June 9, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and Open Road Films invite you and a guest to a special sneak preview of


Written and Directed by Rick Famuyiwa
Produced by
Forest Whitaker
and Nina Yang Bongiovi

Followed by a Q&A with
SCA Alumnus Rick Famuyiwa and
USC Alumna Nina Yang Bongiovi
7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

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


Official Selection: 2015 Sundance Film Festival

In Theaters on Friday, June 19th, 2015

About Dope

A critical hit and audience favorite out of the Sundance Film Festival, in Dope, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

Provided courtesy of Open Road Films. Not yet rated. Running time: 103 minutes.

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About the Guest

RICK FAMUYIWA (Writer/Director/SCA Alumnus)

Rick Famuyiwa made his feature debut as writer/director on MTV Films/Paramount Pictures’ THE WOOD. The sleeper hit starring Taye Diggs, Omar Epps, and Richard T. Jones grew out of Famuyiwa’s original screenplay which was developed and workshopped at Sundance Film Institute’s Writers and Directors Lab. Next Famuyiwa directed and co-wrote the popular film, BROWN SUGAR (Fox Searchlight), starring Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Queen Latifah, and Mos Def. Then in 2007, Famuyiwa received an NAACP Image Award for his screenplay of the critically lauded film TALK TO ME (Focus Features) starring Don Cheadle. In 2010 he co-wrote and directed the Fox Searchlight feature OUR FAMILY WEDDING starring Forrest Whitaker, America Ferrera and Regina King. Most recently, he wrote and directed DOPE, for Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions. DOPE premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival winning the Special Jury Prize for Editing. Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori (GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL) and Kiersey Clemons star along with Zoë Kravitz, A$AP Rocky, Chanel Iman and Blake Anderson.

A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Famuyiwa double-majored in Cinema/Television Production and Critical Studies. During his senior year at USC, he wrote and directed a thesis film, BLACKTOP LINGO. The short brought him acclaim and industry attention, and was one of 29 films selected to screen at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, making Famuyiwa the first undergraduate from USC to have a film shown at the Festival.

Rick is currently working on his next feature film CONFIRMATION, HBO Films’ upcoming movie starring Kerry Washington. Susannah Grant wrote the script and is executive producing with Washington, Michael London and Janice Williams. ABC Signature Studios is producing with Groundswell Productions. Production is expected to begin this summer.


Nina Yang Bongiovi is a seasoned film professional with over 16 years of combined production, finance and management experience in the entertainment industry between Hollywood and Asia. Nina develops/creates business strategies and alliances covering feature films, television, documentaries and digital content with domestic & global strategic partners for Significant Productions based in Los Angeles, CA. Most recently, Nina and her Producing Partner, Forest Whitaker, returned to the Sundance Film Festival 2015 with two films, Dope, written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa, and Songs My Brothers Taught Me, written and directed by Chloé Zhao, in U.S. Dramatic Competition. Dope won the Special Grand Jury Award for Excellence in Editing and is being released by Open Road Films and Sony Pictures International. Incredibly, both Dope and Songs My Brothers Taught Me have also been selected to premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in Directors Fortnight. Nina and Forest also produced the critically acclaimed, Fruitvale Station, written and directed by Ryan Coogler, which won The Audience and The Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2013, Cannes Film Festival’s L’Avenir Award and was released theatrically by The Weinstein Co. Nina is fluent in Mandarin, Chinese and received her graduate degree in Entertainment Management from the University of Southern California.

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 Ave. We recommend 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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