CRUSHING VIOLET: 7:30 p.m., May 9, Norris Theater, USC.

May 1st, 2010


For those of you in the greater Los Angeles area my new flick “Crushing Violet” premieres along with this semester’s other USC-funded projects at 7:30 p.m. May 9 at Norris Theater (USC).

OK, this is not our actual poster. Hopefully we’re getting an amazing designer for that. This is just a mock-up I made for our production book. Photo by Andrew Jeric.

A little about “Crushing Violet”:

Every semester USC funds three upper-level grad films. Anyone in any movie grad program at USC can submit a script, anyone who is finishing their first year in production can apply to produce, anyone who has taken the intermediate directing class can apply to direct. Usually about 100 scripts, plus or minus, are submitted. The faculty picks their 20 favorite scripts and their 10 favorite directors. Anyone who wants to produce just has to write their name down. Directors, writers and producers team up and pitch their movie to a group of about 10 people– faculty and student representatives. So out of 100 scripts submitted, three are selected to be made into 12-minute movies. “Crushing Violet” was a script I pitched to produce at the end of last semester.

It’s a flick about a 16-year old high school student trying to seduce her drama teacher at a prestigious prep school. It is not a movie I could ever write or direct (because, let’s be honest, if I did, they’d be fucking on page 2 and it’d be a crazy screwball comedy) but I had a blast producing it and working with a fantastic crew of my classmates. I’m very proud of the work we did. The highlight, of course, was getting to put on a fake high school homecoming dance for about 40 of my friends.

I’d actually describe it as a little like a John Hughes short– a little angsty, a little cheesy and fairly charming.

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