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January 16, 2018, 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 MadPix Films invite you and a guest to attend a special preview screening of

The S Word

Directed by Lisa J. Klein
Produced by Doug Blush, Julian Cautherley,
Kurt Norton, and Gianna Maria Smart

Followed by a Q&A with Lisa J. Klein and Doug Blush

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



About The S Word

THE S WORD - Official Trailer from Douglas Blush on Vimeo.

From the filmmakers of the award winning film OF TWO MINDS comes a new documentary that explores one of the most feared and misunderstood topics in the human experience - suicide.

Both attempt survivors and the families and friends of those who've been lost are portrayed in all the complexity, pain and even humor of their experiences, and THE S WORD looks towards a movement that might be the next important social change of our time.

Provided courtesy of MadPix Films. Running time: 93 minutes.

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Director's Statement

My name is Lisa Klein and I am the director of THE S WORD. As a survivor of both my father’s and brother’s suicides, I have struggled with the ‘whys’ for years, along with the guilt, shame, and confusion that lingers in suicide’s wake. I will never know why my dad ended his life. And, nobody talked about my brother. My mother could never bring herself to say the words, “My son killed himself.” No mother should have to say that. Ever.

There is no more highly charged personal issue for me, and for that reason I am driven to document it and open a much needed conversation. It is time for us to boldly talk about suicide because no family should have to experience that which radiates outward for generations to come.

-- Lisa J. Klein

About the Guests

LISA J. KLEIN (Director)

Lisa co-directed OF TWO MINDS (2012), a journey into the lives of remarkable people living, struggling, and triumphing with bipolar disorder. OTM won a SAMHSA VOICE Award and an EIC Prism Award… the most significant awards for a mental health documentary, and has been seen by sold-out audiences at screenings across the country, as well as becoming a top documentary on Netflix. Lisa co-owns MadPix, Inc., an independent production company in Los Angeles, with her husband Doug Blush.

DOUG BLUSH (Producer/Supervising Editor)

Doug is utilizing his vast experience as producer, editor and writer of Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Peabody award-winning films and television shows to help shape this film. His credits include: 2013 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, as well as WORDPLAY (2006); I.O.U.S.A (2008); THESE AMAZING SHADOWS (2011); and THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE (2015). He was also recently Supervising Editor of JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY, winner of the 2016 Sundance Audience Award. Throughout his career Doug has worked on projects that bring about social change, including the Oscar-nominated THE INVISIBLE WAR (2013), and THE HUNTING GROUND (2015). He is the co-founder of MadPix, Inc. and recently was named a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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 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.

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