June 28, 2013, 7:00 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Outside the Box [Office], SCA Network, and The Weinstein Company, invite you and a guest to a special reception and preview screening of

Fruitvale Station

Written & Directed by SCA Alumnus Ryan Coogler
Produced by USC Alumni Nina Yang Bongiovi
and Forest Whitaker
Followed by a Q&A with USC Alumni, including Ryan Coogler '11, Co-Producer Sev Ohanian '12, Associate Producers Haroula Rose '11 and Gerard McMurray '11, Editor Michael P. Shawver '12, and Composer Ludwig Goransson
Moderated by SCA Professor Leonard Maltin
7:00 P.M. on Friday, June 28th, 2013
Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The RSVP list for this screening is now FULL.

We have created a WAIT LIST, for which you can RSVP through this website. The wait list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis around 6:50 P.M. at Norris Theatre should seats be available after the regular RSVP list has checked in. There is no guarantee that we will have seating available for Wait List guests.

Winner: Grand Jury Prize, U.S. Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival 2013

Winner: Audience Award, U.S. Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival 2013

Winner: Un Certain Regard, Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival 2013

In Select Theaters on Friday, July 12th

About Fruitvale Station

Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler's FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn't been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that changes are not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year's Day. Oscar's life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area - and the entire nation - to its very core.

Provided courtesy of The Weinstein Company. Not yet rated. Running time: 85 minutes.

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This event will begin accepting RSVPs from NEW and ACTIVE members of the SCA NETWORK (not to be confused with the "SCA Community") on Wednesday, June 19th at 12:00 P.M. The SCA Network is only open to SCA students and alumni and all SCA Network accounts require an annual minimum donation of $25.00 to remain active. For information about the SCA Network, please visit To check on your SCA Network status, please visit

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About the Guests

RYAN COOGLER (Writer, Director, SCA Alumnus '11)

Ryan Coogler is a 26 year-old filmmaker from the East Bay Area, California who has been making movies for five years. His feature length screenplay FRUITVALE, based on the 2009 BART police shooting of Oscar Grant, was selected for the 2012 Sundance January Screenwriter’s Lab. In 2011 his student short film FIG, which followed a young street prostitute’s fight to keep her daughter safe, won the Director’s Guild of America Student Filmmaker Award, as well as the 2011 HBO Short Filmmaker Award. FIG was broadcast on HBO. Coogler still lives in the Bay Area where in addition to making films, he works as a counselor at Juvenile Hall in San Francisco. He earned his MFA in Film and Television Production at the University of Southern California in May 2011.

SEV OHANIAN (Co-Producer, SCA Alumnus '12)

Sev Ohanian is a 26 year-old filmmaker native to Los Angeles. At the age of 20, he produced MY BIG FAT ARMENIAN FAMILY, a no-budget indie feature film that became very popular with Armenian audiences around the world. Shortly after, he attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA program - using the profits from his film to help pay for tuition. Since working on FRUITVALE STATION, Sev has currently been producing THE LABYRINTH, a feature film project for James Francos’ Rabbit Bandini Productions. He earned his MFA in Film and Television Production at the University of Southern California in May 2012.

HAROULA ROSE (Associate Producer, SCA Alumna '11)

GERARD MCMURRAY (Associate Producer, SCA Alumnus '11)

MICHAEL P. SHAWVER (Editor, SCA Alumnus '12)

Michael Shawver is a 29 year-old filmmaker from North Providence, Rhode Island. He has been writing, directing, and editing films since his early teens. He and FRUITVALE STATION co-editor Claudia Castello previously worked with director Ryan Coogler on his student short film FIG, which won several awards and was broadcast on HBO. Since FRUITVALE, Michael has edited the coming-of-age indie WARREN, and is currently editing his third feature film, an untitled family drama produced by Electric City Entertainment. He earned his MFA in Film and Television Production at the University of Southern California in December 2012.

LUDWIG GORANSSON (Composer, USC Alumnus)

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.


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 #4, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend 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: Sabrina Warren