November 28, 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] and Beacon Street Films invite you and a guest to a special preview of

Best and Most Beautiful Things

Directed by Garrett Zevgetis
Produced by Ariana Garfinkel, Jeff Consiglio,
Garrett Zevgetis, and Jordan Salvatoriello

Executive Produced by Kevin S. Bright and Claudia Bright

Followed by a Q&A with Kevin S. Bright and Jeff Consiglio

7:00 P.M. on Monday, November 28th, 2016

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


Official Selection: SXSW Film Festival 2016; Hot Docs 2016; Mill Valley Film Festival 2016.

In Select Theaters starting December 2nd.

About Best and Most Beautiful Things

In rural Maine, a bold and magnetic 20-year-old woman named Michelle Smith lives with her mother Julie. Michelle is quirky and charming, legally blind and diagnosed on the autism spectrum, with big dreams and varied passions. Searching for connection, Michelle explores love and empowerment outside the limits of “normal” through a provocative sex-positive community. Michelle’s joyful story of self-discovery celebrates outcasts everywhere.

Provided courtesy of Beacon Street Films. Not rated. Running time: 91 minutes.

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Director's Statement

We have all felt like an outcast. I set out to share an authentic and artistic first-person account of an exuberant young woman who faces extraordinary challenges on her journey to adulthood. Michelle’s unique story is about growing up and embracing all that life has to offer with unbridled optimism, even in the face of significant obstacles. Through Michelle we discovered the startling lack of opportunities available for all people to fully engage in our society, and the need to bridge the ocean of fear and misunderstanding that infuse attitudes toward people considered “other.” The beautiful differences that exist between all of us make up our common humanity.

-- Garrett Zevgetis

About the Guests

KEVIN S. BRIGHT (Executive Producer)

For its entire ten year run, Kevin Bright was an Executive Producer behind the Emmy Award winning television series Friends. Kevin additionally directed more than 50 episodes of the show including all 10 season finales. He produced and directed other programs including Dream On, Joey, and Veronica's Closet. While teaching at Emerson College in Boston, Kevin attended a Celtics game where he heard the Perkins School Chorus sing the National Anthem. Inspired by their performance Bright began a relationship with Perkins and developed a film production class for the visually impaired which was featured on NBC's Rock Center. A student in his first class was Michelle Smith. He has been involved with the film project since it began. Bright is currently Founding Director of Emerson College Los Angeles.

JEFF CONSIGLIO (Editor/Producer)

Jeff Consiglio has worked as a director, producer, editor and creative consultant on films for over 30 years. Jeff edited the Academy Award Winning documentary film Inocente (Best Documentary Short Subject, 2013). Jeff earned his first Oscar nomination for the feature documentary War/Dance in 2008, which also won Best Directing at Sundance and an Emmy Award. For HBO, Jeff edited Life According to Sam, which premiered at Sundance and was shortlisted for the Academy Award. He produced and edited the feature documentary Twinsters, which premiered at SXSW in 2015 and won the Special Jury award for Editing.

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