February 15, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

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

Outside the Box [Office] and Monterey Media invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Sophie and the Rising Sun

Directed and Screenplay by Maggie Greenwald
Based on the Novel by Augusta Trobaugh
Produced by SCA Professor Brenda Goodman, Nancy Dickenson,
Lorraine Gallard, and Maggie Greenwald

Followed by a Q&A with Brenda Goodman

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Official Selection: 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Opens at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills on Friday, January 27th, 2017.


About Sophie and the Rising Sun

Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history. As World War II rages in Europe a wounded stranger, Mr. Ohta, appears in the town under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship born of their mutual love of art blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves the war escalates tragically. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta’s life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets - Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper - rejects law and propriety, risking their lives with their actions.

Provided courtesy of Monterey Media. Rated R. Running time: 105 minutes.

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About the Guest

BRENDA GOODMAN (Producer, SCA Professor and Track Head of Producing)

Brenda Goodman is a producer of independent films as well as documentaries, television and music video. Her producing credits include Anna (winner of the Golden Globe for Best Actress), Emma and Elvis, Mac (directed by John Turturro, winner of The Caméra d’Or Golden Camera at the Cannes Film estival), Prisoners of Inertia (Amanda Plumber and Chris Rich), and The Ballad of Little Jo (Ian McKellen, directed by Maggie Greenwald).

Her documentary directing and producing credits include SexEd (The Movie), Observance Observed (ABC), Blues Story, No Place Like Home and Chuck's Story. She also produced documentaries for PBS including Roses in December, Growing Up Poor, and Heartstrings.

Goodman produced The Baby Sitter’s Club pilot for HBO and was the Executive Producer for the 2000-2001 Human Rights Awards, and the director for the DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids) Awards Show. In addition, Goodman was the in-house writer, producer, and director at Reeves Communications. She received the National Association for Youth Mentor Award for her music video work with Ziggy Marley.

Goodman began her career in film and video as the media director for a US Senate race in her home state of North Carolina. She later moved to New York City, where she served as staff producer/director for DHS Films, a media company that specialized in political media.

She currently lives in Los Angeles where, as a member of the faculty at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, she teaches production and runs the producing track. In 2000, the National Greek Academic Honor Society named her Professor of the Year.

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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.

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