Horror Film Series: "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night"



Watch movies in an intimate art house setting with film aficionados and horror fans! Third movie in our Middle Eastern American Horror Series is A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014). "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night blends conventional elements into something brilliantly original—and serves as a striking calling card for writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour." The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave

A Q&A panel will include actor Dominic Rains (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Jinn), UC Riverside Asian horror film scholar, Lan Duong, and a surprise guest. The panel will be moderated by Alex F. Ago, horror film expert and Director of Programming and Special Projects for USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Series curated by host Marissa Hicks-Alcaraz.

Reception with delicious Middle Eastern/Moroccan food catering by Bouchra Azizy and craft beer/wine, starting at 6:30 pm, film at 7:45 pm.

Screening at The Markaz, 5998 W. Pico Blvd., LA, CA 90035.

Through this series we hope to bring various communities together to share both the thrills and artistry of Middle Eastern American horror, as well as to draw attention to the ways in which Middle Eastern American filmmakers have helped shape American horror cinema and continue to influence the genre today.

Tickets $12/members and students with ID $10. Please RSVP online or email marissa@themarkaz.org



To purchase tickets for The Exorcist, please go to: http://www.themarkaz.org/middle_east_horror_series

To purchase tickets for The House of the Devil + Raffle, please go to: http://www.themarkaz.org/middle_east_horror_series_20151023




Moderator - Alex F. Ago, Director of Programming and Special Projects


Alessandro Ago is the Director of Programming and Special Projects at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he programs film screenings, festivals, guest speakers and special events. In addition to programming popular courses taught by film critic Leonard Maltin and Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic Howard Rosenberg, Ago also curates Outside the Box [Office], a screening series dedicated to bringing new international, documentary and independent cinema to USC, often followed by conversations with the filmmakers, which Ago moderates.

Ago has produced festivals celebrating the work of Dino De Laurentiis, John Wayne, Roger Corman, Costa Gavras, Maurice Jarre, Albert Broccoli and the James Bond franchise, as well as world cinema showcases focusing on Japan, Italy, Bollywood, South America and the Middle East. With a special interest in Italian cinema, Ago has hosted events with Roberto Saviano, Mario Monicelli, Lina Wertmueller, Gabriele Salvatores, Claudia Cardinale, Pupi Avati, Marco Bellocchio, Dario Argento and Franco Nero.

In 2013, he produced a major retrospective of the seminal ABC television series Twin Peaks, featuring panel discussions with 50 members of the cast and crew.

Ago is currently the Executive Producer of SCA's annual First Look Festival  and also works for the Sundance Institute as a judge in the International Documentary department, helping to select films for competition at the annual Sundance Film Festival.



Dominic Rains, Actor


(coming soon)


Kevin J. Wetmore, Professor and Chair of Theatre Arts


Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. is Professor and Chair of Theatre Arts with areas of expertise in Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Asian cinema, horror cinema, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy. He has degrees from Bates College, the University of Leeds and the University of Pittsburgh, where he completed his doctorate in Theatre and Performance Studies.  He also received an M.A. in Theology from LMU in 2010.

He is the author of Athenian Sun in an African Sky: Modern African Adaptation of Classical Greek Tragedy (McFarland, 2001), Black Dionysus: Greek Tragedy and African American Theatre (McFarland, 2003), The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion, and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films (McFarland, 2005), Shakespeare and Youth Culture (Palgrave 2006), Back from the Dead: Reading Remakes of Romero’s Zombie Films as Markers of Their Times (McFarland 2011), Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema (Continuum, 2012), The Theology of Battlestar Galactica (McFarland 2012), and Modern Asian Theatre and Performance 1900 – 2000 (with Siyuan Liu and Erin B. Mee, Methuen/Bloomsbury, 2014) as well as the editor or co-editor of eleven more volumes, including Modern Japanese Theatre and Performance (Lexington, 2006), Suzan-Lori Parks: A Casebook (Routledge 2007) Revenge: East and West (Palgrave, 2008), Portrayals of Americans on the World Stage (McFarland, 2009), Catholic Theatre and Drama (McFarland 2010), Black Medea: Adaptations for Modern Plays (Cambria, 2013), and the Methuen Drama Anthology of Modern Asian Plays (with Siyuan Liu, Methuen, 2014), among others. He is also the author of numerous articles on theatre, cinema, Japanese culture, popular culture, horror, and performance.

In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Wetmore is an actor, director, stage combat choreographer, and comedian. His work has been seen on the stages of Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New York, New Haven, New England, old England and South Africa with many award-winning productions to his credit. He has also appeared in several films and television programs. He was the Founding Artistic Director of the Unseam'd Shakespeare Company.  He most recently appeared as Van Helsing in Long Beach Playhouse’s Dracula.  A stand-up comedian, Dr. Wetmore has appeared regularly at the Improv, the Downtown Comedy Club, the Ice House, Westside Comedy Theatre and Room 5 Lounge.

He is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Association for Asian Performance and a member of many professional organizations, including the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Association for Asian Studies, the International House of Japan, the Society of American Fight Directors, and the Horror Writers Association. He is also an associate instructor with Dueling Arts International and LMU’s resident Stage Combat Choreographer.


Lan Duong, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at UC Riverside


Lan Duong is Associate Professor in the Media and Cultural Studies Department at UC Riverside. She is the author of Treacherous Subjects: Gender, Culture, and Trans-Vietnamese Feminism (Temple University Press, 2012). The book explores the films and literature of the Vietnamese and Vietnamese diaspora through the cultural politics of collaboration. Dr. Duong’s second book project, Transnational Vietnamese Cinemas: Imagining Nationhood in a Globalized Era, examines Vietnamese cinema from its inception to the present-day. Her research interests include feminist film theory, postcolonial literature, and Asian/American film and literature. Duong’s critical works can be found in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, the Journal of Asian American Studies, Amerasia, Asian Cinema, Discourse, Velvet Light Trap, and the anthologies, Transnational Feminism in Film and Media and Southeast Asian Cinema. Her most recent work is a collaborative effort, an edited anthology called  Troubling Borders: Literature and Art by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora (University of Washington Press, forthcoming 2013). She is also a poet and has been published in Watermark, Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Poetry, Tilting the Continent, and Crab Orchard Review. Dr. Duong teaches classes on Introduction to Cultural Studies, Introduction to Film, Feminist Film Theory, Asian American Women’s Films and Literature, Asian Horror, Southeast Asian Diasporic Literature and Film, Vietnamese Cinemas, Chinese Cinema, Hong Kong Cinema, and The Vietnam War in Film. She has recently received a Fulbright Research Scholarship and an Asia Research Institute Fellowship to work on her second book on Vietnamese cinema. 

  • October 24, 2015 at 6:30pm – 9:30pm
  • The Markaz
  • $10.00 USD
  • 5 people are going
  • Marissa Alcaraz



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$12.00 General Admission -- "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" + Q&A
$10.00 Members/Students With ID -- "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" + Q&A

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