immersive environment. Live performances of classical, hip hop, and pop music will be accompanied by large-scale animated visuals. The program will feature art and performances by talented USC faculty, alumni, and students, plus a few special guests! 

15 YEARS OF AGFA Presents: DESPERATE TEENAGE LOVEDOLLS
April 29, 2024, 7:30 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Desperate Teenage Lovedolls was received as an instant cult classic when first released on the Los Angeles punk underground in 1984. Since then, the no budget super 8 film has gained international and aboveground praise. Bunny, Kitty, & Patch (Hilary Rubens, Jennifer Schwartz, & Janet Housden) are three teenage runaways who form the hottest all-girl band of all-time, The Lovedolls. Their meteoric rise to the top from a drug addled street life in Hollywood comes not without a price, thanks to sleazy rock manager, Johnny Tremaine (Steve McDonald). Rival all-girl gang The She Devils and their leader Tanya Hearst (Tracy Lea) have it in for our heroes, as do annoying mothers and psyche ward doctors. The film also features legendary LA Punk musicians Jeff McDonald, Phil Newman, Vicki Peterson, Annette Zilinskas & Dez Cadena. Directed by David Markey, the saga is continued in the 1986 sequel Lovedolls Superstar.

WILDCAT
April 30, 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

Directed and co-written by four-time Academy Award® nominee Ethan Hawke, WILDCAT invites the audience to weave in and out of celebrated Southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor's mind as she ponders the great questions of her writing: Can scandalous art still serve God? Does suffering precede all greatness? Can illness be a blessing? In 1950, Flannery (Maya Hawke) visits her mother Regina (Laura Linney) in Georgia when she is diagnosed with lupus at twenty-four years old. Struggling with the same disease that took her father’s life when she was a child and desperate to make her mark as a great writer, this crisis pitches her imagination into a feverish exploration of belief. As she dives deeper into her craft, the lines between reality, imagination, and faith begin to blur, allowing Flannery to ultimately come to peace with her situation and heal a strained relationship with her mother.

Algorhythms: MA+P Undergraduate Thesis Exhibition
April 30, 2024 - May 3, 2024, 5:00 pm
SCI 106 and Stages 3 + 4

An exhibition of thesis projects created by senior undergraduate students in the Media Arts + Practice BA program.

SUITCASE KILLER: THE MELANIE MCGUIRE STORY
April 30, 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

Based on a shocking true story, Melanie McGuire (Candice King) was an exceptional fertility nurse, married to her ex-Navy husband Bill (Michael Roark) and doting mother of two boys. When she falls for Brad (Jackson Hurst), a doctor at her clinic, and gets entangled in a steamy love affair, Melanie does the unthinkable. After drugging and murdering Bill, she dismembers him and places the body parts into three suitcases, throwing them into Chesapeake Bay. But when the suitcases are found on the shores of Virginia Beach, an investigation is launched leading to Melanie as the prime suspect. Led by the efforts of assistant attorney general Patti Prezioso (Wendie Malick), authorities eventually bring Melanie to justice, who despite being convicted, continues to maintain her innocence.

BLACK TWITTER: A PEOPLE'S HISTORY
May 1, 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

Based on Jason Parham’s Wired article “A People’s History of Black Twitter,” this three-part series charts the rise, the movements, the voices, and the memes that made Black Twitter an influential and dominant force in nearly every aspect of American political and cultural life.

THE SYMPATHIZER
May 2, 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

Based on Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, THE SYMPATHIZER is an espionage thriller and cross-culture satire about the struggles of a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy during the final days of the Vietnam War and his new life as a refugee in Los Angeles, where he learns that his spying days aren't over.

ROBOT DREAMS
May 6, 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

DOG lives in Manhattan and he's tired of being alone. One day he decides to build himself a robot, a companion. Their friendship blossoms, until they become inseparable, to the rhythm of 80's NYC. One summer night, DOG, with great sadness, is forced to abandon ROBOT at the beach. Will they ever meet again?

BABES
May 7, 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

BABES follows inseparable childhood best friends Eden (Ilana Glazer) and Dawn (Michelle Buteau), having grown up together in NYC, now firmly in different phases of adulthood. When carefree and single Eden decides to have a baby on her own after a one-night stand, their friendship faces its greatest challenge. BABES delves into the complexities of female friendship with a blend of laughter, tears, and labor pains. From co-writers Ilana Glazer and Josh Rabinowitz and directed by Pamela Adlon, BABES is a hilarious and heartfelt comedy about the bonds of friendship and the messy, unpredictable challenges of adulthood and becoming a parent.

CTCS-467: Television Symposium
August 27, 2024 - December 17, 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 Fall 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 Tuesday night @ 7:00 P.M. in the Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108.

CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium
August 29, 2024 - December 12, 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 Fall 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.