July 24, 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 invites you and a guest to a special screening of

King of Peking


Written and Directed by Sam Voutas
Produced by Jane Zheng and SCA alum Melanie Ansley


Followed by a Q&A with Sam Voutas and Melanie Ansley

7:00 PM on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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






Best Director – Asian International Narrative Feature
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017
Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Feature Director
Washington West Film Festival 2017
Best Narrative Feature
Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival 2017
Best Screenplay, Best Performance (Zhao Jun)
Tacoma Film Festival 2017

Jury Award for Best International Feature – Tribeca Film Festival 2017
Bronze Horse Award for Best Film – Stockholm International Film Festival 2017


About King of Peking

Big Wong and his young son Little Wong are part of a fading tradition: traveling film projectionists screening Hollywood movies for villagers who otherwise don’t have access to films.

But when Big Wong’s ex-wife raises the spousal support payments, Big Wong faces the possibility of losing custody. In order to stay together, the two Wongs move to the basement of an old Beijing cinema, where Big Wong works as a janitor.

When Big Wong discovers a prototype DVD recorder for sale in a junk store, he convinces Little Wong to join a new venture: a father-son bootlegging company. He names it King of Peking in honor of their surname’s meaning: king.

Business soon booms, but in the maelstrom of making money, Big Wong realizes that he might lose something more precious than custody: his son's trust. And Little Wong learns that sometimes parents make bad choices for very good reasons.

Provided courtesy of the filmmaker. Runtime: 88 minutes. Mandarin with English subtitles. Not rated.


Director's Statement

I grew up in China, and spent a few years in the early 90s living outside of Beijing in the countryside. There were no cinemas out there. If you wanted to see a movie you needed either a VHS player (which few had) or you’d have to wait for the traveling projectionists to hit town. On weekends I’d go and sit under the stars with anyone who lived nearby, and we’d watch Hollywood movies projected on a sheet on a basketball court. With the arrival of digital video discs, which brought pirated movies into most homes in China, the traveling projectionists disappeared. I always wondered what happened to them, and how many had embraced the new technology in order to survive. 

I spent most of my 20s in China with my head down, hungrily pursuing goals that were squarely for my own self-interest. A few years ago I was about to be a first time dad. Coming to terms with impending fatherhood, I realized that from now on I’d need to try and set a good example for my daughter. I needed to shift my life from “what can I get away with” to whether it’s actually a good role model for her. Sure, I might fail in my efforts, but at least I had to give it a go. 

And so, with memories from my childhood in the back of my head, I started writing this story about parents and piracy. This is an exploration of how the paths we choose as adults can affect our kids, and how sometimes it’s not just the child who has to grow up.

— Sam Voutas


About the Guests

SAM VOUTAS (Writer, Director)
An Australian, Sam was raised in Beijing in the 80s and 90s. He is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents, the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and the Toronto Film Festival Talent Lab. His 2010 Chinese language feature film, Red Light Revolution, was recently included on the British Film Institute’s list of “10 Great Films Set in Beijing”. That film was released theatrically in Canada, the UK, and Singapore, and won the People’s Choice Award at the 2011 Singapore International Film Festival. Sam also played the role of Durdin in Lu Chuan’s City of Life and Death (Toronto International Film Festival 2009).

MELANIE ANSLEY (Producer, USC Alumna)
Half Chinese and half Canadian, Melanie was born in Windsor, Ontario but grew up in China. She started her producing career in social documentaries. She received development funding from CBC (Canada) for her documentary Shanghai Bride, which screened on the Knowledge Network in 2008. In 2010 she produced Red Light Revolution, directed by Sam Voutas. Melanie then completed her MFA in Producing at the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark program, where she was awarded the 2014 Women in Film scholarship. She also co-wrote Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha, starring Horatio Sanz and James Franco. In 2015 she won a student Emmy for the web series Miss Mustard Glade.


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 with the subject line: "Accommodations Request – KING OF PEKING."



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