Our Voices: Kelley Kali Chatman, Garcelle Beauvais, Lisa Wilson, Victor Pourcel

February 21, 2018, 7:00PM

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

About the Guests

Director: Kelley Kali Chatman

California native Kelley Kali Chatman shot her USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA thesis Lalo’s House on location in Haiti, traveling to the country with a crew of mostly fellow SCA students and alums. Kelley co-wrote the film which premiered on Feb. 10 at the Pan African Film Festival.  Before attending SCA Kelley graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC where she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology with a minor in Classical Civilization and Film. Through her anthropology background she learned about child trafficking issues between the U.S. and Haiti. She went to Haiti and investigated a catholic orphanage where a nun put girls as young at 12 years old on the streets for prostitution. The footage from this documentary led her to be accepted to the School of Cinematic Arts, and served as the inspiration for Lalo’s House. While at SCA, Kelley also produced the award-winning documentary HomeGirls and co-wrote and directed the narrative short The Discovery of Dit Dodson. She won the Paul Robeson Award for directing Belize’s first creole dramatic TV series, Noh Matta Wat.

Executive Producer: Garcelle Beauvais 

Named one of People Magazine’s highly-coveted 50 Most Beautiful in 2014, Haitian-born actress Garcelle Beauvais immigrated to the United States at the age of seven with her mother and sisters, and has since charmed audiences with her dramatic and comedic abilities. A seasoned actress, Garcelle got her start when she began modeling at the age of seventeen and easily transitioned to acting in the Aaron Spelling series “Models, Inc.” After that, she co-starred opposite Jamie Foxx for five years on the popular WB sitcom “The Jamie Foxx Show.” For four seasons she also starred on the highly rated Emmy© Award-winning series “NYPD Blue.” Other television credits include memorable roles in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Arrested Development”, and “The Exes”, a starring role opposite Tim Daly in the ABC television show “Eyes” and guest appearances on “Human Target,” “Crash,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” and “The Bonnie Hunt Show.” Her recent film credits include “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “A Girl Like Grace.” In addition to serving as Executive Producer, Garcelle also plays the nun, Sister Francine, the villain at the center of Lalo’s House.  

Executive Producer: Lisa L. Wilson

Lisa Wilson is an Emmy Award winning producer and development executive from Houston, Texas. Lisa has produced more than 5,000 hours of programming including scripted, news, live entertainment and musical performances. She has developed content for FOX, CBS, ABC, REVOLT TV and other cable networks that has been seen in over 50 million homes. Throughout her career Lisa has also dedicated time and resources to mentor and empower the next generation of female producers and content curators through professional development. As a producer Lisa's mission is to develop content with the sole purpose of exploring life and discovering ourselves through the lens. 

Producer: Victor Pourcel

Born and raised in Paris, Victor Pourcel developed a passion for storytelling at an early age, due to the influence of his grandfather, Jean Cosmos, a notorious French screenplay writer. After getting his Baccalaureate in economics with high honours, he was admitted to one of the top French business schools, where he specialized in management of multimedia industries. He has developed and produced a number of short films, including a prestige collection of short films adapted from unseen Boris Vian screenplays that were bought by French national TV channels France 2 and France 3. Victor has been mentored by producer Michael Phillips (Taxi Driver, Close Encounters of the Third Kind). He is developing a documentary A Life of Storytelling, about his grandfather. He is a graduate student in Film & Television Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. 

Check-In & Reservations

This event is free of charge and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

SCA events are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity, 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.

Parking

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: Benjamin Pola
Email: bpola@cinema.usc.edu