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April 4, 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], the USC African American Cinema Society, and Netflix, invite you and a guest to attend a special screening of

First Match


Written and Directed by Olivia Newman
Produced by Chanelle Elaine, Veronica Nickel, and Bryan Unkeless

Followed by a Q&A with Olivia Newman
Moderated by AACS Co-President Tayo Lanre-Amos

:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



World Premiere: SXSW Film Festival 2018.

Winner: Audience Award (Narrative Feature), Gamechanger Award (Olivia Newman)
- SXSW Film Festival 2018.

About First Match

Hardened by years in foster care, a teenage girl from Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood decides that joining the all-boys’ wrestling team is the only way back to her estranged father.

The film stars Elvire Emanuelle, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo, Jharrel Jerome and Jared Kemp. From producers Chanelle Elaine, Veronica Nickel and Bryan Unkeless, First Match is the first feature film for writer/director Olivia Newman.

Provided courtesy of Netflix. Not rated. Running time: 102 minutes.

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About the Guest

OLIVIA NEWMAN (Writer, Director)

Writer/director Olivia Newman is an alum of the Sundance Directors Lab and Screenwriters Lab and was the recipient of the 2015 IFP/Durga Entertainment Filmmaker Grant, the Adrienne Shelly Foundation filmmaker grant, and the Maryland Filmmakers fellowship. Her films have received support from the Sundance Institute, HBO, Independent Filmmaker Project, Film Independent, the San Francisco Film Society, Tribeca Film Institute, and the Caucus Foundation, have screened at film festivals internationally and been broadcast on PBS.

Olivia’s feature debut, FIRST MATCH, is set in Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood and follows 15 year old Monique as she tries to reconnect with her estranged father by joining the boys’ wrestling team. Chanelle Elaine (Creative Bionics), Veronica Nickel and Bryan Unkeless (Clubhouse Pictures) produced. FIRST MATCH premiered at SXSW.

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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About the African American Cinema Society (AACS)

The mission of the African American Cinema Society is to highlight and promote art and artists who are invested in showcasing complex and sophisticated representations of blackness and the black diaspora.

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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.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago