October 11, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

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

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

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

Written and Directed by Brian Knappenberger
Produced by Brian Knappenberger, Femke Wolting, and Korelan Matteson

Followed by a Q&A with Brian Knappenberger

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
SCI 106, Interactive Media Building
3470 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007



Official Selection: 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

About Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

When the online tabloid Gawker posted part of a surreptitiously filmed sex tape of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, they ignited a high stakes legal battle that pit privacy rights against the first amendment. The staggering verdict bankrupted Gawker and its founder Nick Denton, but also exposed a shadowy figure behind the scenes: Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel. Nine years earlier Gawker had outed Thiel on their pages and the billionaire had been waiting for his chance to destroy them.
The Florida trial happened against the backdrop of a contentious election. Thiel’s battle with Gawker, along with Sheldon Adelson’s secretive purchase of the Las Vegas Review–Journal and President Elect Donald Trump’s treatment of journalists portend a sinister trend threatening a free press and brought to light a new threat to democracy. Are the very wealthy thwarting the First Amendment to silence their critics? In an age of extreme inequality, how vulnerable is a free press that has lost most of its traditional sources of income? Perhaps most frightening, what could a billionaire with the executive branch at his command do to those who have angered him?
Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press is an examination of the perils and duties of the free press in an age of inequality.

Provided courtesy of Netflix. Rated TV-14. Running time: 93 minutes.

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About the Guest

BRIAN KNAPPENBERGER (Writer/Director/Producer)

Brian Knappenberger is an award-winning filmmaker whose last film, The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, premiered at Sundance and won the Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Documentary Screenplay. His previous work includes We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, about the online hacktivist non-group Anonymous, the award winning documentary series Truth And Power and numerous other investigative documentaries for PBS, Pivot, Bloomberg Television, National Geographic, and The Discovery Channel.

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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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