July 19, 2018, 7:00 PM

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The Alumni Screening Series and Cinema Slate invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Looking at the Stars

Directed by Alexandre Peralta
Produced by Alexandre Peralta and Corina Maritescu


Followed by a Q&A with Alexandre Peralta and Corina Maritescu

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 19th, 2018
The Ray Stark Family Theatre
900 W. 34th Street, SCA 108
Los Angeles, California 90007


WINNER: HBO/NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Award, Bentonville Film Festival Highest Diversity Award

Official Selection: Los Angeles Film Festival, São Paulo International Film Festival


About Looking at the Stars

Looking at the Stars is an intimate glimpse into the lives of the extraordinary ballerinas at the world’s only ballet school for the blind: the Fernanda Bianchini Ballet Association for the Blind in São Paulo, Brazil.

The stories of these dancers go beyond the challenge of learning to dance without a visual reference. Like many of us, these women want to be good professionals, partners, friends. They want to be relevant and self-sufficient. They work fiercely to become the best versions of themselves. 

Geyza is the school’s prima ballerina. She is an example of grace, strength and determination. She started studying ballet with Fernanda Bianchini after losing her sight, at the age of nine. During our film, Geyza arrives at a crossroads: like many women, she feels pulled in two directions, between her family and her career. About to get married, Geyza believes that in order to be a good wife she must dedicate herself to her family. But, she is also determined not to let married life be the end of her aspirations as a ballet dancer and instructor.

One of Geyza’s students is Thalia, a shy teenager with big dreams for her future. Thalia attends a traditional middle school, where she has to deal with rejection from her peers and with her teachers’ inability to accommodate her visual impairment. Thalia’s journey is one of selfdiscovery and expanding horizons. Besides being a student at the Fernanda Bianchini Association, Thalia takes Braille and independent walking classes. At home, Thalia also writes novels and interacts with friends over the internet. Her greatest companion is her mother, Sandra. 

Both Geyza and Thalia found a way to express themselves through ballet. And the Fernanda Bianchini Ballet Association for the Blind is a place where blind and visually impaired youth like them can find comfort and encouragement to exceed even their own expectations.

Provided courtesy of Cinema Slate. Running time: 90 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles. Not rated.

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About the guests

ALEXANDRE PERALTA (Director, Producer, Editor, USC Alumnus)
Alexandre Peralta is a Student Academy Award-winning filmmaker. He grew up in São Paulo, Brazil, at the epicenter of millions of inspiring untold stories. He began exploring some of these stories in college, where he studied Advertising and Marketing at ESPM, but deepened his commitment to artistic expression during his time in the M.F.A. program at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, where he focused on editing and directing. “Looking at the Stars” is Alexandre's first feature documentary.

Corina Maritescu is a writer, filmmaker and a queer immigrant feminist with an agenda(!). She was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania, and then raised all over again in New York City, where at 21 she became the managing editor of GO Magazine, “the country’s most widely?distributed free lesbian magazine.” Later, Corina got her M.F.A. from U.S.C.'s School of Cinematic Arts, where she focused on producing, directing and writing. After graduating, she dipped her toes in development, working for indie studio Big Beach on the television side, before finally finding her way into a writers' room. She currently writes on Facebook's half-hour dramedy SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, starring Elizabeth Olsen.


About the Alumni Screening Series

The USC School of Cinematic Arts invites you to an exciting free screening series featuring a dynamic selection of new feature films by alumni and faculty throughout 2018. All screenings and events will be free of charge and open to the public, although we do ask for an electronic reservation for each screening, which can be made through the website for each individual screening.


Check-in & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring either a printed or digital confirmation of your reservation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. 

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M. and 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.

Limited handicap seating is available. For guests with disabilities who require special accommodations, please contact Matthew Meier at mmeier@cinema.usc.edu with the subject line: "Accommodations Request – LOOKING AT THE STARS."



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 McClintock Avenue Entrance (formerly Gate #5) or Royal Street Entrance (formerly Gate #4) on W. Jefferson Blvd. We recommend parking in the Royal Street Parking Structure (formerly PSD), at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd, with limited non-metered spaces also available north of Jefferson and throughout the surrounding neighborhood. Especially if you plan to utilize street parking, we HIGHLY recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before the screening, as parking can be difficult to find and it may take time to walk to the theater from your parking space.

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Contact Information

Name: Matthew Meier
Email: mmeier@cinema.usc.edu