Monday, October 5, 2009

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SCA Events

Oct 17, 2009 - Oct 18, 2009
Imagining the Unimaginable: Filmmakers Respond to Genocide
Time: 4:00 P.M. - 10:30 P.M.
Location: SCA 108, George Lucas Building, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
» make reservations for The Long Way Home
» make reservations for The Killing Fields
» make reservations for Darfur Now
» make reservations for Hotel Rwanda

The School of Cinematic Arts and
Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative
invite you and a guest to a special film conference

4:00 P.M. - 10:30 P.M.

Saturday, Oct. 17th & Sunday, Oct. 18th, 2009

Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
George Lucas Building, SCA Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007




A weekend of screenings and discussions will explore how filmmakers have depicted humanity's response to genocide. On Saturday, The Long Way Home, the Academy Award-winning documentary about the Holocaust of European Jews, will be paired with The Killing Fields, the Oscar-winning feature film about the Cambodian genocide. The Sunday screenings will feature the prize-winning documentary Darfur Now and the acclaimed dramatic feature Hotel Rwanda, recounting the continuing atrocities in Darfur and the mass murders in Rwanda, respectively. In between the screenings, discussions with the filmmakers will focus on the challenges storytellers face when they confront horrors of this magnitude. Panelists will include Ted Braun, writer/director of Darfur Now; Terry George, co-writer/director of Hotel Rwanda; Mark Jonathan Harris, writer/director of The Long Way Home; and Bruce Robinson, writer of The Killing Fields.

Organized by Ted Braun and Mark Jonathan Harris (School of Cinematic Arts). Co-sponsored by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education and USC's Center for Religion and Civic Culture.



4:00 P.M. -- The Long Way Home (1997), 120 minutes
Written and Directed by Mark Jonathan Harris

Winner of the 1998 Academy Award for Best Documentary, The Long Way Home explores the experience of Jewish Holocaust survivors who are moved into displaced persons' camps after WWII. After many delays, more physical hardship and years of uncertainty, they are finally permitted to begin new lives in Israel and the United States.

There will be a post-screening discussion with Mark Jonathan Harris (writer/director, The Long Way Home) and Bruce Robinson (writer, The Killing Fields). Catered reception to follow in the George Lucas Building lobby.

8:00 P.M. --  The Killing Fields (1984), 141 minutes
Directed by Roland Joffé, Written by Bruce Robinson

Winner of three Academy Awards, The Killing Fields tells a true story of the friendship between Sydney Schanberg, a reporter for the New York Times whose coverage of the Cambodian War would win him a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, and his Cambodian aid and fellow journalist, Dith Pran, who ends up trapped inside 1975's Khmer Rouge Revolution. A portrait of the unintended consequences of American intervention in Cambodia and the genocide that followed.


4:00 P.M. -- Darfur Now (2007), 98 minutes
Written and Directed by Ted Braun

Winner of numerous awards including the 2007 NAACP Image Award for Best Documentary, Darfur Now explores the ongoing Sudanese conflict through the experiences of six individuals from around the world united by a drive to bring an end to the atrocities. Featuring unprecedented access to the people of Darfur, the film tells a story of hope in the midst of one of humanity's darkest hours.

There will be a post-screening discussion with Ted Braun (writer/director, Darfur Now) and Terry George (writer/director, Hotel Rwanda). Catered reception to follow in the George Lucas Building lobby.

8:00 P.M. -- Hotel Rwanda (2004), 121 minutes
Directed by Terry George, Written by Terry George & Keir Person

The critically acclaimed film Hotel Rwanda stars Don Cheadle as hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina. The film depicts Rusesabagina's efforts to save the lives of his family and more than 1,000 other refugees by giving them shelter in the besieged Hôtel des Mille Collines during the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The film won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the AFI Fest and received three Academy Award nominations.


Ted Braun (writer/director, Darfur Now

Writer-director Ted Braun spent the first five months of 2007 in Sudan with unprecedented access to the internally displaced people of Darfur, international aid workers, the government and the rebels. The resulting documentary - his critically acclaimed first feature film, Darfur Now - was produced by the Academy Award-winning producer of Crash, Cathy Schulman, Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle, and three-time Academy Award-winning documentarian, and USC Distinguished Professor of Production, Mark Jonathan Harris. The film was financed by Participant Productions and Warner Independent Pictures, which distributed the film worldwide.

Darfur Now won the NAACP Image Award for best documentary of 2007, was named one of 2007's top five documentaries by the National Board of Review, and was nominated for best documentary by the Critics Choice Awards, the Chicago Film Critics Society, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, the International Press Academy and Cinema for Peace. For his work writing and directing the picture, the International Documentary Association awarded Ted Braun their 2007 Emerging Filmmaker of the Year. In addition, the Winter 2008 issue of Movie Maker Magazine named Braun, along with Errol Morris, Oliver Stone, Robert Redford, Michael Moore and Darfur Now producer Don Cheadle, one of 25 filmmakers whose work has changed the world.

Braun taught screenwriting at Amherst College before joining the faculty at USC's School of Cinematic Arts where he is currently an Associate Professor in Screenwriting.

Terry George (writer/director/producer, Hotel Rwanda)

Terry George is a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland. He first came to New York in 1981. His first dramatic work, the prison escape play, The Tunnel, was staged at the Irish Arts Center in New York in 1986. The Tunnel was the first of numerous collaborations with writer/director Jim Sheridan. In 1992, George and Sheridan wrote In the Name of the Father. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards including best screenplay. In 1996, George was named Young European Film Director of the Year for his directorial debut Some Mother's Son. Since then, he has written and directed numerous television shows and feature films including, A Bright Shining LieThe DistrictHart’s War, and Reservation Road. In 2004, he wrote, directed and produced Hotel Rwanda. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Screenplay. He is currently working on a feature film based on the life of the UN Diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello.

Mark Harris (writer/director, The Long Way Home)

Professor Mark Jonathan Harris is an Academy-Award winning documentary filmmaker, journalist and novelist. Among the many documentaries he has written, produced and/or directed are The Redwoods, a documentary made for the Sierra Club to help establish a redwood National Park, which won an Oscar for Best Short Documentary (1968). The Long Way Home (1997), a film made for the Simon Wiesenthal Center about the period immediately following the Holocaust won the Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary (1997). Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport was produced for Warner Bros. and also won an Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary (2000). ??Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (2003), an HBO documentary he wrote on slavery in America, was nominated for an Emmy for Non-fiction Special. In 2007, he produced Darfur Now, which was nominated by The National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics Association for best documentary of the year. The film went on to win an NAACP Image Award. His latest feature documentary as a director is The Defector, which will be released this year. ??In addition to filmmaking, Harris is also a journalist and has published short stories and five novels for children. He has taught filmmaking at the School of Cinematic Arts, where he is a Distinguished Professor, since 1983.

Bruce Robinson (writer, The Killing Fields)


All screenings are free of charge and open to all USC students, faculty, staff and alumni. The theater will be OVERBOOKED to ensure capacity and the RSVP list will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no reserved seating. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 30 minutes prior to showtime.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

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