June 26, 2011, 5:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The SCA Summer Screening Series and Sony Pictures Classics invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of:

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

Directed by Michael Rapaport
Produced by Edward Parks
, Frank Mele, Michael Rapaport, Eric Matthies, Robert Benavides and Debra Koffler

Followed by a Q&A with SCA Alumni Edward Parks, Frank Mele, Niraj Bhatia and Dan Burks

5:00 P.M. on Sunday, June 26th, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre
George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, July 8th, 2011

About Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

As Beats, Rhymes & Life begins, the rappers who anchored pioneering group A Tribe Called Quest are already going their separate ways. As youths in the mid-'80s, the Queens-born foursome of Tribe—Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White—found success with their exhuberant exploration and combination of hip hop, pop and jazz. But in recent years, Q-Tip, the band's visionary and reluctant pop star, has tired of the street-bred capriciousness of his lyrical partner Phife, who is equally frustrated with Q-Tip. How these two friends and musical partners got to this state forms the guts of actor-turned-filmmaker Michael Rapaport's candid and combustible documentary.

Official Selection: 2011 Sundance Film Festival, 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

Provided courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics. Rated R. Running time: 98 minutes.

Learn more about the film and view the trailer at


About the Guests

Originally from Boston, Edward Parks is an award-winning feature and commercial producer and co-founder of Rival Pictures, a Santa Monica-based production company. Rival has produced spots for clients such as State Farm, Toyota, and Nike, as well as the feature film Special, starring Michael Rapaport. The film was received to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival, and was theatrically released by Magnolia Pictures in 2008. Ed is currently developing several feature projects both narrative and non-fiction when he’s not working on his Harleys.

FRANK MELE (Producer)
Frank Joseph Mele, a graduate of USC’s school of Cinema-Television, has made a career that spans a variety of mediums, including film, television, commercials, branded content, design and visual effect supervision, and entertainment marketing. In 2004, Frank co-founded Rival Pictures with partner Ed Parks with a goal to produce low budget, high concept independent films. Aside from partnering in Rival, Frank owns and serves as executive producer for the commercial production label LFP, which specializes in multicultural and international marketing, consulting, representation, and content. Clients include Toyota, State Farm Insurance, and Nike.

NIRAJ BHATIA (Executive Producer)
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Niraj Bhatia was born with a fascination of business and a passion for entertainment. Upon graduating from the University of Southern California, Bhatia founded the Santa Monica-based production company, Om Films, Inc. Since 2004, Bhatia has served as producer and/or executive producer on multiple films, such as the short Placebo (for which he also created the story), and the documentary Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest. Both have played at numerous film festivals including Sundance, TriBeCa, L.A. Film Festival, and A.F.I.-Dallas Film Festival. Currently, Bhatia is developing a variety of feature films and is the acting President and CEO of Om Films, Inc.

DAN BURKS (Executive Producer)
Dan Burks was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and is a alumnus of USC's School of Cinema-Television. Since his days at SC, Burks has worked on numerous productions such as The West Wing, CSI: Miami, The Comeback, National Treasure, and My Blueberry Nights. In 2004, Burks co-founded Om Films with fellow Trojan Niraj Bhatia. Most recently, Burks served as an executive producer on the documentary Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest. The doc premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival where it was purchased by Sony Picture Classics. Burks is currently serving as writer, executive producer, and Vice President of Om Films, Inc.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the general public. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 4:30 P.M.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Phone: 213.740.2330