September 26, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

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

Outside the Box [Office], Motto Pictures, and Naked Edge Films, invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four


Directed by Deborah S. Esquenazi
Produced by Deborah S. Esquenazi and Sam Tabet

Followed by a Q&A with Deborah S. Esquenazi

7:00 P.M. on Monday, September 26th, 2016

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




Winner: Grand Jury Prize - Best Documentary, Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival; Grand Jury Prize - Best Documentary, Outfest 2016.

Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival 2016; HotDocs International Documentary Film Festival 2016; AFI Docs 2016.

Opens  at Laemmle's Music Hall in Beverly Hills on Friday, September 30th, 2016.

About Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

The award-winning, acclaimed documentary, Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, chronicles the nightmarish persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez - four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls in San Antonio, Texas over 20 years ago during the “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s-1990s. Despite flawed medical evidence and convictions based solely on the testimony of two young children, the women always maintained their innocence—and have waged an ongoing fight for exoneration.

Southwest of Salem begins its journey inside a Texas prison, over a decade after Ramirez, Rivera, Mayhugh and Vasquez were put behind bars. Documentarian Deborah S. Esquenazi weaves together emotional interviews with the women (labeled the San Antonio Four) and their families with actual news footage and home videos, equally showcasing the injustice of the situation and the families that were torn apart as a result. Unique to the San Antonio Four case, none of the four women ever took a plea bargain or even considered it, despite serving their time in separate prisons. While the state offered deferred adjudication, requiring no time in prison but probation for ten years, the women turned down the offer, maintaining their innocence and faith in truth and justice.

Provided courtesy of Motto Pictures and Naked Edge Films. Not rated. Running time: 91 minutes.

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About the Guest

DEBORAH S. ESQUENAZI (Director/Producer)

Deborah S. Esquenazi is an Austin-based documentary filmmaker + radio producer, curator, and journalist. Her work explores the intersections of mythology & justice, identity & power. She is a: Sundance Creative Producing Lab Fellow, 2015; Firelight Media Producers' Lab Fellow, 2015; IFP Spotlight on Docs, 2015; Artist on two Artplace America commissions, 2015; Sundance Documentary Film Fellow, 2014. She has received funding from Humanities Texas, Sundance Institute in association with JustFilms Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Astraea Global Arts Fund, Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, Austin Film Society, and many others. Her debut feature, Southwest of Salem, received international attention for its initial investigation into the high-profile ‘San Antonio Four’ case and has been written about in Forbes Magazine, The NY Times, The Texas Observer, The Marshall Project, and many other publications.

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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 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