The University of Southern California is celebrating film icon Dennis Hopper with an extensive assembly of the actor's scripts, awards, film posters, photography and personal letters on display exclusively for USC students, faculty and staff in the Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall and Cinematic Arts Gallery from Sept. 2 to Oct. 9 (it will open to the public on Oct. 10 through Nov. 26).

This free exhibit, titled Part of Being an Artist: The Dennis Hopper Collection, Selected Artwork and Ephemera, will feature some of Hopper's iconic black and white photos, and the school's Visions and Voices program will even screen some of his groundbreaking films, like Easy Rider on Sept. 12.

Elizabeth M. Daley, Dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, said in a press release, "We are honored to have the Dennis Hopper Collection here at the School of Cinematic Arts. The collection spans the eclectic reach of Hopper’s multi-faceted work, and represents to all our students the originality and voice that Hopper uniquely exemplified during his legendary career and life.”

Here is the full schedule for the film screenings:


Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:00p.m.

The Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway

Easy Rider (1969) is a cinematic cult classic that explores counterculture bikers and radical U.S. culture I the 1960s.  Directed by Dennis Hopper. Written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern. Produced by Peter Fonda.  Rated R. 95 minutes.


Friday, October 10, 2014, 7 p.m.

The Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway

A panel discussion on the legacy of Dennis Hopper will be followed by a screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979), an Academy Award-winning film that depicts the Vietnam War as a descent into primal madness.  Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Written by John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola, and Michael Herr. Produced by Kim Aubry and Francis Ford Coppola. Rated R. 153 minutes.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7 p.m.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108 / 900 W. 34th Street

David Lynch’s Blue Velvet (1986) is a mystery-thriller that probes beneath the cheerful surface of suburban America to discover violence, drugs and corruption.  Written & Directed by David Lynch. Produced by Fred C. Caruso. Rated R. 120 minutes.


Friday, November 14, 2014, 7p.m.

Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway

The Last Movie (1971), Hopper’s bold experiment in cinematic storytelling, is a strange and fascinating film about how reality is constructed in cinema.  Directed by Dennis Hopper. Written by Dennis Hopper and Stewart Stern. Produced by Paul Lewis. Rated R. 108 minutes.