March 29, 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

The USC African American Cinema Society (AACS), Outside the Box [Office], SCA Council on Diversity & Inclusion, and BH Tilt, invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of


Directed by J.D. Dillard
Written by J.D. Dillard and Alex Theurer
Produced by SCA Alumnus Eric B. Fleischman,
Sean Tabibian, and Alex Theurer

Followed by a Q&A with J.D. Dillard and SCA Alumnus Eric B. Fleischman

:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Official Selection: 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

In Theaters on Friday, April 28th, 2017.


About Sleight

A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents’ passing and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her.    

Provided courtesy of BH Tilt. Rated R. Running time: 90 minutes.

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About the Guest

J.D. DILLARD (Director/Co-Writer)

J.D. Dillard is a writer and director working in Los Angeles, California. His breakout script The Death of John Archer Newman was featured on the Hit List, an annual collection of the industry’s highest voted screenplays, and put him on the year’s Young and Hungry list. Dillard and his writing partner, Alex Theurer, went on to set up a science fiction coming-of-age film with Paramount Pictures and JJ Abram’s production company, Bad Robot. In 2016, Dillard's directorial debut, Sleight, a science-fiction crime thriller, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and sold to Blumhouse & WWE. The film, which Dillard co-wrote, will be released wide on April 28th, 2017. Currently, Dillard is in prep on a science-fiction horror film with Jason Blum/Blumhouse that he co-wrote and will be directing in Q1 of 2017.

ERIC B. FLEISCHMAN (Producer, SCA Alumnus)

Eric Fleischman was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Maryland. While attending the University of Southern California as an undergraduate for his film production degree, he spent his semesters and summers on the Paramount Pictures lot, interning for physical production and Paramount’s Insurge Pictures. Upon graduating, Fleischman began working at Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, intent on finding a way to employ the micro-budget horror model for genre films in the independent space. After being a part of eight feature films under the Blum banner, Fleischman ventured out to produce independently. With the knowledge of how to turn high-concept low-budget films into massive box office successes, Fleischman raised private equity and began producing edgy, bold and unconventional genre films. Fleischman has independently produced ten feature films in the past three years.

About the African American Cinema Society (AACS)

The mission of the African American Cinema Society is to highlight and promote art and artists who are invested in showcasing complex and sophisticated representations of blackness and the black diaspora.

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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.

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About the SCA Council on Diversity & Inclusion

The role of the SCA Council on Diversity & Inclusion is to promote and support inclusivity among students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, friends and industry partners. We urge each member of the SCA Family to participate in creating a learning environment that respects all creative voices.

The last Council meeting of the Spring 2017 semester will be on Monday, April 16th from 3:00-5:00pm in SCA 255. The second hour of the meeting is open to any SCA students, staff or faculty who wish to attend.

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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.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago