October 18, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

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

Outside the Box [Office], SCA Council on Diversity & Inclusion, USC Media Institute for Social Change (MISC), the USC LGBT Resource Center, and Kino Lorber, invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Tom of Finland

Directed by Dome Karukoski
Written by Aleksi Bardy | Additional Dialogue by Mark Alton Brown
Produced by Aleksi Bardy, Miia Haavisto, and Annika Sucksdorff

Followed by a Q&A with Aleksi Bardy, Mark Alton Brown,
and S.R. Sharp (VP|Curator, Tom of Finland Foundation)

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
SCI 106, Interactive Media Building
3470 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007



Official Selection: Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017, Outfest 2017, Tribeca Film Festival 2017.

Opens at Landmark's Nuart Theatre on Friday, October 20th, 2017.

About Tom of Finland

The proudly erotic drawings of artist Touko Laaksonen, known to the world as Tom of Finland, shaped the fantasies of a generation of gay men, influencing art and fashion before crossing over into the wider cultural consciousness. But who was the man behind the leather? Dome Karukoski’s stirring biopic follows his life from the trenches of WWII and repressive Finnish society of the 1950s through his struggle to get his work published in California, where he and his art were finally embraced amid the sexual revolution of the 1970s. Tom’s story is one of love, courage and perseverance, mirroring the gay liberation movement for which his leather-clad studs served as a defiant emblem.

Provided courtesy of Kino Lorber. Rated R. Running time: 116 minutes. In Finnish and English, with English subtitles.

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About the Guests

ALEKSI BARDY (Writer/Producer)

Aleksi Bardy is a Finnish screenwriter and producer, known for critically acclaimed and commercially succesful feature films like Tom of Finland (2017), Heart of a Lion (2013) and They Have Escaped (2014) and many others. He has created and run several TV shows. Currently he divides his time between production company Helsinki –filmi Oy and Aalto University, where he is the professor of film and TV production.

Aleksi Bardy was born in September 1970 and has a MA in Screenwriting from the University of Art & Design Helsinki. Bardy is an ACE member, EAVE alumni and EFA voting member. He speaks English, Finnish and Swedish.

MARK ALTON BROWN (Additional English Dialogue Writer)

Mark Alton Brown wrote additional English dialogue on the Finnish film Tom of Finland which has been getting accolades at international film festivals including The Tribeca Film Festival in New York. It opens domestically in October and is Finland's official entry for the foreign film Academy Award. He worked as a Consulting Producer on Instant Mom on Nickelodeon and TV Land. He served for eight years as Writer/Executive Producers on the CW’s hit series, Girlfriends. Mark created and Executive Produced Reunited, a comedy series for UPN. His produced pilots include NBC’s Dangerous Women with Bad Attitudes and Gabby. He has worked as writer/producer on multiple half-hour series, most notably as Supervising Producer on the long-running hit, Designing Women. Mark is also the co-author of the textbook, “Writing and Producing Television”. He has conducted seminars based on the book worldwide, including Singapore and in Rio de Janeiro. Mark is also on the faculty of Inner City Filmmakers. He is a recipent of a Shine Award, GLAAD Media Award and the BET Comedy Award.

S.R. SHARP (VP|Curator, Tom of Finland Foundation)

Sharp studied Fine Arts, Art History and Design at several Midwest schools and managed the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has worked in design for film and television for 30 years and fell head-over-heels for Tom of Finland Foundation over a decade ago. He sits on the Foundation's Board, acts as the editor of its newsletter, and is the Head Curator of its Permanent Collection. Says Sharp of art, "I'm impressed by integrity, wackiness, resplendent candor and all those things you want to revisit when you close your eyes at night before you fall asleep."

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About USC Media Institute for Social Change (MISC)

The USC Media Institute for Social Change is a nonprofit organization of industry professionals at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts who use cinema to create an awareness of social issues and inspire positive actions throughout the world.With a mission to support emerging media makers who weave pro-social messaging into their stories, USC-MISC seeks to change the world one film at a time.

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About the USC LGBT Resource Center

The LGBT Resource Center (LGBTRC) (est. 2005) provides support, education, and advocacy for LGBT and Ally undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Southern California. LGBTRC works with diverse campus undergraduate, graduate and faculty/staff and alumni organizations along with campus departments to address the LGBT student experiences. The LGBTRC maintains a multicultural framework with its programs and services to make certain the intersectionality of diversity issues among the LGBT identities are represented. LGBTRC also provides resources and referrals, such as information about neighboring LGBT support services, to all campus members.

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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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Name: Alessandro Ago