April 19, 2011, 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], the USC Office of Religious Life, the USC Student Interfaith Council and Project Happiness Productions invite you and a guest to a special advance screening of

Project Happiness

Directed and Produced by John Sorenson, Executive Produced by Randy Taran and Andrew Walworth

Followed by a Q&A with Randy Taran and members of the USC Student Interfaith Council, moderated by Varun Soni, USC Dean of Religious Life

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 19th

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


USC's Student Interfaith Council will host His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet for his first visit to USC, scheduled for May 3, 2011. The event is co-hosted by the Dalai Lama Foundation and the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values.

To learn more about the event, visit:

About Project Happiness

Happiness – I want more! From the alleys of Nigeria and the beaches of California to the mountains of India, ordinary young people lead us on an extraordinary journey to explore the nature of lasting happiness and end up starting a movement.

The film focuses on four teens from Santa Cruz, California. Each faces personal obstacles to happiness: loss, alienation and the everyday challenges of being a teenager passing into adulthood. Project Happiness introduces them to their peers in Nigeria and India and quickly leaves lectures and books behind. In addition to connecting with each other, the teens engage in conversations with cultural icons George Lucas, Richard Gere and groundbreaking neuroscientist Richard Davidson. At the end of their year together, the three groups converge in Dharamsala, India for a rare private interview with the Dalai Lama—an event that rocks their expectations, brings more questions than answers and marks a new chapter in their lives.

Provided courtesy of Project Happiness Productions. Not rated. Running time: 62 minutes.

To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here.


About Randy Taran, Executive Producer

Randy Taran is the founder of Project Happiness, a non-profit that empowers youth to create greater happiness in their lives and in the world. She is the co-author of the Project Happiness Handbook, which makes the best of positive psychology, emotional intelligence and global literacy accessible to students in six countries.

Randy is also the creator and producer of the Project Happiness Documentary and the founder of Spring Communications which develops and produces youth-oriented television and film programming. She has developed several peace-relatd projects in collaboration with other groups, including The Dalai Lama Foundation and Roots & Shoots. Recent projects include Peace Wall, the interactive art piece that has traveled with the Missing Peace Exhibition and she produced the film series Focused on Peace.

Randy lives in Northern California with her husband, 3 children and 3 dogs. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and you can also follow her happiness on Twitter at or find her on Facebook at


About the USC Student Interfaith Council

USC has more student religious groups than any other university in the United States, and the Interfaith Council comprises of student leaders representing the diversity of faiths across campus. All USC students are invited to join the Interfaith Council, and to learn and share about their faith traditions from each other. The Interfaith Council sponsors interfaith events such as the Multi-Faith Celebration, Interfaith Memorial Service, and Interfaith Worship at Parent’s Weekend. It meets weekly on Tuesday at 6:00PM for a free dinner (starting Aug 31) at URC 106. Questions? Email, or Rev. Jim Burklo, Associate Dean of Religious Life:

Visit the USC Student Interfaith Council website:

About Varun Soni, USC Dean of Religious Life

Varun Soni is the dean of religious life at the University of Southern California (USC). He is also a University Fellow at USC Annenberg's Center on Public Diplomacy and a member of the State Bar of California, the American Academy of Religion, and the Association for College and University Religious Affairs. He serves on the advisory board for the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement, the Music Preservation Project, the Journal for Interreligious Dialogue, CrossCurrents, the Guibord Center, and the Parliament of the World's Religions. Prior to joining USC, he spent four years teaching in the Law and Society Program at UCSB. He also produced and hosted his own radio show on Pacifica (KPFK) showcasing music from South Asia and its diaspora. He holds degrees in religion from Tufts University, Harvard Divinity School, UCSB, and the University of Cape Town, as well as a law degree from UCLA School of Law.

Visit the USC Office of Religious Life website:

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. The weekly screenings will be on Wednesday and Sunday nights (and other select dates, as they arise) in the School of Cinematic Arts Complex, George Lucas Building.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the general public. Please bring a photo 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.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Phone: 213.740.2330