Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Tower Heist (2011)

Screening format: DCP (104 Minutes)

Director: Brett Ratner

Writers: Jeff Nathanson (screenplay), Ted Griffin (story and screenplay), Adam Cooper (story), Bill Collage (story)

Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda

"It's not just a robbery. It's payback."

For more than 10 years, Josh Kovaks (Ben Stiller) has managed one of New York City's most luxurious and well-secured residences. One of the condo's most-notorious residents, Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda), is currently under house arrest for the theft of more than $2 billion from his investors -- including Josh and his co-workers. Determined to reclaim the retirement funds Shaw stole from them, they turn to a petty crook named Slide (Eddie Murphy) to help them break into Shaw's home.

The UCSB Script to Screen series is proud to present a screening of Tower Heist, followed by a Q&A with UCSB alum and screenwriter, Jeff Nathanson.

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.

Tower Heist Movie Trailer

Tower Heist Interviews: Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda, and more


Jeff Nathanson, Screenwriter

Jeff Nathanson has worked on a variety of film and television projects in the last ten years, including Twister (1996), Rush Hour 2 and 3 (2001 and 2007). In addition, he wrote and directed The Last Shot (2004), an original comedy for Disney. He has collaborated with Steven Spielberg on Catch Me If You Can (2002)which earned him a nomination for a British Academy of Film and Television Art Award for Best Original Screenplayand The Terminal (2004), but most recently shares story credit with Spielberg on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

Currently, Nathanson is writing the script for Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which is scheduled to be released in 2017.

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.