August 24, 2011, 7:00 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

Outside the Box [Office], Participant Media and Roadside Attractions invite you and a guest to a special screening of


Written and Directed by Maryam Keshavarz
Produced by Karin Chien, Maryam Keshavarz and Melissa Lee (SCA Alumna, Peter Stark Producing Program, 2007)
Followed by a Q&A with Maryam Keshavarz and actor Reza Sixo Safai

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

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

*Winner: Audience Award, Dramatic Competition -- 2011 Sundance Film Festival*

In theaters on Friday, August 26th, 2011

About Circumstance


A suspenseful tale of love and family upended by obsession and suspicion, Circumstance is also a provocative coming-of-age story that cracks open the hidden, underground world of Iranian youth culture, where a young woman's most electrifying passions can become the most dangerous of secrets.

Set in contemporary Iran in the unseen world of Iranian youth culture, filled with underground parties, sex, drugs and defiance, Circumstance is the story of two vivacious young girls -- wealthy Atafeh and orphaned Shireen -- discovering their burgeoning sexuality and, like 16 year-old girls anywhere, struggling with their desires and the boundaries placed upon them by the world they were born into.

The Audience Award winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Maryam Keshavarz's debut feature boldly takes filmgoers inside a modern Iran rarely witnessed by outsiders.

35mm print provided courtesy of Participant Media and Roadside Attractions. Rated R. In Farsi, with English subtitles. Running time: 107 minutes.

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About the Guests

MARYAM KESHAVARZ (Director/Writer/Producer) received her MFA from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and has been making award-winning films for 10 years. Her first feature documentary, The Color Of Love, an intimate portrait of the changing landscape of love and politics in Iran, won numerous awards at top-tier festivals and was broadcast internationally. Her short film The Day I Died garnered top accolades at Mar del Plata, Clermont-Ferrand, New York Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival; and was the only short film at Berlinale to win two awards: the Gold Teddy and the Jury Prize.

Keshavarz’s first narrative feature fiction film, Circumstance has garnered various prestigious accolades including: selection to the Sundance Screenwriters/ Directors Lab and Tribeca All Access; receipt of the Adrienne Shelly Grant, the Sundance Middle Eastern Filmmakers Award, Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Grant, France’s Fonds Sud Grant; as well as financial support from Cinereach, Film Independent, and the San Francisco Film Society. Circumstance made its World Premiere in American Dramatic Competition at the 2011 Sundance Festival to overwhelming critical acclaim and won the coveted Audience Award.

REZA SIXO SAFAI (Actor, "Mehran") grew up in Palo Alto, CA and later attended UCLA where he was awarded the National Actor’s Theatre Fellowship Award for acting. On stage both in LA and NY, he has worked with such diverse talents as Peter Sellars, John C. Reilly, Ann Magnusson, David Schweizer, Martin Sherman, Heather Woodbury and Susan Tyrell. His many credits include Louis in Angels in America, Sahtin in The Lower Depths, Yasha in The Cherry Orchard, Patrick in The Kentucky Cycle and Lee in True West. Reza also wrote and starred in Transplant, a critically acclaimed one-person show about the Iranian James Bond. In addition to being a board member of the non-profit multi-disciplinary arts organization Trade City, he is currently co-producing with the Tony award-winning producers of A Raisin in the Sun, the Broadway world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ last unpublished play.

He continues to be a key actor in indie films as well, including Push, Dean Quixote, Amp and F-Stops. His short film The Mario Valdez Story, which he wrote, directed and starred in won 2nd prize at Cannes. Safai's debut feature, Sabotage, inspired by The Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze music video for "Sabotage" is the first ever action-comedy/music-documentary and features DJ Assault ("Ass n' Titties”) and Kennedy ("Lovin' Your Mama"). On the small screen, Reza was last seen on “Undercovers” and “The Mentalist.”  Reza currently lives in Los Angeles with his sweetheart Hollace.

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain. The weekly screenings will be on Wednesday and Sunday nights (and other select dates, as they arise) in the School of Cinematic Arts Complex, George Lucas Building.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

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 6:30 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