November 1, 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, PBS, and Independent Lens invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Charm City

Directed by Marilyn Ness
Produced by Katy Chevigny and Marilyn Ness
Co-Produced by Meryam Bouadjemi and Andre Lambertson


Followed by a Q&A with SCA Student Meryam Bouadjemi

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 1, 2018

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



Shortlisted for the 2018 IDA Documentary Award



About Charm City

On the streets of Baltimore, shooting is rampant, the murder rate is approaching an all-time high and the distrust of the police is at a fever pitch. With nerves frayed and neighborhoods in distress, dedicated community leaders, compassionate law-enforcement officers and a progressive young city councilman try to stem the epidemic of violence. Filmed over three tumultuous years covering the lead up to, and aftermath of, Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, CHARM CITY is an intimate cinema verité portrait of those surviving in, and fighting for, the vibrant city they call home.

Presented by PBS. Not rated. Runtime: 107 minutes.

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About the Guest

MERYAM BOUADJEMI (Co-Producer, Starkie)
Meryam was born, raised and came of age in Baltimore, MD. She is the Coproducer of the critically acclaimed documentary, Charm City and founder of Jean Hill Studios, an impact media firm. Her credits include the official Sundance Film Festival Selection, This is Home (from Director Alexandra Shiva and Executive Producer Jason Blum), ESPN’s 30 for 30: Baltimore Boys (from Director, Sheldon Candis) and Spent (from Executive Producer, Davis Guggenheim). She is the founder of Close Up Baltimore, a collaborative photojournalism series that highlighted a more authentic, hopeful narrative of Baltimore following 2015’s Unrest. Baltimore Style characterized the platform as “a smarter, more effective way to show the city to its best advantage.” In partnership with the Straus Foundation, Meryam is currently developing a venture-capital approach to diversity and representation in filmmaking. She is continuing this work while attending University of Southern California’s prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program. Her work has been featured on NPR and WYPR and in The Baltimore Sun, International Business Times and Baltimore Style Magazine. Meryam is an Open Society Institute Fellow.

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 who require special accommodations, please contact Matthew Meier at with the subject line: "Accommodations Request – CHARM CITY."


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