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October 2, 2013, 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], DKA, Generosity Water, and Transcendental Media, in collaboration with the USC Institute for Global Health and the International Relations Undergraduate Association (IRUA), invite you and a guest to a special screening of

La Source

Directed by Patrick Shen
Written/Edited by Patrick Shen & Brandon Vedder
Produced by Jordan Wagner, Patrick Shen,
and Brandon Vedder
Followed by a Q&A with Patrick Shen,
Jordan Wagner, and Brandon Vedder
7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

About La Source

Narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Crash), in what The Washington Post calls an “artfully shot documentary,” La Source tells the uplifting story of Josue Lajeunesse, a Haitian Princeton janitor who returns to his country after the devastating 2010 earthquake to revive his lifelong dream to bring what is most fundamental to his village’s survival; clean water.

A hit at the 2012 AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival where it received a standing ovation and a nomination for the Social Impact Award, this film from award-winning Director Patrick Shen (Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality, The Philosopher Kings) is not just a movie about clean water and community transformation; it is a story of one unlikely hero, empowered by a vision, who did whatever it took to ignite the passion of people thousands of miles away to change the lives of those in La Source forever.

Provided courtesy of Transcendental Media. Not rated. Running time: 71 minutes. In English and Haitian Creole, with English subtitles.

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About the Guests

JORDAN WAGNER (CEO, Generosity Water)

Jordan is an entrepreneur, passionate about social justice. He started his first business at the age of 14 by launching an online wholesale store that sold everything from laser pointers to lighters. After high school he founded a real estate and mortgage firm that opened offices in Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif. and grew to 15 employees. However, after traveling throughout Africa in October of 2008, he was hit with the reality of extreme poverty. He learned that something as simple as water was killing more people than anything else in the world today. He decided to re-direct his passion and entrepreneurial spirit to commit to giving clean water to as many people as possible. Since becoming the Executive Director of Generosity Water in December 2008, he has lead the non-profit to funding over 380 water projects in 18 countries giving clean water to over 250,000 people. Jordan speaks internationally about the water crisis and is known for his humorous and inspirational storytelling.


Patrick Shen is the founder of Transcendental Media (TM), an independent production company that produces feature documentaries to “agitate the sleep of mankind.” Shen made his feature directorial debut in 2005 with the critically-acclaimed Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality which was hailed by critics as “being one of the most ambitious films ever made” (PBS 106.7 Australia) and “moving and thought-provoking” (NBC). Beautifully photographed in eight different countries and three years in the making, Flight from Death was awarded seven “Best Documentary”? awards at film festivals all over the United States. In 2009, Shen released The Philosopher Kings which premiered to sold-out audiences at the AFI-Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival, opened theatrically in Los Angeles in May 2010 and premiered on The Documentary Channel in September 2010. Hailed as being a “terrific documentary about janitors” by the SF Chronicle, the award-winning film interweaves the personal stories of eight janitors who work for some of the America’s top universities. Shen is currently developing some feature narrative projects as well as a reality TV show based on The Philosopher Kings.

BRANDON VEDDER (Cinematographer)

Brandon Vedder sharpened his teeth as a filmmaker while on the road shooting concert documentaries for bands like; Pearl Jam, Sleater Kinney, Wu Tang Clan, Dispatch, Jet and Lauryn Hill. He parlayed those experiences into directing music videos which have been featured in Stereogum, Filter, Pitchfork and The Los Angeles Times among others. His narrative tendencies have been expressed in a handful of short films that have gone on to play the American festival circuit. As a documentarian he has followed stories around the globe ranging from the thrill of following a 3 ring circus to the peril of South Africa’s recent outbreak of xenophobic violence.

About Generosity Water

GENEROSITY WATER is a 501c3 non-profit humanitarian organization, dedicated to ending the clean water crisis, one community at a time.

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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.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

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 6:30 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 $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

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