June 4, 2018, 7:30 P.M.

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and Lionsgate invite you and a guest to attend a special advance screening of


Directed by Carlos López Estrada
Written by Rafael Casal & Daveed Diggs
Produced by Keith Calder, Jess Calder,
Rafael Casal, and Daveed Diggs

Followed by a Q&A with Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs

7:30 P.M. on Monday, June 4thth, 2018

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the
Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007



Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival 2018; SXSW Film Festival 2018.

In Limited Theaters on Friday, July 20th, 2018.
Opens Nationwide on Friday, July 27th, 2018.

About Blindspotting

Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in.

Longtime friends and collaborators, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland. Bursting with energy, style, and humor, and infused with the spirit of rap, hip hop, and spoken word, Blindspotting, boldly directed by Carlos López Estrada in his feature film debut, is a provocative hometown love letter that glistens with humanity.

Provided courtesy of Lionsgate. Not yet rated. Running time: 95 minutes.

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About the Guests

DAVEED DIGGS ("Collin"/Co-Writer/Producer)

Daveed Diggs is a Tony Award®, GRAMMY®, and Lucille Lortel Award-winning actor and rapper who is widely known for originating the dual roles of Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette in the Broadway sensation, Hamilton.

Diggs most recently appeared in the hit Lionsgate feature Wonder, opposite Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay, in a performance heralded as “irresistibly charming” and “deeply sympathetic.” He’s also recognizable as the voice of Dos in Fox’s Academy Award®-nominated animated feature, Ferdinand. He is currently in production for Netflix’s untitled Dan Gilroy project alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalia Dyer, Tom Sturridge, Toni Collette, and John Malkovich.

On television, Diggs will next star in TNT’s Snowpiercer and lend his voice to Fox’s Bob’s Burgers, Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, and Josh Gad’s new animated musical comedy for Apple TV, Central Park. Most recently he was seen on ABC’s Emmy®-nominated series, Black-ish, and Netflix’s hit comedy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He also starred in HBO’s Tour de Pharmacy, alongside Andy Samberg and Orlando Bloom. Diggs executive produced ABC’s The Mayor and is creating original content for ESPN. Previous television includes NBC’s Law & Order: SVU and Netflix’s The Get Down, created by visionary director Baz Luhrmann.  

Before Hamilton, Diggs was already well respected in the underground hip-hop scene as a member of the West Coast-based experimental trio clipping. Diggs has toured nationally and internationally, both as a solo artist and with clipping, playing venues including Sonar Festival in Barcelona, Off Festival in Krakow, ATP Iceland in Keflavic, and Brooklyn's AfroPunk Fest. Special engagement bookings include the Red Bull Music Academy and Moog Electronics. The group was also nominated for a Hugo Award for their sophomore album, Splendor & Misery. 

RAFAEL CASAL ("Miles"/Co-Writer/Producer)

Rafael Casal is a writer, performer and producer originally from the Bay Area, CA. Rafael got his start as a national youth poetry champion at Brave New Voices, and performing on three seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry. He is a long-time content creator online with over 4 million views across YouTube and Facebook, celebrated for his poetry, music, web shorts and political commentary. Rafael served as Creative Director for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s First Wave Undergraduate arts program from 2008 to 2010, where he directed nearly 24 stage productions while curator for the LINE BREAKS Theater Festival. Under Casal’s creative direction in 2009, the First Wave program received the Governor’s Arts Award for arts programming.
As a writer, and vocal activist, his theater-in-verse works have been presented at hundreds of colleges and venues (Lincoln Center, San Francisco Opera House, NYU, Kennedy Center, etc.) He has three music releases, which had records placed on shows with MTV and Showtime, and were featured at SXSW & Sundance Film Festival. His most recent theater piece, The Limp, was presented as a solo production at IATI Theater in New York, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and is now being developed into a musical.
Casal is the co-founder and artistic director of the #BARS workshop at NYC’s The Public Theater, which received high praise from Elle, TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Teen Vogue, Slate & more. He just completed a new music project with Daveed Diggs to be released Spring 2018.

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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 7:00 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.

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