August 14, 2017, 7:30 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 SCA Alumni Screening Series and ESPN Films invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Baltimore Boys

Directed by Sheldon Candis and Marquis Daisy

Followed by a Q&A with SCA Alumni Sheldon Candis
and Producer Justin Wilson

7:30 P.M. on Monday, August 14th, 2017
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Read the Baltimore Sun review of Baltimore Boys by David Zurawik at:

Baltimore Boys premieres August 8th at 8pm on ESPN and will air on ABC Sunday, August 13th, at 2pm.

About Baltimore Boys

In the early 1980s, the city of Baltimore was reeling – a shell of a once vibrant urban center that could trace its painful decline to the riots of 1968, the economic decline of the ‘70s, and more recently, the rise of crack cocaine on the streets. But in the city’s troubled East Baltimore neighborhood, there was one beacon of hope: The Dunbar High School boys basketball team. Under the resolute leadership of Bob Wade – a defensive back for NFL legends Vince Lombardi and Don Shula – the Dunbar Poets entered the decade as a powerhouse.

But from 1981 to 1983, they became something even greater – arguably the best high school basketball team that ever played. Over two seasons, they went 59-0, and 11 players on their rosters went off to Division I programs. Four would become future NBA players: David Wingate, Reggie Williams, Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues and Reggie Lewis, three of them making history by getting selected together in the first round of the 1987 draft.

In the ESPN Films documentary Baltimore Boys, directors Marquis Daisy and Sheldon Candis chronicle the journey of those four boys and their coach, who reached heights that they couldn’t have imagined, even if their saga was capped by a tragedy that made some wonder how far they ever really got away.

Provided courtesy of ESPN Films. Running time: 77 minutes.

About the Guests

SHELDON CANDIS (Director, SCA Alumnus)

Baltimore native Sheldon Candis is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Candis recently created and directed the docu-narrative series ‘I WILL WHAT I WANT’, a cinematic portrait of ballet phenom Misty Copeland for Under Armour.

He also just wrapped directing 2 episodes of BET’s John Singleton series REBEL, starring the talents of Giancarlo Esposito, Mykelti Williamson, and newcomer Danielle Truitt.

Candis’ feature directorial debut LUV (which he also co-wrote) was an official selection in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Competition. He assembled an incredible cast including Common, Charles S. Dutton, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Meagan Good, Michael K. Williams and a wonderful 11 year old breakout talent named Michael Rainey Jr. Indomina released the film theatrically in 2013.

For his first foray into television, Candis developed the ABC event series A SLAVE IN THE WHITE HOUSE, adapted from Elizabeth Dowling Taylor’s New York Times best selling book based on the true story of personal valet Paul Jennings and his unique relationship with President James Madison. Jennings would write the first White House memoir along with historically saving George Washington’s portrait during the War of 1812. Jennings would become a ‘subversive abolitionist’, helping slaves acquire freedom twenty years before the establishment of the Underground Railroad.

Candis also penned and is set to direct THROW LIKE MO! for Walt Disney Studios, an upbeat music driven bio-pic on baseball wonder girl Mo’ne Davis who historically broke the gender barrier and dominated the all boys Little League World Series.

Candis teamed with Rocnation and Dreamville Grammy nominated artist J. Cole for the short film CROOKED SMILE. The film is a call to action, challenging America's current war on drugs and is a dedication to the life of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a 7 year old tragically killed during a police raid in Detroit, Michigan. Crooked Smile was nominated for the MTV Video Music Award for ‘Best Video With A Social Statement’.

In documentary, Candis’ film THE DWELLING, chronicling the lives of two homeless men living along Tokyo's Sumida Gawa, was distributed by Scion and Giant Robot magazine.

Candis also directed and produced the feature length documentary BALTIMORE BOYS for the prestigious ESPN 30 for 30 original films. The inspiring story of the greatest high school basketball team ever; the 1981’-83’ Dunbar Poets that achieved a 59-0 record over two undefeated seasons and produced four NBA players in David Wingate, Reggie Williams, Boston Celtic great Reggie Lewis, and a 5’3” tiny dynamo named Tyrone ‘Muggsy’ Bogues.

Additionally, Candis directed WHO WILL SURVIVE AMERICA for the Sundance Now Doc Club original series Take 5: Justice in America. The short documentary chronicles America's love affair and easy accessibility to guns.

Candis’ first foray into Virtual Reality Documentary filmmaking comes with the BUS TO CANTON, the underdog story of Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame Running Back Jerome ‘The Bus’ Bettis. The film is the first long form sports documentary captured in VR. Produced by Guy Primus and Joel Newton for VRC.

JUSTIN WILSON (Producer, SCA Alumnus, SCA Senior Director of Alumni Relations)

Virginia native Justin Wilson is an award-winning writer with a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Wilson and writing partner Sheldon Candis have written and developed numerous feature film and television projects. Their first produced feature LUV (Candis also directed) was accepted into dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival, and garnered them a Humanitas Prize nomination for Best Sundance Feature Film Script.

Wilson and Candis’ latest project is the ESPN original documentary film Baltimore Boys, which Wilson produced and Candis directed. The film chronicles the efforts of Coach Bob Wade to assemble the greatest high school basketball team of all time: the 1981-83 Dunbar Poets, which included four future NBA stars in “Muggsy” Bogues, Reggie Lewis, Reggie Williams, and David Wingate.

Other Candis/Wilson writing projects in development include the sports drama Throw Like Mo, based on the life of Little League World Series sensation Moné Davis; and the limited series A Slave in the White House, based on the New York Times bestselling book that tells the epic true story of Paul Jennings, a slave who served President James Madison and his family for almost fifty years while at the same time working as a subversive activist.

Wilson also works as the Senior Director for Alumni Relations at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

About the SCA Alumni Screening Series

The School of Cinematic Arts invites you to an exciting free screening series featuring a dynamic selection of new feature films by SCA alumni and faculty throughout 2017. All screenings and events will be free of charge and open to the public, although we do ask for an electronic reservation for each screening, which can be made through the website for each individual screening.

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 7:00 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.

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