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December 11, 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 IFC Midnight invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Raze

 
Directed by Josh Waller
Written by Robert Beaucage
Produced by Josh Waller, Zoë Bell,
Kenny Gage, and Andy Pagana
 
Followed by a Q&A with Josh Waller, Zoë Bell, Tracie Thoms, Rebecca Marshall, & Bruce Thomas

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
 
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

FESTIVALS:
2013 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
2013 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2013 CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

About Raze

Awakening after being abducted, Jamie finds herself in a concrete bunker, and she discovers that she is not alone. She and Sabrina, a fellow abductee, both soon realize that they are in a modern day “coliseum” where, along with 48 other women, they are condemned to kill each other in order to protect their very own loved ones.

Provided courtesy of IFC Midnight. Not rated. Running time: 87 minutes.

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About the Guest

Josh Waller - Director/Producer

Raised on a working cattle ranch on the California coast, Josh (“Waller” to his friends) was simultaneously weaned on theatre, character-driven films, and chores. After a tour in the Marines, he made his way to New York City to study acting and begin developing his own material at the prestigious William Esper Studio before moving back to the West Coast to immerse himself within the heart of the industry in 2000.

In 2003, Waller wrote/produced/directed a short film titled “Confession,” realizing his true calling as a filmmaker at its completion. He left behind the world of acting and threw all of his focus and efforts into filmmaking. He would never look back.

Since “Confession”, Waller has directed more than 10 short films, including the award-winning “Escape” — which KTLA News called “a brilliant short comedy-drama” — “The Nail,” a romantic-comedy starring David Krumholtz, and “My Blues Run Red” a near-noir drama starring Chris Masterson and Kate Towne. And while in post-production on RAZE, Waller produced and directed the cop drama “McCanick,” a passion project he and writer Daniel Noah had been developing for years. Starring David Morse, Cory Montieth, Ciarán Hínds, Mike Vogel, Rachel Nichols, Trevor Morgan, Tracie Thoms, and Aaron Yoo, “McCanick” was finally completed with Ehud Bleiberg and Nick Donnermeyer of Bleiberg Entertainment (“The Iceman”).

In addition to his directing career, Waller teamed up with partners Daniel Noah and Elijah Wood in 2010 to form indie film company The Woodshed, dedicated to the production of “elevated,” story-driven genre films focused on rich character development and original concepts — with eight films on its initial slate already, bringing to the table trendsetting filmmakers and producers including “Paranormal Activity”’s Steven Schneider, “The Last Circus’” Alex De La Iglesia, “Los in La Mancha”’s Fulton & Pepe, “The Messenger”’s Lawrence Inglee, “Absentia”’s Mike Flanagan, “Predators”’ Nimrod Antal, “Primer”’s Shane Carruth, “SAW”’s Leigh Whannell, and E. Elias Merhige, of “Begotten” and “Shadow of the Vampire.”

Zoë Bell - Actress, "Sabrina"/Producer

A native of Waiheke Island in New Zealand who became a seasoned gymnast and martial artist on an international scale, action icon Zoë Bell began her career as the stunt double for Lucy Lawless in the cult sword-and-sorcery television show Xena: Warrior Princess. Shortly after the show was cancelled, Zoë made her way to Los Angeles and appeared in a documentary about stunt women called Double Dare. It was during this time that she was spotted by talent scouts for Quentin Tarantino and invited to audition to be Uma Thurman’s stunt double on Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Volume One and Two. Zoë earned the role handily.

After nearly a year shooting in California and China, where most days consisted of sword fights, body burns, karate, and all-out pugilism, Zoë emerged as one of the most sought after and respected young stunt women in Hollywood. This resulted in stunt work in such movies as Catwoman, Poseidon, and The Kingdom. During this time, unbeknown to Zoë, Quentin Tarantino clued in to her natural and instinctive acting talents and devised some of his own plans for her, casting her as herself in 2007’s grind house movie Death Proof. Naturally, she did her own stunts. Her performance was hailed by critics and fans alike, and Hollywood had a new leading lady — with the skills of one of the world’s greatest stunt performers.

