October 17, 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] and 20th Century Fox invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Die Hard (1988) - 25th Anniversary Screening!

Directed by John McTiernan
Screenplay by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza
Produced by Lawrence Gordon and Joel Silver

Prior to the film, there will be a 30-minute Q&A with Gail Sistrunk McTiernan and Eric Lichtenfeld
7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 17th, 2013
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

This screening is generously supported by SCA Alumnus Charles Hood, in solidarity with director John McTiernan, currently incarcerated in Yankton, South Dakota.

About Die Hard

It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe. In truth, Gruber and his henchmen are only pretending to be politically motivated to throw the authorities off track; also in truth, Gruber has no intention of allowing anyone to get out of the building alive. Meanwhile, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) has come to L.A. to visit his estranged wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), who happens to be one of the hostages. Disregarding the orders of the authorities surrounding the building, McClane, who fears nothing (except heights), takes on the villains, armed with one handgun and plenty of chutzpah.

35mm print provided courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Rated R. Running time: 131 minutes.


A Letter from Gail Sistrunk McTiernan

Seven years ago John McTiernan had the misfortune of being snared into a government investigation in Los Angeles. The government hoped that John had information on someone they were investigating and used their powers to try to force him to remember things that didn't happen. He refused to lie about the government's target. Ironically, the government charged him with lying to a federal officer (whom he had never met and who had called on the home phone one night) and he still refused to lie about another man. After a very expensive, exhaustive legal battle that kept him from working, he is incarcerated in Yankton, South Dakota... until February 2014 unless his appeal is successful and they release him sooner.

-- Gail Sistrunk McTiernan

To learn more about the imprisonment of John McTiernan, click here:

About the Guests

GAIL SISTRUNK MCTIERNAN, a native of New Orleans, is the former Vice President and Executive Director of Project Save Justice, an organization dedicated to educating the public about the U.S. Department of Justice. Projects in recent years include research into prosecutorial misconduct and overreach with a focus on political prosecutions of elected officials, their families and fundraisers. Sistrunk McTiernan is a former college president who reopened one of the first campuses devastated by Hurricane Katrina. She holds degrees from Southeastern Louisiana and Loyola Universities.

ERIC LICHTENFELD has written about film, interviewed filmmakers, and moderated panel discussions for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Cinematheque, Slate, The Hollywood Reporter, and others. He has taught film to students at Loyola Marymount University, UCLA, Wesleyan University, and the Harvard School of Law. In addition, he is the author of Action Speaks Louder: Violence, Spectacle and the American Action Movie, and a writer who specializes in marketing and fundraising.

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

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu