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Now Playing • Jan 9–Jan 29


Martin Luther King and the civil rights marches of Selma, Alabama, that changed America forever. Based on a true story.

Now Playing • Jan 19–Feb 16

Burn to Shine

The Nickelodeon’s Burn to Shine series will generate dialogue on a range of topics stemming from the 150th anniversary of the burning of Columbia and the beginning of Reconstruction. Through six different film screenings – each featuring conversations with scholars – audiences will have the opportunity to discuss the utopian drives and political realities communities in the South continue to address.

Coming Soon • Jan 26

C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America

This biting mockumentary explores what would happen if the Confederate army had won the Civil War and gained control of the United States. The film traces the alternate history of the United States from the end of the civil war to the 21st century, ultimately lampooning contemporary real-world issues of discrimination.

Coming Soon • Feb 1

The Battle of Bull Run

Moving Image Research Collections at USC, in collaboration with the School of Music, proudly present the first ever local screening of The Battle of Bull Run (1913). This civil war costume drama directed by and starring Francis Ford (elder brother of John Ford, director of The Searchers) is a story of spies and romance and will be screened with musical accompaniment provided by students from the School of Music. Come early for a special pre show to see and hear actual Civil War veterans as filmed by the crews of Fox Movietone News. They may be old, but there's still a lot of yell left in them!

Coming Soon • Feb 2

The Searchers

John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, a Confederate soldier returning from the war to live with his brother in Texas. When his niece (Natalie Woods) is abducted by a Native-American tribe, Ethan embarks on a quest to find her. Called “the most influential movie in American history” by New York magazine, The Searchers delivers a gripping tale of one man’s life after the Civil War. Film will be introduced by Bob Brinkmeyer, director at the Institute for Southern studies at USC.

Coming Soon • Feb 6

My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine might have been the most notorious Slasher film of the 80's if it had not been severely censored upon release. The only good thing that came out of 2009's big-budget remake of the film was Lionsgate restoring the 9 minutes of MPAA-cut gore for a DVD re release of the superior original to coincide with the theatrical release of the remake. This is a highly entertaining horror film with a masked killer, high body count of horny teenagers, and most shockingly: interesting, memorable characters.

Coming Soon • Feb 9

Sherman's March

Filmmaker Ross McElwee initially planned to make a documentary detailing the lingering effects of Sherman’s March on the American South. When his girlfriend breaks up with him shortly before he begins filming, his plans abruptly change. Featuring a key scene in Columbia, McElwee ends up creating a picaresque film about tracing Sherman’s footsteps while looking for love.

This screening will be followed by a Skype conversation with Ross McElwee.

Coming Soon • Feb 10

Live Oscar Shorts

The Oscar short nominations are out and we're screening them on February 10th and 11th at 5:30 p.m.

Coming Soon • Feb 11

Lunchtime Convesation about Lincoln Films

Join us for a discussion about Lincoln films with Tom Brown, Associate Professor of History at USC.

This event is free!

Coming Soon • Feb 11

Documentary Oscar Shorts

The Oscar nominations are in, and we’re screening the short films on February 10th and 11th at 5:30 p.m.

Coming Soon • Feb 13

Still Alice

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.

Coming Soon • Feb 15

Gone With the Wind

A scheming and manipulative Scarlett O’Hara played by British actress Vivian Leigh embraces her inner Southern belle and carries on a turbulent affair with Rhett Butler, a blockade runner played by Clark Gable, against the backdrop of the American Civil War and the burning of Atlanta. Perhaps the happiest depiction of slavery on film, Gone with the Wind is a powerful display of epic storytelling and features the full might of big studio production and the star power of 1930’s Hollywood.

Coming Soon • Feb 16

Gone With the Wind REDUX

The beloved, historical and epic film is sure to be laid bare with in-depth discussion and creative criticism in this unique event. Local scholars, filmmakers, and artists will host a panel discussion and present their own short remixes of Gone with the Wind. The panelists will include Susan Courtney, professor of Film and Media Studies at USC, and Tom Brown, associate professor of History at USC. Filmmakers and artist to be announced.

This event is free.

Coming Soon • Feb 22

Red Carpet Awards Party

Join us on February 22nd for our annual Red Carpet Awards Party!

Party kicks off at 7:30 with the show commencing at 8:30

And of course, will include hilarious and salty commentary from Patti O'Furniture and Anne Postic

Coming Soon • Feb 23

Finding Fela

In the 1970s and 80s, Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s Afrobeat liberated the musical mind of a Nigeria under siege. Fela struck at the chords of oppression and released the strains of a people desperate for democracy. Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney’s (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) stirring chronicle of artistic revolution recalls the personal and political sacrifices of a man in tune with the needs of his country.

Coming Soon • Feb 27

Mr. Turner

An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.

Coming Soon • Mar 6

Class of 1984

A new teacher at an inner-city high school has major troubles with an unbelievable gang of sadistic toughs led by a maniacal drug-dealing piano genius. Watch a young Michael J Fox get stabbed in this violent Punxploitation anti-classic.

Coming Soon • Mar 9

A Will for the Woods

Musician. Psychiatrist. Folk dancer. Clark Wang defies easy categorization. That he should turn a fatal cancer diagnosis into an opportunity to preserve the natural environment in and around his North Carolina home is not altogether surprising. Determined that his last act will be a gift to the planet, a man prepares for his own green burial.

Coming Soon • Mar 15


On March 29, 2012, Spain experienced mass strikes against the government’s far-reaching austerity plans... the end result is a "film ballet," consisting primarily of footage of the streets and squares shot from various perspectives. The images filmed on the streets are accompanied by Minkus’s music, mostly without ambient sound, which makes for an alienating effect.

Coming Soon • Mar 22–Mar 23

Love's Labour's Lost

Summer 1914. Dedicating themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years – but then the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive.

Coming Soon • Apr 12

Evolution of a Criminal

Filmmaker Darius Monroe tells his story of carrying out an armed bank robbery when he was 16 years old.More than just a tale of a good kid gone wrong, Evolution of a Criminal is filled with compassion for human frailty and the knowledge that a person is not forever defined by their mistakes.

Coming Soon • Apr 26–Apr 27

Love's Labour's Won

Summer 1914. Dedicating themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years – but then the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive.