April 27, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

The Ron Howard Screening Room, RZC 111, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and Notre Dame University (Lebanon) invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Void (Waynon)


Written and Supervised by Georges Khabbaz

Directed by Naji Bechara, Jad Beiruty, Zeina Makki, Tarek Korkomaz, Christelle Ighniades, Maria Abdel Karim, and Salim Haber

Produced by Sam Lahoud and Nicolas Khabbaz
Followed by a Q&A with Sam Lahoud
7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

The Ron Howard Screening Room, RZC 111
@ Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts
3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



Produced by Notre Dame University - Lebanon 2013

Lebanon's Oscar Entry: Best Foreign Language Film

About Void (Waynon)

Void is a character driven film composed of seven chapters, about six Lebanese women representing three generations, each one still waiting for the man in her life who was kidnapped during the Lebanese Civil War and is still missing. Their hidden emotional wounds are opened once again, one day prior to a protest in Beirut to keep their cause alive.

Provided courtesy of Notre Dame University (Lebanon). Not rated. Running time: 78 minutes. In Arabic, with English subtitles.

Visit the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Waynon.Movie/?fref=ts

About the Guest

SAM LAHOUD (Producer)

Sam Lahoud is a scriptwriter, a director, a producer and a script consultant. He has written, directed and produced theater plays, short films, Documentaries and PSA’s. His first independent feature film “Waynon” (Void) was selected by the Lebanese Ministry of Culture to represent Lebanon at the Academy Awards 2016 (Oscars) to run for Best Foreign Language Film, after receiving 8 awards in international film festivals in Dublin, Egypt, Sweden, Morocco, Australia, Los Angeles, New York and Nigeria; And 5 national awards among which the “Murex D’Or” for the Best Lebanese Feature Film for 2014. Sam is currently working on producing his second feature film project, a co-production between Lebanon, Germany and Ireland, among other film projects.

He is currently the Director of Communication Strategy at Notre Dame University – Louaize (NDU), where he served as chairperson of the Department of Media Studies from 2012 till 2014 and founded and headed the Division of Audio Visual Arts from 2006 until 2012. He is also member of the National Film Committee at the Lebanese Ministry of Culture.

Sam is the Founding Director of the NDU International Film Festival since 2007, winner of the 2015 Social Economic Award for Youth Empowerment. A founding member of the Emile Chahine Foundation for Cinema Culture, and of Film Festivals Cinergy; Board Member at the Silk Road Film Festival - Dublin, Ireland, and at Asian World Film Festival - Los Angeles, USA; previous board member at Monaco Charity Film Festival – Monaco from 2008 till 2012; serves as jury member in various local and international film festivals.

He holds a MA in Media Studies - Electronic Journalism and Public Relations from NDU, a MA in Scriptwriting from Universite? Saint Joseph (IESAV) and a BA in Communication Arts, Radio, Television and Film from NDU.

Mr. Lahoud has organized, participated and presented workshops and seminars on Lebanese cinema, directing actors, scriptwriting and sacred drama. Since 1996 he taught music, photography, and arts education. He currently teaches courses in scriptwriting, directing actors, directing techniques, and media laws and ethics.

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 Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts is located at 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007, directly across from the Shrine Auditorium. The Ron Howard Screening Room, RZC 111, is located in the lobby of the Robert Zemeckis Center. Parking is not available in the Lot Z at the Robert Zemeckis Center, but parking passes may be purchased across the street in the parking structure adjacent to the Shrine.

PLEASE NOTE: If you park in LOT Z without a VALID USC Parking Permit for that lot, you will likely receive a parking ticket.

Contact Information

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