December 14, 2011, 9:15 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 Hannover House invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Cook County

Written & Directed by David Pomes

9:15 P.M. on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Winner, Audience Award -- SXSW Film Festival
Winner, Best Feature Film -- Hollywood Film Festival
Winner, Special Jury Prize -- Dallas International Film Festival


About Cook County

Xander Berkeley, Anson Mount, and Ryan Donowho explode on the screen in this visceral tale about three generations of meth addicts living in the piney woods of East Texas.

Living in a small town and amongst a house full of crystal meth abusers, seventeen year-old Abe (Donowho) wrestles to beat an addiction to meth and struggles to protect himself and his young niece from an abusive Uncle Bump (Mount). When Sonny (Berkeley) returns home from prison seeking redemption from his son, Abe, the two must navigate the treacherous waters created by Bump, who will do almost anything to maintain a dangerous lifestyle fueled by crystal meth.

The tension and suspense build up to an electrifying ending where harrowing choices are made by all three men leading each of them to a different fate.

Unlike any other movie, Cook County unflinchingly tells a raw and real story of rural life where crystal meth dictates the family dynamic.

Provided courtesy of Hannover House. Rated R. Running time: 93 minutes.

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


Director's Statement

Cook County is the story of an abused and alienated teenage boy wrestling with an addiction to crystal meth while living in a house full of crystal meth addicts. Set in the deep woods of East Texas, Abe (Ryan Donowho) faces a bleak existence with few opportunities. He's a high school dropout with virtually no contact to the world outside his small town. Making things even worse is Abe's abusive uncle, Bump (Anson Mount), who runs a mom and pop meth lab out of the kitchen and lives life on the edge with a meth-fueled craziness. Bump peddles meth to his neighbors and terrorizing Abe with hair-trigger pinache. Bump's "meth" parties fill the house with the worst types and endanger the lives of Abe and Bump's six year-old daughter, Deandra (Makenna Fitzsimmons).

A spark of hope emerges when Abe's father, Sonny (Xander Berkeley), unexpectedly returns home from a two-year prison sting. Sonny immediately provides some protection to Abe and Deandra, shielding them from Bump's antics, yet Sonny and Abe struggle to find common ground. Sonny also struggles to find a job, and on top of that, is being pushed by federal agents to help root-out drug dealers in the area. Unknown to Bump or Abe, Sonny soon begins handing over old friends to the authorities.

The pressure mounts on Sonny as he tries to balance his quest for redemption in the eyes of Abe and the urge for self-preservation amidst the storm being brought upon him by federal agents. It becomes clear that Sonny must reconcile his past and pay his debts in order to salvage any semblance of a relationship with his son.

As the story unravels, Bump's behavior spirals and the safety of Abe and Deandra reaches a panic level. At the peak of chaos, and with Sonny away from home, Abe is chased by Bump in a race to save Deandra, who has been rented out for nothing more than money to buy meth. At a crossroads of saving or losing Deandra forever, Abe is backed into a corner where he finds Bump's shotgun propped up against the wall. When Sonny returns to discover the remnants of a horrific scene, his personal road to redemption becomes clear. In the culmination of an electrifying ending, Sonny sacrifices himself in the hope of giving Abe and Deandra the lives they deserve.

-- David Pomes

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 public. Please bring a valid 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 9:10 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


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

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