May 21, 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 The Orchard invite you to attend a special advance screening of

American Animals

Written & Directed by Bart Layton
Produced by Derrin Schlesinger, Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, and Mary Jane Skalski

Followed by a  Q&A with Bart Layton and Actor Blake Jenner

7:00 P.M. on Monday, May 21st, 2018

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



WORLD PREMIERE: Sundance Film Festival 2018.

In Theaters on Friday, June 1st, 2018.

About American Animals

The unbelievable but true story of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in US history. Determined to live lives that are out of the ordinary, they formulate a daring plan for the perfect robbery, only to discover that the plan has taken on a life of its own.

Principal Cast: Evan Peters (X-Men), Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk), Blake Jenner (Edge of Seventeen), Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd, and Udo Kier.

Provided courtesy of The Orchard. Rated R. Running time: 116 minutes.




About the Guests

BART LAYTON (Writer, Director)

Bart Layton is a multi-award winning producer and director,renowned for tackling controversial and challenging subject matter with tremendous visual style and journalistic rigor. He thrives on creating work with distinctive visual flair, and pushing the boundaries of conventional story-telling techniques. He has been the Creative Director of leading U.K. production company Raw for the past 12 years, originating and directing a number of award-winning documentaries and series. In 2011, Bart directed his first documentary feature film, The Imposter, which received widespread critical acclaim for its originality and storytelling following its debut at Sundance in 2012. The film picked up a number of prestigious awards in the process, before winning two BIFA awards and a BAFTA for best debut film and being shortlisted for the 2013 Academy Awards. The Imposter has since become one of the highest grossing British documentaries of all time.


Blake Jenner (Chas Allen II) is one of Hollywood's most exciting and versatile young actors working today. Jenner's writing debut, the independent feature Juvenile, in which he also stars, is a coming-of-age film about the nature of violence and the search for redemption. The film is directed and executive produced by Bradley Buecker ("Glee" and "American Horror Story") and premiered at Austin's Fantastic Fest earlier this year; Jenner was also awarded the Rising Star Award at the San Diego Film Festival in 2017.

Jenner starred in the critically acclaimed feature The Edge of Seventeen opposite Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson for producer James L. Brooks. He also appeared alongside Logan Lerman and Elle Fanning in Sidney Hall for Academy Award-winning director Shawn Christensen. Jenner was the lead in Richard Linklater's nostalgia comedy feature Everybody Wants Some!!

Television credits include playing series regular Ryder Lynn on the Fox hit comedy “Glee” and a recurring role on the CBS hit “Supergirl.” Jenner first broke out on the second season of “The Glee Project,” where he was selected as one of fourteen contestants to compete, ultimately winning the competition and landing him a role on “Glee.”

Jenner is from Miami and currently resides in Los Angeles.

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