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SCA contest spotlights The Grove

From left, USC School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth M. Daley, students Andy Dulman, Tarek Tohme and Vanessa Pantley with Rick Caruso (Courtesy of USC School of Cinematic Arts)

In real estate, it’s all about “location, location, location.” At The Grove, however, this mantra also applied to filmmaking as three teams of USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) student finalists unveiled their 60-second short films in the “Shoot It at The Grove” competition at an outdoor screening hosted on Oct. 4 by Rick Caruso ’80, president and CEO of Caruso Affiliated.

“For the past 10 years, The Grove has become part of the fabric of Los Angeles,” Caruso said. “There’s no better way to highlight this milestone than to have young filmmakers create something meaningful that acknowledges The Grove as ‘the place where LA comes together.’

“Throughout this process,” he added, “we have seen a number of great stories that capture the essence of The Grove, and [we] are inspired by the passion and creativity of these students.”

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of The Grove, the retail and entertainment complex partnered with SCA to produce each film. Contestants were required to submit a script, storyboard or production plan and a detailed budget for a 60-second spot, and each filmmaking team received $18,000 to produce it.

“Seeing the three student short films was an immense thrill,” said SCA Dean Elizabeth M. Daley. “We are so proud of each team, and I want to give special congratulations to Andy Dulman, Vanessa Pantley and Tarek Tohme, the filmmaking team behind History of The Grove.

“The opportunity for our students to create these films would not have been possible without Rick Caruso and his team,” Daley added, “and we are grateful for their confidence and generosity.”

History of The Grove, directed by Dulman and produced by Pantley and Tohme, received a $10,000 prize for its look at the past and present of The Grove. Using a combination of old and new images, the filmmakers created a portrayal of the diverse lifestyle experiences of The Grove and its relationship to the city of Los Angeles.

History, along with Ladies Day Out, directed by Aneesh Chaganty and produced by Edd Benda, and It’s a Scene, directed by Alan Miller and produced by David Haskell and Emily Ferenbach, will be screened in rotation before all films playing at The Grove Stadium 14.


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