June 20, 2017, 7:00 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], Mass Appeal, and Showtime Documentary Films, invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Burn Motherfucker, Burn!

Directed by Sacha Jenkins
Produced by Vanessa Maruskin and Erikka Yancy
Executive Produced by Vinnie Malhotra and Misha Louy

Followed by a Q&A with Sacha Jenkins

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


About Burn Motherfucker, Burn!

On April 29, 1992, Los Angeles exploded when four police officers were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King. But a fire beneath the feet of Black Angelenos had been melting flesh for years. BURN! chronicles the root causes of Black disenfranchisement in L.A. while also examining the role law enforcement has played throughout.

Provided courtesy of Mass Appeal and Showtime Documentary Films. Rated TVMA. Running time: 99 minutes.

Visit the Official Website: https://www.burnmotherfuckerburn.com/
Visit the Showtime Website: http://www.sho.com/titles/3445958/burn-motherf-cker-burn


Director's Statement

As an African American/Haitian American male who came of age during Crack-era New York City, I’ve had some interesting experiences with law enforcement. The “enforcement” idea completely erased the notion of, you know, “to serve and protect” and all that jazz. There was a war going on outside my bedroom window.

Being stopped at random was commonplace. And those interactions way back have had a lasting effect on me. Especially since, because of technology, we see police assaults on African Americans daily.

The video that captured the brutal beating of Rodney King was the shot heard ‘round the world. Twenty-five years later, this scribe is still shell shocked. I wanted to make a film that would get people who don’t look like me closer to what it is I feel – how we black people feel – when there is seemingly an invisible noose tied squarely around our necks; a noose that can be yanked at any moment by a so-called fellow American.

-- Sacha Jenkins

About the Guests


Sacha Jenkins, a native New Yorker, came of age in the throes of the cultural phenomenon of hip-hop. In his teens, Jenkins published his first magazine—Graphic Scenes & X-Plicit Language (a ‘zine about the graffiti subculture). By age 20, Jenkins would co-found Beat Down, the first-ever hip hop newspaper. Jenkins went on to spend several years at Vibe magazine, serving as both staff writer and music editor; there he would pen seminal articles on artists like Sean “Puffy” Combs, Juvenile and Bone Thugz N Harmony.

In 1994, Jenkins would co-found music journal ego trip. ego trip would go on to produce two books—ego trip’s Book of Rap Lists (St. Martin’s Press) and ego trip’s Big Book of Racism (Reagan Books). In 2000, Jenkins was awarded a fellowship to the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University (The National Arts Journalism Program). It was Jenkins’ rich knowledge of the history of New York subway graffiti that would deliver him to the Ivy League.

Jenkins has built his strong reputation as a creative working as a television producer, via shows like Cartoon Network’s The Boondocks (creative consultant) Vh1’s The White Rapper Show (executive producer) and Miss Rap Supreme. In 2015 Jenkins’ first feature-length documentary, Fresh Dressed (which tells the tale of hip hop fashion), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. Jenkins’ next film, Burn Motherfucker, Burn! –  about the so-called Los Angeles riots of 1992 and the generations of African Americans who have been abused by LAPD and its historically corrupt system of policing – debuted on Showtime in April of 2017.

Jenkins is a husband and dad. He plays guitar and likes long walks on the beach.

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.

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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 $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend 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