December 5, 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 Echo Bridge invite you to attend a special preview screening of

The Pirates of Somalia

Written and Directed by Bryan Buckley
Produced by Mino Jarjoura, Matt Lefebvre,
Claude Dal Farra, and Irfaan Fredericks

Followed by a Q&A with Bryan Buckley and
Stars Evan Peters and Barkhad Abdi

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



Based on the book, The Pirates of Somalia: Inside their Hidden World, by Jay Bahadur.

Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, December 8th, 2017.

About The Pirates of Somalia

When rookie journalist Jay Bahadur (Evan Peters) has an inspiring chance encounter with his idol (Al Pacino), he uproots his life and moves to Somalia looking for the story of a lifetime. Hooking up with a local fixer (Barkhad Abdi), he attempts to embed himself with the local Somali pirates, only to find himself quickly in over his head. Based on the true story of one reporter's risk-taking adventure that ultimately brought the world an unprecedented first-person account of the pirates of Somalia.

Provided courtesy of Echo Bridge. Rated R. Running time: 116 minutes.

Visit the Facebook Page:


About the Guests

BRYAN BUCKLEY (Director/Writer/Executive Producer)

Bryan Buckley's directing career started in 1994 when he directed the Emmy Award winning "This is SportsCenter" Campaign. In 1997, Buckley co-found production company, Hungryman along with "This is SportsCenter" creator, Hank Perlman. Buckley has been dubbed the "King of the Super Bowl" by the New York Times. Directing over 50 commercials for the big game since 2000. Buckley wrote and directed the short film ASAD. The film was shot in Africa with an all Somali, refugee cast and screened at over 50 film festivals worldwide, taking top honors at the TriBeCa Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013. Buckley’s first feature film, The Bronze, opened the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Melissa Rauch as a foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist who must fight for her local celebrity status when a new young athlete's star rises in town. The film made a splash in Park City as the breakout comedy of the festival. Recently Buckley directed The Pirates of Somalia, starring Evan Peters, Al Pacino, Barkhad Abdi and Melanie Griffith. The film is Buckley’s adaptation of The NYT Best Seller, The Pirates of Somalia. It tells the crazy true story of rookie journalist Jay Bahadur, who in 2008 forms a half-baked plan to embed himself among the pirates of Somalia. He ultimately succeeds in providing the first close-up look into who these men are, how they live, and the forces that drive them.

EVAN PETERS (Actor, "Jay")

Evan Peters is one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors with critical acclaim in both television and film roles. Peters is best known for his work in the FX’s Emmy-nominated series “American Horror Story.” Created and produced by Ryan Murphy, the show has featured Peters in all seven seasons in a vast variety of roles including, ‘Tate Langdon,’ a murderous, psychotic teenager in the first season “Murder House” and ‘Mr. March,’ the man responsible for creating the sinister “Hotel.” Currently Peters is starring in the seventh season, “Cult,” in which he is receiving rave reviews.

Peters has received critical praise for his role as ‘Quicksilver’ in the latest film of the “X-Men series,” “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Fox released the film on May 27, 2016. He also appeared in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” in 2014, working alongside Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence. Last April, Peter’s appeared in Liza Johnson’s “Elvis and Nixon.” Based off the true historic event, the political comedy tells the story of the 1970s meeting between President Nixon and Elvis Presley. Peters portrayed Dwight Chapin, the White House aide who assists in organizing the meeting. The cast includes Kevin Spacey as President Nixon and Michael Shannon as Elvis.

Peters is starring in Bryan Buckley’s The Pirates of Somalia as Jay Bahadur. The film will follow Bahaur’s success in providing the first close-up look into the lifestyle of the pirates of Somalia. The cast includes Al Pacino, Barkhad Addi and Melanie Griffith.

Last year, Peters starred in “The Lazarus Effect” alongside Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass. From the producer of “The Purge,” “Paranormal Activity” and “Insidious,” the thriller follows medical students as they develop a serum to bring the dead back to life. Relativity, Blumhouse Productions and Mosaic Media Group released the film on February 27, 2015. In 2010, Peters starred in “Kick Ass,” directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Nicolas Cage, Chloe Grace Moretz and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The film follows teenagers and their amateur attempts of becoming superheroes. The film was released by Lionsgate.

Peters first gained recognition for his debut performance as Adam Sheppard in Michael Picchiottion’s film “Clipping Adam.” Portraying the life of a troubled teenager earned Peters Phoneix Film Festival’s Best Breakthrough Performance in 2004.

Other film credits include “Safelight” (2015), “Never Back Down” (2008), “Never Back Down 2” (2011), “Gardens of the Night” (2008), “Remarkable Power” (2008); and “An American Crime” (2007). Peters starred in ABC’s “Invasion” as Jesse Varon and made regular television appearances in CW’s award-winning series “One Tree Hill,” Disney Channel’s “Phil of the Future,” and ABC’s “The Days.” Additional television credits include “Dirt,” “House M.D.,” “Parenthood,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Mentalist,” and “The Office.” Peters currently resides in Los Angeles.

BARKHAD ABDI (Actor, "Abdi")

Barkhad Abdi was born in Somalia and spent his early years there. When he was seven his family moved to Yemen where he lived until he was fourteen.His mother then applied and got a green card for her and her family to move to the United States which is when he landed in Minneapolis and has called that home ever since.When Captain Phillips was casting the roles of the Somali pirates they had an open casting in his adoptive hometown. Barkhad was one of 700 young men who appeared for the audition and after a long process won the role of “Muse”.For his performance in the film he was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award and won the BAFTA and London Critics’ awards.He has been working steadily ever since. He was seen in Eye in the Sky starring Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman and Aaron Paul directed by Oscar winner Gavin Hood, The Brothers Grimsby starring Sacha Baron Cohen directed by Louis Leterrier and Extortion starring Danny Glover and Eion Bailey, directed by Paul Volken premiering this May.

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.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here

To SUBSCRIBE to our MAILING LIST for upcoming free screenings and events, e-mail the word "Subscribe" to:

Join our Public Group on Facebook:

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 the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago