February 8, 2018, 7:00 PM

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The SCA Alumni Screening Series invites you and a guest to a special screening of

Taking Stock

Directed by Ben Stillerman '15
Produced by Ben Stillerman and Arun Narayanan '14
Cinematography by Dave Dorsey '15
Sound by Jan Bezouska '14
Edited by Sean Jarrett '14 and Harris McCabe '15
Followed by a Q&A with Ben Stillerman, Arun Narayanan, Dave Dorsey, Sean Jarrett, and Harris McCabe
7:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 8th, 2018
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 112
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Winner: Best Documentary, Massachusetts Independent Film Festival 2017

Runner-up: Audience Award, Encounters South African DocuFest 2016

Official Selection: Bendfilm Fest 2016, Sutter Creek International Film Fest 2017

About Taking Stock

Taking Stock begins as a documentary about a South African family business which is failing, and the shopkeeper who is trying to save it. The shopkeeper is the filmmaker's father, and the business has been in the family since the 1940s, beginning as a grocery store, growing eventually into a mom-and-pop version of Ikea. Starting as a story about business, the film eventually develops into a personal, sometimes funny reflection on generational change. During one month in business, a complete financial cycle, we learn about the particular relationships between family business and family, community and country, as the filmmaker and his father talk about life and legacy.  This film is a unique perspective on a universal theme, Africa as we are not used to seeing it, and family business as millions of people around the world know it.

This film is presented courtesy of the filmmaker. Unrated. Runtime: 87 minutes. English.

Visit the Official Website: takingstockfilm.com
Follow on Facebook @takingstockmovie
Follow on Twitter @takingstockdoc

Preorder on Vimeo and iTunes

About the Guests

BEN STILLERMAN (Director, Producer, MFA Production '15)

Ben Stillerman has a background in education and philosophy. Born in South Africa, educated in Los Angeles, he uses documentary as a powerful way to find, create, and distribute new stories from communities and cultures all over the world with a hope always for furthering truth and dignity. He runs a documentary collective in downtown LA, and operates an environmental outreach media company. This is his first feature film. 

ARUN NARAYANAN (Producer, MFA Production '14)

Arun Narayanan received his MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2014, the same year that he flew to South Africa to produce the feature-length documentary Taking Stock. Since then, Arun has worked primarily as a screenwriter and video editor. As a writer, he was selected by IFP (the Independent Filmmaker Project) for their Emerging Storytellers program in 2015, and his first produced feature-length script, The Time Capsule, will premiere on the PixL network in 2018. In addition to editing and writing, Arun currently works in research & development for the Disney/ABC Television Group, and produces and stars in the award-winning web series Arun Considers. 

DAVE DORSEY (Cinematographer, MFA Production '15)

Dave Dorsey grew up in the small rural factory town of Sidney, Ohio. From around the age of eight, he began working in his father’s auto body shop and to this day he has a deep-seated love of tangible get-your-hands-dirty work and all things gear or wrench related. He went to school to be a painter, before finding his love for film, to which he has since dedicated as much time and energy possible. After receiving his MFA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Dave has worked primarily in VR, co-founding his own VR development company Silvrscreen Productions.

SEAN JARRETT (Editor, MFA Production '14)

Sean Jarrett is a film editor who works primarily in the documentary genre.  He has been the editor of two feature films that have premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, Holy Hell (2016) and Hal (2018).  Previous work includes collaborations with Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim.  Currently, Sean is working with director Brian Knappenberger (Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press, The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz) on multiple projects including a documentary television series set to premiere in 2018.

HARRIS McCABE (Editor, MFA Production '15)

Harris McCabe received bachelor’s degrees in English and Political Science from Southern Connecticut State University while working as a film critic for the New Haven Register. He relocated to Los Angeles to earn his MFA in Film and Television Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he focused on writing, directing, and editing. Harris currently serves as Director of Development at Los Angeles-based production company Lunacy Productions, working with writers and producers to strengthen Lunacy’s slate and discovering exciting new content. Last year he executive produced four films including And Then I Go, Plus One, and Rust Creek.

About the SCA Alumni Screening Series

The School of Cinematic Arts invites you to an exciting free screening series featuring a dynamic selection of new feature films by SCA alumni and faculty throughout 2018. All screenings and events will be free of charge and open to the public, although we do ask for an electronic reservation for each screening, which can be made through the website for each individual screening.

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.

Limited handicap seating is available. For guests with disabilities who require special accommodations, please contact Matthew Meier at mmeier@cinema.usc.edu with the subject line: "Accommodations Request -- TAKING STOCK."


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 McClintock Avenue Entrance (formerly Gate #5) or Royal Street Entrance (formerly Gate #4) on W. Jefferson Blvd. We recommend parking in the Royal Street Parking Structure (formerly PSD), at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd, with limited non-metered spaces also available north of Jefferson and throughout the surrounding neighborhood. Especially if you plan to utilize street parking, we HIGHLY recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before the screening, as parking can be difficult to find and it may take time to walk to the theater from your parking space.

For a map of campus, visit: https://web-app.usc.edu/maps/map.pdf

Contact Information

Name: Matthew Meier
Email: mmeier@cinema.usc.edu