LOOKING BACK ON LOVE: MAKING BLACK AND WHITE AMERICA

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January 29, 2013, 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 the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, and Candy Tangerine Productions invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Looking Back on Love: Making Black and White America

 
Directed by Mathieu Bitton
 
Followed by a Q&A with Mathieu Bitton, moderated by J. Kevin Swain.
 
7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
 
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
 
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
 

About Looking Back on Love: Making Black and White America

Twenty-two years after he exploded onto the music scene, Lenny Kravitz creates the album he was born to make. The documentary, Looking Back On Love, follows the journey behind the making of Kravitz's recently released 9th studio album, Black And White America. An in depth look at the sessions that initially started out as a three-month recording project, Looking Back On Love is a full-on rock and roll music production. Filmed by GRAMMY-Award nominee Mathieu Bitton, viewers will experience the Bahamian culture through a day-to-day look at Lenny's life, and watch the artist create and record the songs at his newly built Bahamas home studio, Gregory Town Sound. The film includes exclusive interviews spanning two years and showcases the artist discussing his creative process, his influences and the recording of the songs themselves.

The spotlight is also on Lenny's recording techniques, showcasing his musical partner Craig Ross, New Orleans legend Trombone Shorty, and long time collaborators, George Laks, Harold Todd and Michael Hunter at work at Gregory Town Sound. The film also features in depth examination of the album's title song; Lenny's personal history about his upbringing in a mixed family, the election of President Obama and the message of love that Lenny has been preaching for over 20 years.

Provided courtesy of Candy Tangerine Productions.

About the Guests

MATHIEU BITTON -- Director, Producer

French-born Grammy Award-nominated artist Mathieu Bitton, CEO/Art Director of Candy Tangerine, has designed over 650 CDs and is a world-renowned collector and authority on Black films. Recent projects include the Transformers franchise and Terminator Salvation soundtracks, many film posters, including Kevin McDonald's Marley, Jane's Addcition's "A Cabinet Of Curiosities" and Miles Davis "Bitches Brew: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" boxed sets, and a new Lenny Kravitz CD. Clients have included Sting, Prince, Raphael Saadiq, Smokey Robinson, WAR, Stevie Wonder, Quentin Tarantino, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, Jackson 5, Jakob Dylan, Augustana, Lionel Richie, Harry Belafonte, Iggy Pop, Buddy Guy, Run-DMC, Barry White, and Dolly Parton. Bitton is the 2012 recipient of one of France's highest honors, Chevalier De L'Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres (Knight of the order of arts & letters). His first feature documentary film Looking Back On Love about Lenny Kravitz will be released in 2013. He is currently working on a book of his photographs.

J. KEVIN SWAIN -- Moderator

Emmy and Grammy nominated director J. Kevin Swain is one of the most versatile Producer/Directors in music related content, concert films, and television production. Over his almost twenty (20) years in the entertainment business, Swain has produced projects with some of the biggest names in the industry. Past clients include AEG, Allstate Insurance, LVMH, BET, Centric, YouTube, MTV (NY, Africa & Brazil),LVMH, Nigerian Breweries. Centric, TV-One, Lexus, MySpace, Eagle Rock Productions, Paramount Studios, Bravo, HBO, Oxygen Network, Sony, Interscope Records, Warner Brothers Records, Universal Records, Island-Def Jam, Columbia Records, Aftermath Records, McDonalds, Rush Communications and Pepsi-Cola Company, among others. A few years ago, Swain left MTV after three years as Senior Producer to form his own production company, Nature Boy Productions.

The late Don Cornelius was fittingly profiled in Swain’s production of, “The Hippest Trip In America-Soul Train. “The Hippest Trip” features Soul music legends Aretha Franklin, Sly Stone, the late Teddy Pendegrass, Don Cornelius and many others. He is currently producing  the gospel music special ,“The King’s Men” as well as a feature length documentary on Brazilian music and culture. His recent Directing credits include Grammy Award Winning Artists Alicia Keys, Kirk Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, John Legend, and ‘the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul’, Mary J. Blige. Swain was one of the directors of the wildly successful series, “Being Bobby Brown” for Bravo.

J. Kevin Swain is credited with effectively handling big productions with creativity and confidence. These attributes have helped his career to flourish and he has garnered an impressive list of awards and production credits, across many genres of music, television, and film. Along the way, he has garnered Grammy and Emmy nominations for his work.

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.

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 6:30 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.

Parking

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 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