While stunts are Zoë’s first love, her acting career has continued to flourish, with a cameo in Django Unchained and a role opposite Tom Cruise in the sci fi epic Oblivion. And since Death Proof, she has also appeared in television shows Lost and CSI: Miami, as well as the movies Bitch Slap, Whip It, The Baytown Outlaws, and Gamer, and the web series Angel of Death, in which she starred. And in addition to her many talents and achievements, Zoë has also become an accomplished producer, with Raze, her debut feature, premiering in the Midnight Section of the Tribeca Film Festival and opening later this year.

Tracie Thoms - Actress, "Teresa"

With wide-ranging success in film, television, theater, and even cabaret, Tracie Thoms is already a rising star among a new generation of talented and versatile American actors.

Tracie began studying acting in her hometown of Baltimore at age 9, going on to attend the prestigious Baltimore School for the Arts and earn degrees from Howard University and New York City’s renowned Juilliard School. After realizing a long-held dream when she starred as Joanne in the final weeks of the historic 12 year run of the Broadway musical, Rent, Tracie played the same key role in Sony’s film version of the play, opposite Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs and Jesse Martin, and even revisited the role one last time at the Hollywood Bowl in 2011, under the direction of Neil Patrick Harris.

Another Death Proof veteran, Tracie has recently performed opposite Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Christopher Nolan’s hit film, Looper. She was also featured opposite Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in Safe House, appeared opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Luke Wilson in Meeting Evil, and is equally at home in mainstream roles in films such as The Devil Wears Prada as well as in indie films including Sex and Breakfast, Chris Rock’s Good Hair and Peter and Vandy.

On Broadway, Tracie starred opposite Dulé Hill and Mekhi Phifer in Lydia Diamond and Alicia Keys’ Stick Fly, and opposite Alfre Woodard in Regina Taylor’s Drowning Crow. A lead in the critically acclaimed The Exonerated, at The Culture Project Off-Broadway, Tracie has also been featured in The 24 Hour Plays and The 24 Hour Musicals, as well as in original productions of 10 Things To Do Before I Die for New York’s Second Stage Theatre and And Her Hair Went With Her at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles.

And on the small screen, Tracie has been a series regular on the long-running CBS series Cold Case, after starring roles in the Fox series Wonderfalls and UPN’s As If and guest spots as CCH Pounder’s tortured daughter on FX’s The Shield. She also recurred on David Kelley’s CBS series Harry’s Law and on Fox’s Human Target. Most recently she was a guest star on Person of Interest, Suits, The Good Wife,  and Emily Owens, MD.

Rebecca Marshall - Actress, "Phoebe"

Rebecca Marshall was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and from a young age demonstrated a passion for the stage, tackling her first musical and dance performances at 10. By age 12, she was writing her own version of “The Wizard of Oz,” in which she played Dorothy. After a successful stint in print modeling, she enrolled in acting classes through Ryerson University and the Actors Studio. After starring in several music videos, Rebecca moved to Los Angeles and earned a guest-starring role opposite Peter Dinkledge on CBS’s Threshold as Emily Biggs/Candy Cane. Roles continued to come her way, landing Rebecca on the Emmy Award-winning series The West Wing, playing politico Carrie Marino. Rebecca has since been in episodes of CSI: Miami, Shark, Big Shots, Two And A Half Men, and played Mira in the sarcastic cult comedy Party Down. In addition to working with such actors as Jim Strugess, James Woods, Dylan McDermott, Ron Silver, James Caan, and Ashton Kutcher, Rebecca performed in Adam Sandler’s That’s My Boy and this year’s dialogue-driven indie Life Tracker, which she also produced through her production company Moxie Lady Productions.

Bruce Thomas - Actor, "Kurtz"

Most famous for playing the UPS Guy in the perky Legally Blonde, Bruce is most notably a character actor, as RAZE clearly illustrates. Kurtz is unmistakably mean, and loyal to his employer, chillingly absent of any layered, complex internal struggles. Contrast that with his other recent roles — playing the affable and virtuous father of the Trager family in ABC Family’s hit Kyle XY, and, more recently, luring Jenna Fisher away from her wandering hubby, Owen Wilson in the Farrelly Brother’s comedy Hall Pass.

A journeyman by trade, he has appeared in dozens of tv shows and films as well as stage productions in NY and LA. He lends his voice talents to multiple DC Comics movies, TV, and commercials as well as lead characters in hit video games like Halo 4 and Gears Of War.

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 Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

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