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May 2, 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 Abramorama invite you and a guest to attend a special advance screening of

The Test & the Art of Thinking

Directed by Michael Arlen Davis
Produced by Michael Arlen Davis and Jyll Johnstone

Followed by a Q&A with Michael Arlen Davis

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

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



**Official Selection – SLO Film Fest 2018**

Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, May 4th, 2018.


About The Test & the Art of Thinking

Each year more than 3 million high school students take the SAT or ACT, the college entrance exams required by most four-year colleges in the United States. For decades, however,there have been questions about exactly what these tests measure, what role they play in the admissions process and how predictive they are of academic success. The anxiety-provoking exams, and the multi billion-dollar test-prep industry that has grown up around them, have also become lightning rods in the ongoing national debate over equity in educational opportunity. In the new documentary feature The Test & the Art of Thinking, filmmaker Michael Arlen Davis examines this controversy through interviews with students, parents, counselors, test-prep professionals and academics, to provide a fascinating look at this uniquely American rite of passage and how it reflects deeper issues in our educational system—and our society as a whole.

Provided courtesy of Abramorama. Not rated. Running time: 85 minutes.

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About the Guest

MICHAEL ARLEN DAVIS (Director, Producer)

Michael Arlen Davis has served as the vice president of Canobie Films since its formation in 1992. He was a producer on the company’s 2008 documentary Hats Off, a profile of 93-year-old New York actress Mimi Weddell, which was released by Abramorama. He also served as assistant producer on 1994 Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee Martha & Ethel, a portrait of the nannies who raised filmmakers Jyll Johnstone and Barbara Ettinger. The film was released by Sony Pictures Classics. Davis has been involved with a variety of businesses in the world of food and fiber, including naturally colored cotton and natural food supplements derived from micro-algae.

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.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago