Delta Kappa Alpha

Delta Kappa Alpha
Delta Kappa Alpha
Delta Kappa Alpha crest.png
Founded March 15, 1936 (1936-03-15) (75 years ago)
University of Southern California, (Los Angeles, California)
Type Professional
Emphasis Cinema
Scope International
Mission statement Delta Kappa Alpha is a coeducational cinema fraternity which seeks to foster creative growth, to establish meaningful relationships, and to develop and utilize our talents in order to improve ourselves as collaborative artists and contribute to the proliferation of cinematic awareness with the community at large.
Motto Truth in Illusion


Symbol Film stock
Mascot Dragon

Delta Kappa Alpha (ΔΚA) is a co-educational professional fraternity founded in 1936, at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.

According to USC's cinema website, "Recognized by the School of Cinematic Arts as the official professional cinema fraternity at the University of Southern California, DKA engages the community through philanthropic, social, and professional events. The goal of this co-ed fraternity is to establish meaningful relationships and camaraderie between students highly committed and interested in the film industry and in the cinematic arts."[1]



This section details primarily the Alpha (USC) chapter of Delta Kappa Alpha, as its history is the most well documented.

Delta Kappa Alpha was founded in 1936, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, originally as a group for cinematographers. Soon the Alpha chapter encompassed all undergraduate divisions at the School of Cinematic Arts, including Film & TV Production, Critical Studies, Writing for Screen & Television, Animation & Digital Arts, and most recently Interactive Entertainment. [2]

The Alpha chapter had considerable influence in its first incarnation from 1936 until the mid-1980's. The fraternity had its own office within the School of Cinematic Arts building, equivalent to the current Student Production Office in today's SCA complex.

The fraternity also held annual banquets to honor notable contributors to the cinematic arts. Film legends such as Alfred Hitchcock and Fred Astaire were inducted into the fraternity as honorary members. [3] Hollywood heavyweights such as Sophia Loren, George Cukor, and Judy Garland were known to attend these events. [4]

The fraternity was in its heyday in the 1960's and 1970's, when Dirty Dozen members George Lucas and Howard Kazanjian were among its members. There were 5 national chapters with a membership of 1500 in 1965.[5] However, by the mid 1980's the Alpha chapter as well as other chapters in the United States and South America had disbanded.[6] There are rumors that the fraternity was asked to be shut down due to its increasing influence on campus and in the Hollywood industry, but it is more likely that dwindling membership and funding caused the USC chapter to close. [7] Why all chapters went inactive is unknown. Despite no longer being on campus, USC still held a "DKA film series" of screenings from 1982 until the late 2000's at the Norris Cinema Theater on campus, drawing hour-long lines every Friday. [8] [9]


In the spring of 2009 [10], a group of students at USC re-chartered the Alpha chapter, and has since grown to be the largest undergraduate student group at the School of Cinematic Arts[11], again encompassing all divisions of undergraduate study and bringing guests such as Alan Myerson[12], John Landis[13], and John C. McGinley (on behalf of Spread the Word to End the Word)[14] to campus as part of its DKA Speaker Series.

A Beta chapter at San Francisco State University followed after in the fall of 2010 with 20 founding members.[15] The Beta chapter's UNAI committee produced the official introduction video to the United Nations Academic Impact program, which premiered at the UN on November 19, 2010. [16] The Beta chapter has also worked with Italian neorealist filmmaker Carlo Lizzani in Italy. [17]

Collegiate chapters

Each chapter elects an Executive Board consisting of a President and six Vice Presidents (Programming, Communications, Membership, Pledgemaster, Cinematic Affairs, Finance) as well as a Sergeant of Arms.

Other officer positions include Film Committee, Historian, Social, Philanthropy, Sunshine, Alumni, Design, Webmaster, Interchapter, Recruitment, and Professional chairs. [18]

Notable alumnae

Delta Kappa Alpha dinners and honorees

Delta Kappa Alpha had an annual banquets in January/February which honored figures in the Cinema industry and presented them with honorary membership in the fraternity. Honorees include:


  1. ^ USC School of Cinematic Arts website
  2. ^ SCA Undergraduate Programs
  3. ^ DKA Alpha chapter website
  4. ^ "USC President Rufus von KleinSmid, Sophia Loren, George Cukor, and Judy Garland at a DKA event circa 1959."
  5. ^ a b USC's El Rodeo Yearbook 1965 p178
  6. ^ DKA Beta chapter website
  7. ^ "The fraternity died in the early 80s due to a lack of interest and efforts to fundraise."
  8. ^ Daily Trojan article, "DKA movies a Friday tradition"
  9. ^ "Oct 2, 2007 ... Friday, DKA Film Series is showing Pirates of the Caribbean."
  10. ^ [1] "Delta Kappa Alpha (DKA) is the resurrected cinema fraternity..."
  11. ^ DKA Alpha chapter website
  12. ^ DKA Presents a Q&A with Alan Myerson
  13. ^ A Question and Answer Session lead by USC’s Cinema Fraternity
  14. ^ Daily Trojan article, "Spread the Word to End the Word’ comes to USC"
  15. ^ DKA Beta chapter websit
  16. ^ UNAI website
  17. ^ The Last Maestro page
  18. ^ DKA Alpha chapter website
  19. ^ a b c Delta Kappa Alpha History
  20. ^ a b Skywalking: the life and films of George Lucas
  21. ^ George Schlatter and Arthur Schneider, Jump Cut: Memoirs of a Pioneer Television Editor, McFarland & Co Inc (31 Jul 1997), ISBN 978-0786403455
  22. ^ Chuck Jones: Conversations
  23. ^ Lensman to Be Honored by Fraternity
  24. ^ Fraternity to Induct
  25. ^ Fraternity to Honor Gene Kelly
  26. ^ a b Tierney Film return set
  27. ^ Greer Garson and Kirk Douglas with Awards
  28. ^ America's Sweetheart remembered
  29. ^ Past, Present Merge for Mutual Love of Movies
  30. ^ Realistic Locales Seen Aiding Actors
  31. ^ USC Fraternity Cites 3 Film-TV Personalities
  32. ^ Hollywood Celebs Send Second String for Awards
  33. ^ Nostalgia was the keynote, Mae West stole the show
  34. ^ Bouquets for Notables at Film Banquet
  35. ^ Film Notables Receive Honorary Tribute
  36. ^ Paul Newman joins Ingmar Bergman Cult
  37. ^ Fraternity Fetes Stanwyck, Green, Castle
  38. ^ Tributes to Fred
  39. ^ Glen Ford's Delta Kappa Alpha Certificate
  40. ^ The late Albert Whitlock was one of movie history’s most skilled illusionists.
  41. ^ Chronology of the Walt Disney Company
  42. ^ Neil Simon to Move Back to New York
  43. ^ Russ Meyer--the life and films: a biography and a comprehensive, illustrated

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