April 3, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

SCI 106, Interactive Media Building, 3470 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and Save A Child's Heart invite you and a guest to a special screening of

A Heartbeat Away

Directed by Tal Barda and Noam Pinchas | Produced by Dan Setton

Followed by a Q&A with Dr. Brandy Hattendorf and Jack Mayer, Ph.D., Western Regional Director for the Save a Child’s Heart Foundation, U.S.

7:00 P.M. on Monday, April 3rd, 2017
SCI 106, Interactive Media Building
3470 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007


About A Heartbeat Away

A Heartbeat Away - the official Trailer from Noam Pinchas on Vimeo.

Six-year-old Julius is brought to a hospital in Tanzania in critical condition and Dr. Akiva Tamir, an Israeli cardiologist, must make the gut-wrenching decision of whether or not to operate on Julius, given his bleak prospects for survival. Dr. Tamir and his team perform life saving cardiac operations in Tanzania, a country where five children die each day of untreated heart conditions. This documentary recounts the often painful decisions the doctors have to make on a daily basis as to which children will ultimately be treated and which will not. A Heartbeat Away takes us on a journey as the team of doctors are forced time after time to make the ultimate decision about the destiny of these children.

Provided courtesy of Save A Child's Heart. Not rated. Running time: 55 minutes.

Visit the Official Website: http://www.saveachildsheartus.org/


About the Guests


Dr. Brandy Hattendorf is a physician and mom. She is an attending pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California (USC). She is a graduate of Occidental College. She completed her pediatric residency at University of Nevada and her cardiology fellowship at Riley Hospital for Children/Indiana University including a subspecialization in echocardiography. She is fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Cardiology and American Society of Echocardiography with national committee appointments within these organizations. She has authored numerous publications and textbook chapters. Throughout her career she has served in many leadership roles including Director of Pediatric Cardiology and Director of Pediatric and Fetal Echocardiography. She became involved in SACH after serving as the cardiologist on a medical mission to the Philippines in 2012. Dr. Hattendorf serves as a board member for the SACH West Coast Advisory committee. She is passionate about saving children’s lives and most recently spent 2 weeks this year in Israel with the SACH team. She is working with the SACH Israeli team to create hybrid American/Israeli medical teams to expand the SACH international efforts to save even more children. Dr. Hattendorf is mom to Sheli, Anna and Joy. Her work wouldn’t be possible without the strong support of her wonderful husband Steve.

JACK MAYER, Ph.D., Western Regional Director for the Save a Child’s Heart Foundation, U.S.

Jack Mayer has had an extensive career in nonprofit management at the executive level. In addition, he has considerable experience in training and education, program development, and fundraising. Among his many professional roles, he served for an extended period as a Vice President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles in the capacity of Executive Director of the Valley Alliance. He was also the Director of the School of Jewish Communal Service at Hebrew Union College for almost five years and earlier was a national specialist in leadership development for the Council of Jewish Federations, based in New York. He served as the first independent Director of the Jewish Community Center at the Milken Campus and then managed the Financial Resource Development Department for The Salvation Army, Southern California Division as the Associate Executive Director of Development. Currently, he is the Western Regional Director for Save a Child’s Heart, an international humanitarian medical organization based in Holon, Israel.

Jack earned his Ph.D. in European History from New York University. He lives in Calabasas with his wife Ellen who is professor emeritus of the California State University at Northridge. Their two married children, Leslie and Marc, and four grandchildren all live in Calabasas. Jack’s major avocation outside of the nonprofit world is sailboat racing in various Southern California venues.

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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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
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu