Movies We Love and AACS Present: LOVE & BASKETBALL (2000)

October 29, 2017, 6:00 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

The USC African American Cinema Society (AACS) and Movies We Love invite you and a guest to attend a special retrospective screening of

Love & Basketball (2000)

Written and Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
Produced by Sam Kitt and Spike Lee

Followed by a Q&A with Gina Prince-Bythewood and Sanaa Lathan

6:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 29th, 2017

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



About Love & Basketball (2000)

From the playground to the pro leagues, Monica and Quincy taught each other how to play the game. Now, their commitment to the sport will force them to make a choice between each other and the game...between family and team...between love and basketball.

In 1981 Los Angeles, Monica moves in next door to Quincy. They're 11, and both want to play in the NBA, just like Quincy's dad. Their love-hate relationship lasts into high school, with Monica's edge and Quincy's top-dog attitude separating them, except when Quincy's parents argue and he climbs through Monica's window to sleep on the floor.

As high school ends, they come together as a couple, but within a year, with both of them playing ball at USC, Quincy's relationship with his father takes an ugly turn, and it leads to a break up with Monica. Some years later, their pro careers at a crossroads, they meet again. It's time for a final game of one-on-one with high stakes.

Love & Basketball stars Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Dennis Haysbert and Alfre Woodard.

Provided courtesy of Warner Bros. Rated PG-13. Running time: 124 minutes.

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About the Guests


Gina Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed the widely-acclaimed feature film Love & Basketball, which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. Prince-Bythewood won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and a Humanitas Prize for her work on the film. She followed that success with the HBO film “Disappearing Acts.”  

In 2008, she wrote and directed the celebrated adaptation of the best-selling novel, The Secret Life of Bees. The all-star cast included Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Paul Bettany, Jennifer Hudson, Sophie Okonedo and Alicia Keys. The film won two People’s Choice Awards and two NAACP Image Awards.
Her third feature, Beyond the Lights, came in 2014 and garnered an Oscar nomination for best song. The love story set in the music world stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver and Danny Glover. It received rave reviews and landed on a number of top critics Best of 2014 lists including the NY Times, Washington Post and Vulture.

Her next film up is Silver and Black, a Marvel/Sony film in the Spiderman Universe featuring Silver Sable and Black Cat that she will rewrite and direct. It will debut in the fall of 2018.

She will follow that adventure with the film adaptation of An Untamed State for Fox Searchlight, which she will co-write with celebrated author Roxane Gay, and direct.

Prince-Bythewood studied at UCLA Film School, where she received the Gene Reynolds Scholarship for Directing and the Ray Stark Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Undergraduate. Upon her graduation, she was hired as a writer on the television series “A Different World.” She continued to write and produce for network television on series such as “Felicity,” “South Central,” and “Sweet Justice” before making the transition to directing.
Her television directorial debut was the CBS Schoolbreak Special “What About Your Friends,” which won Prince-Bythewood an NACCP Image Award for Best Children’s Special and two Emmy nominations for writing and directing. She also won a Community Service Emmy for her work with the Rap-it-Up campaign.
Prince-Bythewood, along with her husband Reggie Rock Bythewood, created and produced Shots Fired, a ten hour special event series for Fox, which premiered on March 22. Its incredible ensemble includes Sanna Lathan, Stephan James, Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss, Mack Wilds, Stephen Moyer, Aisha Hinds, Will Patton and DeWanda Wise. TIME magazine praised, “An achievement…a testament to how ambitious even broadcast television has become.”

She followed that by directing the pilot for the new Marvel series Cloak and Dagger, starring Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph which will debut in 2018.

She is proud to fund a scholarship for African American students in UCLA’s film program. She resides in Southern California with her husband Reggie and their amazing sons, Cassius and Toussaint.

SANAA LATHAN (Actress, "Monica Wright")

Tony-Award nominated actress Sanaa Lathan delivers a striking presence and undeniable energy to each project she takes on and continues to build on an already impressive career.

Lathan can currently be seen as CIA Deputy Director ‘Irene Kennedy’ in the action thriller “American Assassin” alongside Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton, based on the international bestselling series of novels by Vince Flynn. Lathan is also currently filming the starring role of  ‘Violet Jones’ the Netflix original film “Nappily Ever After,” an adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name.

On the small screen, she recently starred in FOX’s limited event series “Shots Fired,” which premiered on March 22, 2017. Created by ‘Love & Basketball’ filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood and produced by Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, the series also stars Helen Hunt, Stephen Moyer, and Richard Dreyfuss.  ‘Shots Fired’ examines the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small town in Tennessee. Lathan plays an expert investigator who digs into the case, alongside a special prosecutor sent to the town by the Department of Justice. The pair must navigate the media attention, public debate and the social unrest that comes with such volatile cases, as they seek justice before the divided town erupts.

Last summer, Lathan was seen starring in “Now You See Me Too”, released June 10, 2016, in which she plays a police captain paired with Mark Ruffalo in Jon Chu’s sequel to the Lionsgate hit film about four world renowned illusionists accused of pulling off bank heists during their performances.  

She also starred in the Sony thriller, ‘The Perfect Guy,’ which finished first at the box office during its opening weekend. Entertainment Weekly wrote in its review, “Lathan wavers deftly between strength and victimhood” while Variety commented, “Sanaa Lathan is as tough as she is fetching.”
Lathan’s other credits include the smash hit, 'The Best Man Holiday' with Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut.  The wildly popular sequel has grossed more than $71 million dollars at the box office.  She is signed on for the third film, 'The Best Man Wedding'.  Lathan starred in the title role in the play 'By The Way, Meet Vera Stark' at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, a role she originated at the Second Stage Theatre in New York.  She received the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress for her leading role in the play.  Prior to that, Lathan starred as Maggie the Cat in the West End (London) in the critically acclaimed and Olivier Award-winning revival of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'.  Film credits include Warner Brothers’ feature film, 'Contagion', opposite Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard and Lawrence Fishburne; directed by Steven Soderbergh, Focus Features’ 'Something New', with Simon Baker, Tyler Perry’s, 'The Family that Preys', alongside Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard, 'A Wonderful World' opposite Matthew Broderick, Fox Searchlight’s romantic comedy 'Brown Sugar', alongside Taye Diggs, Queen Latifah and Mos Def, Gina Prince-Blythewood’s romantic drama 'Love and Basketball' with Omar Epps, the romantic comedy, 'The Best Man', one of the top ten highest grossing African American films in history, 'Alien vs. Predator', a box office success for director Paul W.S. Anderson and the thriller 'Out of Time', with Denzel Washington. Lathan received an NAACP Image Award nomination for her role on the FX Network series, 'Nip/Tuck'.  Lathan reprised her role as Beneatha Younger in the highly rated and critically acclaimed ABC Network production of 'A Raisin in the Sun' alongside Sean Combs, a role she performed on Broadway and received a Tony Award nomination for ‘Best Performance by a Featured Actress'.

About the African American Cinema Society (AACS)

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About Movies We Love -- A message from Timothy Dowling, USC Alum, Screenwriter, and SCA Representative on the USC Board of Governors

One of the my favorite things about going to USC was in film classes occasionally you’d see a movie that you’d never seen before or one you’d never seen on the big screen and then it would become one of your favorite movies for the rest of your life.

One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles is that occasionally we get to see great movies up on the big screen and occasionally have those that made the films come and speak. This is something really unique to our city and doesn’t really happen anywhere else in the world.

So when the Cinema School asked me to represent them on the Alumni Board of Governors, the first thing I wanted to do was start a program at the school where we show great movies that we love and get people that worked on them to come to campus and speak about them.

It’s called MOVIES WE LOVE. And the hope is to just show you movies that we love that maybe you love also or have never seen or never seen on the big screen.

Hope to see you there. And FIGHT ON,

Timothy Dowling

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 5:30 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