September 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 Bleecker Street Media invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Pawn Sacrifice

Directed by Ed Zwick
Screenplay by Steven Knight
Produced by Gail Katz, Tobey Maguire,
and Ed Zwick
Followed by a Q&A with SCA Professor Gail Katz
7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

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


In Theaters on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

About Pawn Sacrifice

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Fischer's terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.

Provided courtesy of Bleecker Street Media. Rated PG-13. Running time: 116 minutes.

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About the Guest

GAIL KATZ (Producer/SCA Professor)

Gail Katz has produced feature films that have grossed $1.3 billion in box office receipts. As Producer: The Perfect Storm, starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane and John C. Reilly, Air Force
, starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Glenn Close, Outbreak, starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene
Russo, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey and Cuba Gooding,Jr., and Bicentennial Man, starring Robin Williams. As Executive Producer: In the Line of Fire, starring Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich and Rene Russo, Instinct, starring Anthony Hopkins and Cuba Gooding, Mighty Joe Young starring Bill Paxton and Charlize Theron, and Red Corner, starring Richard Gere and Bai Ling. As Co-Producer: Shattered, starring Tom Berenger, Bob Hoskins and Greta Scacchi. Her films have received 9 Academy Award nominations.

Gail produced the upcoming Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stulbarg and directed by Ed Zwick. The thrilling Cold War drama about the 1972 Bobby Fischer/Boris Spassky championship chess match premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2014 and will be released in September 2015 domestically by Bleecker Street Media, while Lionsgate sold the international rights.

Among other properties, Gail is developing the international board game sensation, The Settlers of Catan.

In television, Gail was Executive Producer of the ABC series Cashmere Mafia, starring Lucy Liu, about 4 successful friends who met in business school, based upon her own experiences. Gail was also Executive Producer of the CBS series, The Agency. The one-hour CIA drama ran for two seasons and starred Beau Bridges, Jason O’Mara, and Will Patton.

Gail also produced the play, Lessons, which starred Mare Winningham and Hal Linden and ran to sold-outhouses in Los Angeles.

Gail began her career in the film business with studio executive positions in finance and home video. She began her production career as a Vice President of Production at New World Pictures after she segued from her position there as Vice President of Finance. She left the company and formed Radiant Productions, a long and successful partnership with director Wolfgang Petersen. She now heads up her own company, Gail Katz Productions.

Gail is also Adjunct Professor of Production in the graduate program of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and has lectured at Yale University, the UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television, Art Center College of Design, University of California at Santa Cruz, and Berklee College of Music.

Gail received an MBA from the Yale School of Management, and BA in Economics and Political Science
from the University of California at Berkeley.

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 $12.00 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

Name: Alessandro Ago