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March 4, 2020, 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 Oscilloscope Laboratories invite you and a guest to attend a special preview screening of

Saint Frances

Directed by Alex Thompson
Written by Kelly O'Sullivan
Produced by James Choi, Pierce Cravens, Ian Keiser,
Eddie Linker, Raphael Nash, Alex Thompson and Roger Welp

Followed by a Q&A with Alex Thompson and Kelly O'Sullivan

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

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


Awards Won:
SXSW Film Festival 2019 – Narrative Feature Audience Award
+ Special Jury Recognition - Breakthrough Voice
L.A. Outfest 2019 – Audience Award - HBO Outstanding First Narrative Feature
American Film Festival 2019 – Narrative Feature Audience Award
Champs-Élysées Film Festival 2019 – American Feature Film Critics’ Prize
Chicago Critics Film Festival 2019 – Narrative Feature Audience Award
Tallgrass Int’l Film Festival 2019 – Golden Strands Award for Outstanding Screenplay (Kelly O’Sullivan)
Traverse City Film Festival 2019 – Nora Ephron Prize (Kelly O’Sullivan)


World Premiere: 2019 SXSW Film Festival
Opens on Friday, March 6th, 2020 at ArcLight Hollywood

About Saint Frances

Flailing thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan) finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying six-year-old Frances (played by a scene-stealing Ramona Edith-Williams). But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication. To make matters worse, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances’s moms. Amidst her tempestuous personal relationships, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and shit-shows of becoming a part of someone else’s family.

Provided courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories. Not rated. Running time: 101 minutes.

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About the Guests

ALEX THOMPSON (Director/Producer)

A Kentucky native, Alex Thompson graduated from DePauw University and took up an assistant position at Lessall Casting, in Los Angeles, where he’d spent several summers. Months later, Thompson cast his first short as a director, IRENE & MARIE. Based on his Yiayia, the film starred Olympia Dukakis, Rose Gregorio, Burt Young, and Louis Zorich. It premiered with the Greek America Foundation and played at festivals across the country. He went on to direct several films in Chicago, including CALUMET, with Austin Pendleton, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Rome International Film Festival. That began a friendship that has endured for music videos, a web series, and two feature films as producer—OUR FATHER and KING RAT. He directed a series of dance films based on the music of composer Quinn Tsan, Bedrooms, that went on to win the Grand Prize at the In/Motion Dance Film Festival, the Jacksonville Dance Film Festival and the Flatlands International Dance Film Festival in 2016. In 2017, he directed his first feature, SAINT FRANCES, written by and starring Kelly O’Sullivan. It premiered at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. He lives in Chicago, Illinois, and visits his family frequently. He was recently listed on Newcity’s Film 50 list of “Chicago’s Screen Gems.”

KELLY O'SULLIVAN (Writer/Actor - “Bridget”)

Kelly O’Sullivan is an actor and writer originally from North Little Rock, Arkansas. SAINT FRANCES is her first feature screenplay. As an actor, she has performed at Steppenwolf Theatre, The Goodman, Writers Theatre, the Pacific Playwrights Festival, and the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Her TV and film work includes two season on USA’s Sirens, and independent films HENRY GAMBLE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY, OLYMPIA, and SLEEP WITH ME, among others. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and The School at Steppenwolf, and is a recipient of a Princess Grace Fellowship for Theatre and a 3Arts Make a Wave grantee.

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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 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 $14.00 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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