Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater

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Risky Business (1983)

Screening format: DCP (99 Minutes)

Director/Writer: Paul Brickman

Producer: John Avnet

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Curits Armstrong, Joe Pantoliano

"There's a time for playing it safe and a time for risky business."

Ecstatic when his parents leave on vacation for a few days, high school senior Joel Goodsen (Tom Cruise) cuts loose with his best friend Miles (Curtis Armstrong). After an attempt at securing the services of a prostitute goes slightly awry, Joel hires gorgeous Lana (Rebecca De Mornay) for a night of delight. Stunned by the amount of Lana's "bill" the next morning, Joel grows frantic after he crashes his father's Porsche. In an effort to raise lots of money fast, a desperate Joel turns the house into a brothel.

The UCSB Script to Screen series is proud to present a Q&A with Writer/Director Paul Brickman, Producer Jon Avnet and Actor Curtis Armstrong.

The UCSB Script to Screen series examines the screenplay and its transition to the screen from the perspective of writers, directors, producers, editors, and actors.

UCSB Script to Screen is sponsored by the department of Film and Media Studies, The Carsey-Wolf Center, and The Scott Frank Fund for Screenwriting. It is hosted and executive-produced by the Pollock Theater Director, Matt Ryan, and produced by the Pollock Theater student staff.

Risky Business Movie Trailer

Risky Business Interview: Tom Cruise

Biographies

Paul Brickman, Director and Writer

Paul Brickman is an American screenwriter and film director who is best known for the movie Risky Business (1983), in which he provided both his screenwriting and directing talents. Before transitioning to directing, Brickman began his career writing offbeat films such as The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977) and Jonathan Demme's Handle With Care (1977).

In 1983, he made his directorial debut with Risky Business (1983). In 1990 he wrote and directed Men Don't Leave (1990) starring Jessica Lange, an adaptation of the 1982 French film La Vie Continue. He and Producer John Avnet co-wrote the war/drama television film Uprising (2001).

John Avnet, Producer

John Avnet has directed, written, and produced more than 70 motion pictures, television movies, and Broadway plays, winning a variety of awards such as Oscars®, Emmys, Tonys, Peabodys, Golden Globes, the Humanitas, DGA, WGA, and AFI Awards. Avnet was the executive producer of Black Swan (2010) and co-writer, director, and producer for Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), both of which garnered multiple Oscars®, Oscar® nominations, and were celebrated as top grossing films. In television, Avnet and Steve Tisch produced The Burning Bed (1984), which was the highest-rated television movie ever aired on NBC. On Broadway, he produced with Bill Haber the Tony award winning History Boys (2006) and the Mike Nichols directed Spamalot (2005).

Avnet is a member of the Board of Overseers of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and participates as a mentor in the Director's Lab at Sundance and its sister program Emergence in France. He also lectures on film and holocaust studies at numerous universities worldwide and has supported a diverse range of charitable organizations.

Curtis Armstrong, Actor

Curtis Armstrong's acting career was launched when he played Miles in Risky Business (1983). Since then, he has received a variety of roles in works following this film. Armstrong is most widely known as his character "Booger" in the Revenge of the Nerds (1984) sequel. He voiced numerous characters in animated film and television, such as Mr. Moleguaco of the Disney Channel original series The Emporer's New School (2006) and Maru from Pixar's Planes: Fire and Rescue (2014). Armstrong has made several television appearances throughout his career, such as his roles on The Closer (2011) and Supernatural (2013). He also starred on the Moonlighting (1985) acting along side Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepard.

As of today, he continues to play characters in hit TV shows New Girl (2013), and American Dad! (2003).

Matthew Ryan, Pollock Theater Director

Matthew Ryan started his academic career at NYU to run the Cantor Film Center, where he produced a range of events from a screening and Q&A with Martin Scorsese to a media conference with then President Bill Clinton. In 2008, he received a MFA in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University.

Now, he is director of the amazing Pollock Theater.  He pioneered the Pollock Theater Internship, which is a selective program offering industry-level experience to students interested in event planning and live TV production. The TV shows produced through this program have generated more than 10.6 million views on UCTV. Many of these episodes come from events in his own series, UCSB Script to Screen, including 12 Years a Slave with Oscar®-winner John Ridley and American Beauty with Oscar®-winning screenwriter Alan Ball.