USC Honors Dennis Hopper With Exhibit, Screening

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is the new home of the Dennis Hopper Collection.  The announcement of the collection, an assembly of the late actor and artist’s scripts, awards, film posters, photography and personal letters, was announced by Elizabeth M. Daley, dean of the school.

In collaboration with the Hopper Art Trust and Visions and Voices, the university’s campus-wide arts initiative, a selection from the collection entitled “Part of Being An Artist: The Dennis Hopper Collection, Selected Artwork and Ephemera,” is on display in the Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall and Cinematic Arts Gallery. It is exclusive to students, faculty and staff through Oct. 9 and open to the public from Oct. 10-Nov. 26.

“We are honored to have the Dennis Hopper Collection here at the School of Cinematic Arts,” said Daley. “The collection spans the eclectic reach of Hopper’s multi-faceted work, and represents to all our students the originality and voice that Hopper uniquely exemplified during his legendary career and life.”

The collection showcases a series of Hopper’s own black-and-white photographs, which were taken from 1961-67 and featured subjects ranging from Hollywood actors to Mexican bullfights to the civil rights movement. Visions and Voices will also pay tribute by screening some of Hopper’s best-known films, opening with “Easy Rider.”  Other highlights include an autographed model baseball bat, a leather motorcycle vest, photo albums commemorating his appearances on ‘Saturday Night Live,” and 10 albums of press coverage during his career.

“The Hopper Art Trust and the Hopper family are honored to have the Dennis Hopper Collection become a part of the USC School of Cinematic Arts diverse and renowned archive,” the Hopper Art Trust board of trustees said. “We could not think of a more perfect place to preserve and continue the film and artistic legacy of Dennis Hopper.”

The film screening schedule is as follows:

“EASY RIDER”

7 p.m. Sept. 12

The Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway,

Los Angeles, CA 90007

“Easy Rider” (1969) is a cinematic cult classic that explores counterculture bikers and radical U.S. culture I the 1960s.  Directed by Dennis Hopper. Written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern. Produced by Peter Fonda.  Rated R. 95 minutes.

LEGACY PANEL AND “APOCALYPSE NOW”

7 p.m. Oct. 10

The Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

A panel discussion on the legacy of Dennis Hopper will be followed by a screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” (1979), an Academy Award-winning film that depicts the Vietnam War as a descent into primal madness.  Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Written by John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola, and Michael Herr. Produced by Kim Aubry and Francis Ford Coppola. Rated R. 153 minutes.

“BLUE VELVET”

7 p.m. Oct. 15

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108 / 900 W. 34th Street,

Los Angles CA 90007

David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” (1986) is a mystery-thriller that probes beneath the cheerful surface of suburban America to discover violence, drugs and corruption.  Written & Directed by David Lynch. Produced by Fred C. Caruso. Rated R. 120 minutes.

“THE LAST MOVIE”

7 p.m. Nov. 14

Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

“The Last Movie” (1971), Hopper’s bold experiment in cinematic storytelling, is a strange and fascinating film about how reality is constructed in cinema.  Directed by Dennis Hopper. Written by Dennis Hopper and Stewart Stern. Produced by Paul Lewis. Rated R. 108 minutes.

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