July 18, 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 Screen Gems invite you and a guest to attend a special advance screening of


Directed by Aneesh Chaganty
Written by Aneesh Chaganty & Sev Ohanian
Produced by Timur Bekmambetov, Sev Ohanian,
Adam Sidman, and Natalie Qasabian
Cinematography by Juan Sebastian Baron
Music Composed by Torin Borrowdale
Edited by Nicholas D. Johnson and Will Merrick
First Assistant Directed by Carly Sturgeon

7:30 P.M. on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
The Frank Sinatra Hall @ Norris Cinema Theatre Complex
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Followed by a Q&A with SCA Alumni Aneesh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian, Natalie Qasabian, Juan Sebastian Baron, Torin Borrowdale, Nicholas D. Johnson, Will Merrick, and Carly Sturgeon

WINNER: Audience Award, Best of Next!; Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize (Aneesh Chaganty & Sev Ohanian); Sundance Institute / Amazon Studios Narrative Producer Award (Sev Ohanian) - Sundance Film Festival 2018

In Theaters Nationwide on Friday, August 3rd, 2018

About Searching

After David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.

Provided courtesy of Screen Gems. Not yet rated. Running time: 101 minutes.

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About the Guests

ANEESH CHAGANTY (Co-Writer, Director, SCA Alumnus)

Aneesh Chaganty is a 27-year-old writer/director whose two minute short film, a Google Glass spot called "Seeds", became an internet sensation after garnering more than 1 million YouTube views in 24 hours. Following its success, Aneesh was invited to join the Google Creative Lab in New York City, where he spent two years developing, writing and directing Google commercials.

He is a recipient of the Future of Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to only five young creatives around the world "who have demonstrated a fearlessness to tell stories in unconventional ways" and whose works "will be instrumental in shaping the future of storytelling.” Searching is Aneesh's first feature.  He quit his job to make it.

SEV OHANIAN (Co-Writer, Producer, SCA Alumnus)

Sev Ohanian is a 31-year-old screenwriter and producer native to Los Angeles. Since graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2012, he has been a producer on over a dozen feature films, 4 of which have been Sundance Film Festival Official Selections. His first film, Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2013. Andrew Bujalksi's Results premiered at Sundance 2015 and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures. Clea DuVall's The Intervention, premiered at Sundance 2016 and was acquired by Paramount.

Most recently, his film Searching premiered at Sundance 2018 and will be theatrically released in August by Sony Screen Gems. On Searching, he co-wrote the script and produced the film, starring John Cho and Debra Messing, and it won the Sundance NEXT Audience Award as well as the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Award.

Sev was this year’s recipient of the Sundance Institute / Amazon Studios Narrative Producers Award. He’s been recognized by The Wrap in their annual list of 11 Innovators Changing Hollywood, alongside Angelina Jolie, Jimmy Fallon and other industry names. Additionally, he’s been a part-time faculty member at USC since 2014, teaching 3 classes in producing.


Natalie graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2014. The first short film she produced premiered at Sundance in 2016. Her feature credits include three Duplass Brothers features: most recently Duck Butter directed by Miguel Arteta. She also produced All About Nina starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Common, which premiered at Tribeca and was acquired by The Orchard. Recently she produced Searching, a thriller starring John Cho and Debra Messing which is being distributed by Sony this summer. Searching premiered at Sundance 2018 and won the NEXT Audience Award and Alfred P. Sloan Award. Next up she'll produce Run for Lionsgate alongside Searching producer Sev Ohanian and director Aneesh Chaganty. Natalie is also currently getting an MBA from Pepperdine University.

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 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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