July 23, 2017, 5:00 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], the USC African American Cinema Society (AACS), and Fox Searchlight Pictures, invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of


Directed by Amanda Lipitz
Produced by Amanda Lipitz and Steven Cantor

Followed by a Q&A with SCA Alumnus Steven Cantor
Moderated by SCA Vice Dean, Dr. Michael Renov

5:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

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


Official Selection: 2017 Sundance Film Festival

In Select Theaters on Friday, August 4th, 2017

About Step

Step is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step team set against the background of the heart of Baltimore. These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive – on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college.

This all female school is reshaping the futures of its students’ lives by making it their goal to have every member of their senior class accepted to and graduate from college, many of whom will be the first in their family to do so. Deeply insightful and emotionally inspiring, Step embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for.

Provided courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. Rated PG. Running time: 83 minutes.

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About the Guest

STEVEN CANTOR (Producer, SCA Alumnus)

Steven Cantor is the founder of New York City based Stick Figure Productions. Steven received an Academy Award nomination for his first documentary, Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann, about the notorious photographer. He received two Emmy nominations for the HBO/BBC co-production of What Remains, which revisited Sally Mann to follow the creation of her follow-up body of work on the nature of decay.

Last year Steven won two Emmy Awards, one for directing the film Clyde’s New York about basketball legend, Walt Frazier and one for his series, The Mask: With Henrik Lundqvist. Steven also won an Emmy award for his PBS American Masters film Willie Nelson: Still is Still Moving. Last year, Steven was nominated for an Emmy for producing and directing the ESPN film Cutthroat, about injured NHL goalie, Clint Malarchuk. Steven produced and directed the Sundance film loudQUIETloud, about the reunion of the rock band, Pixies, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and won numerous awards on the festival circuit. It was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the ten best rock documentaries of all-time.

Steven directed the acclaimed HBO film, No One Dies in Lily Dale, about a town of psychic mediums in upstate New York as well as last year’s award winning ESPN 30-for-30 film, Chasing Tyson, which has garnered over 1.5 million views on Netflix. Steven's animated ESPN short series, Story Time with Ozzie Guillen, was released last fall. In addition, he has produced numerous other films and TV series under his Stick Figure banner.

About the African American Cinema Society (AACS)

The mission of the African American Cinema Society is to highlight and promote art and artists who are invested in showcasing complex and sophisticated representations of blackness and the black diaspora.

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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 4:30 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