Paul Feig to Give Commencement at USC Film School

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Susan Downey will receive the Mary Pickford Alumni Award at the May 13 ceremony.

Paul Feig has been named this year's USC School of Cinematic Arts commencement speaker.

The director, who graduated from the school in 1984 with a BA in production, will offer his hard-won words of wisdom to the graduating screenwriters, directors, producers and film theorists. 

Feig is known for directing comedies like The Heat and Spy as well as episodes of popular TV shows like The Office and Arrested Development. The director's supernatural remake, Ghostbusters, hits theaters July 15.

Last year's commencement speaker was director Jay Roach, while Fox Entertainment chairman Jim Gianopulos gave the 2014 address. 

It was also announced that Susan Downey will receive the Mary Pickford Alumni Award for her work as a producer on film's like Sherlock Holmes and The Judge. Kevin Feige, Jon Landau and Bryan Singer are past recipients of the honor.

“We are thrilled to have two outstanding SCA alumni — Paul Feig and Susan Downey — honor our 2016 graduating class with personal addresses. Both have long been inspirations and exemplary role models for our students, and we are looking forward to welcoming them home,” said Dean Elizabeth Daley. 

The USC film school's 2016 graduation ceremony will take place May 13 at the Shrine Auditorium.

 

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