June 18, 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 Universal Pictures invite you and a guest to attend a special advance screening of

The First Purge

Directed by Gerard McMurray
Written by James DeMonaco
Produced by Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Andrew Form,
Brad Fuller, and Sébastien K. Lemercier
Score Composed by Kevin Lax

Followed by a Q&A with SCA Alumni Gerard McMurray and Kevin Lax, and Cast Member Joivan Wade

7:00 P.M. on Monday, June 18th, 2018
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


In Theaters on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018.

About The First Purge

Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.

Provided courtesy of Universal Pictures. Rated R. Running time: 106 minutes.

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About the Guests

GERARD McMURRAY (Director, SCA Alumnus)

Gerard McMurray is a Filmmaker from New Orleans 7th Ward. He is preparing to release his sophomore film, the origin story of The Purge Franchise entitled, The First Purge, on July 4, 2018 through Universal. Gerard is a graduate of Howard University and USC Film School’s MFA program where he won a student DGA Award for his short film Battle Buddy. Gerard was a Producer on the hit indie film Fruitvale Station which won the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. His first film as a Director, the Netflix Original Burning Sands, was in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and enjoyed a 2017 spring release in theaters before streaming on Netflix.


Joivan Wade trained at Brit School, and was a member of The National Youth Theatre. He rose to prominence in the comedy trio MANDEM ON THE WALL playing a series regular role in the hit E4 show YOUNGERS. He has worked alongside comedy legends David Walliams, Catherine Tate and Matt Lucas on BBC series BIG SCHOOL, WALLIAMS AND FRIEND and POMPIDOU. Joivan also worked with longstanding comedian Sir Lenny Henry in his TV adaption and theatre performance of RUDY’S RARE RECORDS. Other television credits include BBC crime drama THE INTERCEPTOR, playing fan favourite Rigsy across two series of DOCTOR WHO and series regular Jordan Johnson in EASTENDERS.

Film credits include lead roles in THE WEEKEND MOVIE for Netflix Worldwide and the 4th installment of Hollywood franchise THE FIRST PURGE which is due to hit cinemas in July 2018. Joivan is also co writer and founder of the online platform THE WALL OF COMEDY. Since its launch in 2015 the platform has spanned over 3.6 billion views, reaching over 107,000,000 people per week.

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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


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.

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