March 6, 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] and Strand Releasing invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Astral City: A Spiritual Journey (Nosso Lar)

Written & Directed by Wagner de Assis
Produced by Iafa Britz
Followed by a Q&A with Wagner de Assis and Associate Producer/SCA Writing Division Faculty Harold Apter

3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

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

‘4 STARS: Joyous, thrilling, informative and accessible’ EMPIRE
‘4 STARS: some of the world’s best musicians giving flawless renditions of Haydn’s works’ LONDON WEST END EXTRA
‘4 STARS: Quietly inspiring’ THE TIMES
‘4 STARS: Following his excellent films on Mozart and Beethoven, the British documentarist Phil Grabsky completes an admirable trilogy with this riveting study of Haydn’.  THE OBSERVER
‘4 STARS: bracing, refreshing; simply very good indeed’ THE GUARDIAN
‘4 STARS: the film rescues Haydn from any neglect he may previously have suffered’  THE SUNDAY TIMES

About Astral City: A Spiritual Journey (Nosso Lar)

Based on the best selling book by medium Chico Xavier, the film tells the story of Andre Luiz, a successful doctor who experiences an enlightening spiritual awakening after his death. When he wakes up in the spiritual world, he embarks on a new journey of self-discovery and transformation, from his first days in a dimension of pain and suffering, until when he is rescued and taken to the spiritual Astral City. With magnificent art direction and special effects that have never been seen before in a Brazilian production, and featuring an amazing score by composer Philip Glass, the film brings to the screen what life is like at the Astral City that hovers in the upper layers of the Earth's atmosphere.

Provided courtesy of Strand Releasing. Not Rated. Running time: 109 minutes. In Brazilian Portuguese, with English subtitles.

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


About the Guests

WAGNER DE ASSIS (Writer/Director)

Wagner de Assis has been a professional screenwriter since the age of 24 in his native Brazil, where he also spent nine years (1993-2002) working for Globo TV, the fifth largest TV Network in the world, as the head of the press relations department. Wagner has attended the New York Film Academy workshops in 1997 and other screenplay seminars for movies and TV writing.

Cinética Films, his film production company, was found in 1997. He is also the COO of an independent distribution company, Film Connection, which imports and distributes independent films from both Brazilian and international producers.

Wagner is the author of six produced Portuguese language features. Three of them were the top grossing Brazilian movies of their respective seasons – Twisting (Requebra, 1998); Popstar (romantic comedy, 1999), Xuxa and the Gnomes (fairytale, 2000), Xuxa and the fairies (sequel, 2001), Summer Dream (2002, teen adventure), The Fortuneteller (drama, author-director-producer, 2004).

HAROLD APTER (Associate Producer, SCA Writing Division Faculty)

Apter has recently written the screenplay for a new Brazilian feature film. His work in Brazil has spanned the better part of a decade and includes writing, consulting on and producing feature films in both English and Portuguese.

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