September 29, 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

Cinematheque108, Annenberg Black Student Association (ABSA) and Roadside Attractions invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Thunder Soul

Directed by Mark Landsman
Produced by Mark Landsman, Keith Calder and Jessica Wu
Followed by a Q&A with Mark Landsman

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Winner of the 2010 Audience Awards at the Los Angeles Film Festival, South by Southwest, Dallas International Film Festival, Aspen Film Festival and Toronto’s Hot Docs Festival.

Opens in New York on Friday, September 23rd & Los Angeles on Friday, October 7th

About Thunder Soul

It was afros, pleated pants and platform shoes; James Brown, Sly Stone and Bootsy Collins. It was the ’70s, and an inner-city Houston high school was about to make history. Presented by Texas-native Jamie Foxx, Thunder Soul follows the extraordinary alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old Conrad “Prof” Johnson, their beloved band leader who broke the color barrier and transformed the school’s struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s.

Thunder Soul is endorsed by national arts education champions Americans for the Arts Action Fund, and school districts around the nation. Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Executive Director, Robert Floyd, describes Thunder Soul as “a wonderful tool that will help us further convince students, educators, and policy makers of music’s life-changing impact.”

35mm print provided courtesy of Roadside Attractions. Rated PG. Running time: 88 minutes.

To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here.


About the Guest

MARK LANDSMAN, Director/Producer

Mark Landsman is a Los Angeles-based independent filmmaker who recently produced and directed the feature-length film, Thunder Soul, on the extraordinary reunion of the legendary Kashmere Stage Band. The film had its World Premiere at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, where it won an Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary.

His first feature-length film, Peace of Mind, on coexistence through the eyes of a group of Palestinian and Israeli teenagers, won an Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2000 Hampton’s International Film Festival; was featured at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival’s Gen Y Program; and aired on PBS and networks internationally. His fictional short, Skylab, won Best of the Fest at the 2005 Chicago REEL Shorts Festival; aired on PBS; and was screened at festivals internationally. For WITNESS, Peter Gabriel’s human rights media organization, Mark produced and directed two films: Postcard from Peje, on ethinic Albanian teenagers returning to their homes in post-war Kosova; and Books Not Bars, on minority youth and the U.S. prison system.

Mark was a producer and director for Morgan Spurlock’s award-winning documentary television series, 30 Days; for the Sundance Channel’s, Big Ideas for a Small Planet; and on many non-fiction programs for A&E, Discovery Channel, ABC Family and PBS.

He holds an MFA in Film Direction from the American Film institute, where he was a Directing Fellow from 2002-2004.

About Cinematheque108

Cinematheque108 is an alternative screening series sponsored by the Critical Studies Department at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The series offers a rare selection of events that highlight noteworthy experimental, documentary, and/or foreign films, many of which can not be seen anywhere else. Cinematheque108 is an educational forum that aims to expand understanding of alternative film and media. All screenings are free of charge and open to the pubic.

About the Annenberg Black Student Association (ABSA)

ABSA is an uplifting organization dedicated to the recruitment, retention, academic advancement, and career development of Annenberg students. This supporting organization acts as a family for students of color studying at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, through empowerment, challenges, community service, and outreach. We hold numerous events throughout the year open to both ABSA members and the general school population including panel discussions, studio tours, and movie screenings. Every February we also have an awards ceremony honoring African Americans who’ve contributed to the field of journalism and communications. Some of our past honorees include NBC’s “Today in LA” co-anchor Chris Schauble, LA Times writer Gerrick Kennedy, and LA Times columnist Sandy Banks. Through weekly meetings, career enhancing events and group bonding sessions we hope to further enhance the Trojan experience. Our organization strives to not only provide members with tools to help them achieve things academically but we also try to foster strong friendships that will last a lifetime.

About Parking

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 parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Phone: 213.740.2330