October 18, 2011, 7:00 P.M.

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


Outside the Box [Office] and Area23a invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Revenge of the Electric Car

Directed by Chris Paine
Written by Chris Pain and P.G. Morgan
Produced by P.G. Morgan and Jessie Deeter
Followed by a Q&A with Chris Paine

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

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


About Revenge of the Electric Car

In 2006, thousands of new electric cars were purposely destroyed by the same car companies that built them. Today, less than 5 years later, the electric car is back... with a vengeance.

In Revenge of the Electric Car, director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America’s future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever.

With almost every major car maker now jumping to produce new electric models, Revenge follows the race to be the first, the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. It’s not just the next generation of green cars that’s on the line. It’s the future of the automobile itself.

Revenge of the Electric Car is narrated by Tim Robbins. The primary cast includes CEO and President of Renault and Nissan Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk, Former Vice Chairman of GM Bob Lutz and EV do-it-yourselfer Greg “Gadget” Abbott.

Provided courtesy of Area23a. Rated PG-13.

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


Director's Statement

Sometimes change, like a train in the old West, gets stopped dead in its tracks. That was the story of Who Killed the Electric Car? The villains were the same guys who always hold things up when real progress is in the air. Pistol-waving business lobbyists fighting for their old monopolies, simpleton leaders defending the status quo, and the tendency for most of us to stay in our seats rather then board new trains.

So it's a rare privilege to be able to tell the story of how sometimes change has too much momentum to be stopped. You can't kill an idea whose time has come.

For this film, we wanted to do something different. Last time we followed a group of activists fighting from the outside. This time, we follow four entrepreneurs battling from the inside. Each one let us in on their journey over three years on condition that we would not release any footage until 2011.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk puts his personal fortune on the line. Bob Lutz, GM's Vice Chair, stakes the entire brand on the very technology it once tried to kill. Nissan's CEO, Carlos Ghosn, bets the farm on a car almost no one believes can happen. And my neighbor, Greg 'Gadget' Abbott, like thousands of other car converters around the world, sets out to prove you can do it yourself. The challenges they face are as tough as capitalism can be cagey.

But the prize if they succeed is really for all of us: the reinvention of the car without gasoline, and potentially without fossil fuel at all.

-- Chris Paine

About the Guest

CHRIS PAINE -- Writer/Director

Chris Paine is the writer/director of Who Killed the Electric Car? which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 before its release by Sony Pictures Classics, to become one of the most successful documentaries of the last five years. Revenge of the Electric Car is his latest film.

Chris has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, NightlineABC World News Tonight, Democracy Now, and Science Friday on NPR. He has toured nationally to speak about electric cars and sustainable transportation at international venues including Princeton, Brown, Stanford, the Matthew Shepard Symposium on Social Justice, the James Baker III Institute in Houston, Google, and more.

Other film projects Chris has undertaken include serving as executive producer on the motorcycle racing film Faster! with Ewan McGregor and No Maps For These Territories with cyberpunk author William Gibson. His forthcoming film is Mark Neale's Charge! which features the world's first electric motorcycle race on the Isle of Man.

On the entrepreneurial front, his technology company, Internet Outfitters, went public in 1999 as part of AppNet/CommerceOne and his firm Mondo-tronics provided materials for the Mars Pathfinder mission. Chris's activist work has included campaigns to stop nuclear testing in Nevada, freeway expansions in California, and preventing deforestation. His 21st century demonstration home "Marrakesh House" in Los Angeles hosts green events and charges its electric cars (and bikes) exclusively using solar power.

Chris was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Colgate University in New York. He supports the work of the Rainforest Action Network and serves on the board for Impro Theater and the Black Rock Arts Foundation.

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