September 27, 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 MEMORY invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Rat Film

Written & Directed by Theo Anthony
Produced by Riel Roch-Decter and Sebastian Pardo

Followed by a Q&A with Riel Roch-Decter and Sebastian Pardo

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



Official Selection: 2016 Locarno Film Festival; 2017  International Film Festival Rotterdam; 2017 True/False Film Fest; 2017 HotDocs; 2017 SXSW Film Festival; Sheffield Doc Fest.

Opens at Downtown Independent on Sunday, October 15th, 2017.

About Rat Film

Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. Rat Film is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them—to explore the history of Baltimore. "There's never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it's always been a people problem.”

Provided courtesy of MEMORY. Not rated. Running time: 82 minutes.

Visit the Official Website: https://www.memory.is/rat-film


Director's Statement

My documentary work challenges the journalistic role of presenting an objective account of experience. I am interested in making films that explore how subjective reality is commodified to fit outsider’s narratives of consumption and production. I want to understand how this process is used to anesthetize pain, to eliminate accountability, and how the divisions of artist and subject in film production mimic larger capitalist modes ofexploitation. I want to make films that use a familiar visual language that can simultaneously speak to and challenge these histories of representation.

-- Theo Anthony

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