June 27, 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] invites you and a guest to a special screening of

Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown

Directed by Eric Murphy
Written by Salvatore Cardoni and Eric Murphy
Produced by Jeff Alberini, Eric Murphy, and Ed O'Neill

Followed by a Q&A with Eric Murphy

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



About Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown

Before Trump, Congressman Jim Traficant was the original bombastic populist, but with "son-of-a-truck driver" street cred. As a mob-busting sheriff in Youngstown, Ohio, his refusal to evict steelworkers from their homes made him a folk hero. He demolished organized crime, defended himself against the Justice Department in a RICO case...and even vanquished President Clinton.

In Congress, his thrift store suits and pompadour wig made him a court jester, while his profanity-laced anti-government tirades made him a hero to the disenfranchised. Traficant's "one-minute" speeches earned him a cult-following, with his signature line... “Beam Me Up, Mr. Speaker...!"

Funded through two successful Kickstarter campaigns, and featuring rich archival footage and extensive interviews with TV legend Ed O’Neill, Congressman Tim Ryan and Hall of Fame boxer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Eric Murphy’s documentary is "wild and funny" and a "stellar portrait" of the most unraveled politician in American history.

Provided courtesy of the filmmaker. Not rated. Running time: 88 minutes.

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About the Guest

ERIC MURPHY (Writer, Director, Producer)

Eric Murphy is a filmmaker and television writer/producer – including the award winning short film Steel Valley starring Ed O’Neill, and writing/producing credits for History, Travel Channel and CBS Sports. His previous editing work includes national commercial campaigns and short documentaries for Warner Bros., and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Murphy developed his fascination with politics during his tenure as Communications Director on Congressman Tim Ryan’s first campaign.

Born and raised in the “rustbelt” town of Warren, OH, Murphy grew up listening to local legends about mobsters and crooked politicians. A proud alumnus of Youngstown State University, Murphy earned a BS/BA in Film Marketing and holds a MFA from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Traficant is his debut feature documentary.

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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