January 15, 2012, 3:00 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], the USC Latino Graduate Student Association, USC El Centro Chicano and Fox International Productions invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Miss Bala

Directed by Gerardo Naranjo
Written by Gerardo Naranjo and Mauricio Katz
Produced by Pablo Cruz
Followed by a Q&A with Writer/Director Gerardo Naranjo, Actress Stephanie Sigman and Executive Producer Diego Luna

3:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 15th, 2012

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

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

Official Oscar® Entry - Mexico
Best Foreign Language Film

About Miss Bala

Miss Bala tells the story of Laura, a young woman whose aspirations of becoming a beauty queen turn against her, delivering her into the hands of a gang that's terrorizing northern Mexico. Although Laura succeeds in winning the beauty queen crown, her experiences as an unwilling participant in Mexico's violent war leave her shaken and transformed.

35mm print provided courtesy of Fox International Productions. Rated R. Running time: 113 minutes. In Spanish, with English subtitles.

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


About the Guests

GERARDO NARANJO (Director, Screenwriter)

Beginning his career with a stint writing film criticism, Naranjo directed his first short, Perro Negro, in 1997, then went on to earn a masters degree in directing at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. In 2005 he starred in Azazel Jacobs’ The Good Times Kid, which he also co-wrote, and in 2006 he premiered his first feature film, Drama/Mex, at Cannes's Semaine de la Critique. Drama/Mex was included in film festivals around the world, as was Naranjo's film of 2008, I’m Gonna Explode; after premiering at the 65th Venice Biennale, I'm Gonna Explode was featured in the 46th New York Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival, and won the “FIPRESCI” award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival. Most recently Naranjo participated in REVOLUCIÓN, a compilation of ten short films directed by ten contemporary Mexican directors, that's been included in more than 25 festivals, and was voted Best Film at Biarritz Latin American Film Festival. In 2010 Naranjo was included in Take 100, The Future of Film: 100 New Directors, a compendium of gifted emerging filmmakers from around the world that was published by Phaidon.

STEPHANIE SIGMAN (Actress, "Laura Guerrero")
In Miss Bala, Sigman takes on her first starring role in a feature film. Sigman is a native of Cuidad Obregon, in the border state of Sonora, Mexico. At age 16, hoping to fulfill her passion for traveling, Sigman entered the Elite Model Look competition, which launched her career as a model and led her to leave to Mexico City. Sigman started to take an interest in acting at the age of 18 when she received a scholarship for acting school and after a few years discovered she was passionate about pursuing this career. She has previously done guest starring roles for television series in Mexico. 

DIEGO LUNA (Executive Producer)

Diego Luna was introduced to worldwide audiences with his starring role in the award-winning Y tu mamá también, alongside life-long friend Gael García Bernal, by director Alfonso Cuarón.

Beginning his professional acting career on stage at the age of seven, and making his television debut at age twelve in El Abuelo Y Yo, Luna has appeared in theater productions such as De Pelicula, La Tarea (based on Jame Humberto Hermosillo’s movie of the same name), Comedia Clandestina, and El Cantaro Roto, for which he accepted the 1996-1997 “Masculine Revelation Award” from the Association of Theatre Reviewers. Under the direction of Antonio Serrano (Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas), he performed Sabina Berman’s Moliere. He also produced The Complete Works of William Shakespeare in Mexico, for which he won the 2001-2002 “Best Comic Actor” award from the Association of Theatre Reviewers.

Luna’s feature films include Harmony Korine’s Mister Lonely, Before Night Falls by director Julian Schnabel, Luis Estrada’s Ambar, Erwin Neumaier’s Un Hilito De Sangre, Gabriel Retes’ Un Dulce Olor A Meute, Marisa Sistach’s El Cometa, Fernando Sarinana’s Todo El Poder, Criminal by Stephen Soderbergh, The Terminal by director Steven Spielberg, Solo Dios Sabe (What God Knows), Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Open Range alongside director and star Kevin Costner, Frida opposite Salma Hayek by director Julie Taymor, Carambola, Fidel (for Showtime), Ciudades Oscuras, and Soldados de Salamina by director David Trueba, Milk opposite Sean Penn and directed by Gus Van Sant and Rudo y Cursi directed by Carlos Cuarón. Additionally, Luna has starred in a number of short films made by students at CUEC and CCC, including Javier Bourges’ El Ultimo Fin Del Ano, the Oscar winning short film. His most recent projects include; Contraband directed by Baltasar Kormákur and The Untitled Spanish Comedy directed by Matt Piedmont and starring  opposite Will Ferrell and Gael García Bernal.

Luna went behind the camera as a director for a second time with Abel, his dramatic directorial debut. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the Premieres section. Abel was also selected in the Cannes Film Festival (Special Screening, Official Selection). The film has gone on to participate in over 20 festivals throughout the world including Munich, SANFIC (Santiago International Film Festival), Deauville American Film Festival (in Competition), San Sebastian Film Festival where it was honored with the Horizontes and Euskatltel Youth Audience Award and most recently in a special gala presentation in the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Previously, he directed the documentary J.C. Chavez that premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.  The film explores the life of legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, whose rise from humble circumstances to 37 world title fights mirrored the struggle of his people and allowed him to win the hearts of the world.

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 USC 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 2:30 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

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu