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September 22, 2013, 6:00 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007


The SCA Alumni Screening Series and Blue Field Productions invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District

Directed by James W. O'Keeffe
Produced by James W. O'Keeffe
and Dawn Carson O'Keeffe
Followed by a Q&A with James W. O'Keeffe, Dawn Carson O'Keeffe, and Mindy Pomper Johnson
6:00 P.M. on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

USC Faculty, Students and Alumni contributors to the Go Public Project include: Dan Birman, Beth Block, David Bowen, Megan Chow, Karen Covell, Stephen Derlugian, Dan Landin, Casey Larson, Jeff Lyngel, Bill Megalos, Josh Morton, Michael Newman, Angelo Pacifici, Jonathan Pasqual, Evan Pondel, Ben Proudfoot, Monica Salazar, and Morgan Tucker.

About Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District

GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District Trailer from Go Public on Vimeo.

Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District is a 90-minute video document of a single day in an urban public school district, from sun up to long after sundown.

On May 8, 2012, 50 directors and their small camera crews followed 50 individuals who attend, support and work in the Pasadena Unified School District, a racially and economically diverse district with 28 public school campuses. Administrators, teachers, students, support staff and volunteers lead us on journeys that reveal their unique contributions in making a public school district function. No voice-over narratives or expert commentaries, just an authentic window into the world of public education. Go Public is important because there is a national crisis of confidence surrounding public education. This film gives audiences a chance to actually see and hear the people living the public school experience.

Provided courtesy of Blue Field Productions. Not rated. Running time: 90 minutes.

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About the Producers

JAMES W. O'KEEFFE (Director/Co-Producer/SCA Professor)

James is a Director/Cinematographer and co-owner of Blue Field Productions with over 30 years of experience in theatrical, documentary, commercial, promotional and educational programs in both film and digital. He recently directed a 12 part narrative series set in 1st century Palestine and was the cinematographer on Brace for Impact: The Sully Sullenberger Story for TLC.

James’ projects have won numerous awards including an Emmy for the documentary No Greater Love. He also directed and his wife co-produced the award winning short film MAX, which won Best Short Film in five festivals and won an Emerging Cinematographer Award from the International Cinematographers Guild. James has taught Cinematography at the USC School of Cinematic Arts for over ten years. Examples of his work can be found at


Dawn started her career as a news producer at the ABC station in Santa Barbara, CA. She spent several years producing a weekly series and specials for Lifetime Television, filming throughout the US. As a freelance producer/writer her jobs included a stint in the NBC investigative unit producing stories for KNBC, “The Today Show,” and “Fight Back! with David Horowitz.” Dawn is co-owner of Blue Field Productions, working as a producer/writer and production accountant. She is the mother of four children, all of whom have attended public school in Pasadena. She is on the board of the Pasadena Educational Foundation and is a founding member of Invest in PUSD Kids. Dawn received her BA in English Literature and Business/Economics from Westmont College and has additional training in production from Stanford University.

MINDY POMPER JOHNSON (Filmmaker/Contributor to Go Public)

Mindy Pomper Johnson is a producer/director with over 15 years experience in documentaries. A Native New Yorker, she graduated from Queens College, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film. She got started working as a production coordinator on feature films and movies of the week, and made her entrance into documentaries by independently producing “Free A Man to Fight: Women Solders of World War II.” Filmed over the course of 6 years, financed with donations of time and money, as well as grants from Women in Film and the Roy Dean Grant, it won many awards at film festivals, and was the premier documentary at the groundbreaking ceremonies of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Washington DC. It aired on the History Channel as a special for Women’s History Month for four years. After that, she went on to produce documentaries for the History Channel, Discovery, the Food Network and Discovery. She has traveled around the world to film documentaries, such as “Worse Than War,” a PBS special about genocide, She has also taught classes in documentary filmmaking at UCLA. Her most recent credits include the series  “The Universe” and “Life After People” on The History Channel, and “Game Changers” for Bloomberg Television. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, and founded the organization Association of Women in Entertainment. She has a personal interest in public education, as her son attended Sierra Madre Elementary School, where she has been active in their Annual Fund Campaign as well as the PTA.

She graduated from the University of Southern California with a MAT in Teaching, and has a Multiple Subject Credential.


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 the Fall 2013 semester. 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. Many screenings will be overbooked to ensure that capacity is met in the theater. Some screenings will be run from digital sources.

To view the calendar for the SCA Alumni Screening Series, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid 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 $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