September 26, 2012

Ito/Matsuura Film Series: In MacArthur Park

The film features the plight of a Mojave Indian who gets into trouble when he comes to Los Angeles to seek work to support his wife and young son who are back on an Arizona reservation. This indie feature was funded by the American Film Institute and received the International Critics Prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain. Re-released nationally in 2006, it was chosen as one of LA Weekly’s DVD picks of the week.

Q & A with writer and director Bruce Schwartz and costar, James Espinoza.

October 3rd 7 p.m. Warner Grand Theatre 478 W. Sixth Street, San Pedro - Free Event.

For more upcoming films from the 
Ito/Matsuura Series and Fall Cultural Arts events visit:

September 24, 2012

Excellence in Leadership

The world looks a lot different today than it did 50 years ago. What does that mean for a 21st century leader? What are the skills needed to make you successful and how do you effectively respond to an ever-changing world?

Marymount College is bringing prominent California leaders to our Rancho Palos Verdes campus to discuss the leadership challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. Join us this Monday, September 24 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel on the Marymount College Main Campus, Open to the community. No reservations needed. read speaker bios

September 14, 2012

Marymount Announces Proposed Master’s Degree Programs

Marymount College President Dr. Michael Brophy announced today the proposal of two new master’s degrees for the college: a Master of Science in Community Psychology and a Master of Science in Leadership and Community Development for a fall 2013 launch. These master’s degree programs are pending approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

“Marymount College is committed to providing educational degree programs that benefit our students and the community,” said Dr. Brophy. “A master’s degree is becoming increasingly important in today’s ultracompetitive job market. And since our goal has always been to offer courses that will give our students an edge in the workplace and beyond, the next logical step is for us to offer master’s degree programs.”

 Students who have completed their bachelor’s degree may enroll in the master’s program. However, an attractive option for undergraduate students is the ability to complete a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree within five years of study. The following five-year degree pathways will be offered:

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Psychology with a Master of Science (MS) in Community Psychology; BA in Liberal Arts with an MS in Community Psychology; BA in Business with an MS in Community Psychology; BA in Business with an MS in Leadership and Community Development; BA in Liberal Arts with an MS in Leadership and Community Development; and a BA in Psychology with an MS in Leadership and Community Development.

The application deadline for fall 2013 enrollment is March 1, 2013.

The college currently offers bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, Media Studies, Business and Psychology at its two campuses located in Rancho Palos Verdes and San Pedro. For more information about the college’s master’s degree programs visit or contact the college’s enrollment division at 310-303-7311 or Kevin Grant at

September 11, 2012

White Men Can’t Jump

Ron Shelton’s film “White Men Can’t Jump” is the first film up in this year’s edition of the Ito/Matsuura Film Series and will play on Wednesday, Sept. 19th at the Warner Grand in San Pedro at 7 PM.

Ron Shelton is the writer/director of  “Bull Durham”, “Tin Cup, “Cobb”, “Play it to the Bone”, “Dark Blue” and “Bad Boys 2.” Mr. Shelton will host a Q & A session after the film.

Mr. Shelton will also be visiting the campus earlier in the day to talk with film students. Before the screening at 4 PM in Waterfront 111B. Anyone interested in the state of the Hollywood film industry should attend.

In the evening enjoy the wonderful performances by Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes in “White Men Can’t Jump.”

Bruce Schwartz
Chair, Ito-Matsuura Film Series

September 05, 2012

Rise and Dream Documentary

Come to the Grand Annex (434 West 6th Street) for this unique global studies and media opportunity. Home to one of the world's oldest documented conflicts, the southern Philippines is also a place of tremendous religious and cultural diversity. Follow the story of 13 teenagers who accept a challenge to learn their own cultural instruments in order to perform a concert for peace. The students rise above their obstacles as they explore the music of their ancestors. As the community mobilizes to support the concert, the expected attendance for the show triples in size, and the pressure begins to mount. Despite the uncertainties of their daily life, the students in Rise and Dream show extraordinary resilience as the concert blooms into a celebration and becomes a reminder of the power of dreams in us all. Ask questions of the filmmakers who will also perform some of the musical pieces. Sponsored by Campus Ministry and Student Life. Monday, Sept. 10th Grand Annex in San Pedro 6 pm.

September 04, 2012

Marymount College Gallery Features Award Winning Video Artist

There is No Why, a gallery show showcasing the video art of Xiaowen Zhu, is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday until September 25 at The Arcade Gallery, 479 West 6th Street, San Pedro.

An emerging artist, this is Zhu’s first solo exhibition. Zhu, the recipient of the Syracuse University Ginsburg Fellowship, presented to exceptional young artists, is featuring videos from five countries and three continents that she created during the past four years.

The content ranges from performance, highly manipulated abstraction, interpretive narrative, and experimental documentary. In these works Zhu communicates the complicated experience of being an international artist. She asks if the concept of home is possible outside of the geographical context, and wrestles with the notion of a disembodied identity. Zhu accomplishes this by invoking the destabilizing and reality-shifting laws of the internet: a space without time or physicality.

The Arcade Gallery, located in historic downtown San Pedro Arts and Entertainment District, the Port of Los Angeles, is a fixed exhibition venue of Marymount College. It offers students fully equipped facilities to exhibit their work in a variety of media. Dedicated to the connection between art and education, the gallery also presents work from celebrated and emerging artists, curated by either faculty or students of the Division of Arts &Media at Marymount College.