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February 20, 2020, 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

Outside the Box [Office] and Netflix invite you and a guest to attend
a preview screening of the first episode of Netflix's Original Documentary Series


The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez

Directed by Brian Knappenberger
Produced by Garrett Therolf

Followed by a Q&A with Brian Knappenberger, Doc Subject/Producer Garrett Therolf, and Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney
Jonathan Hatami

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 20th, 2020

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


Available on Netflix beginning
Wednesday, February 26th, 2020.

About The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez

In 2013, 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez died as a result of horrific and prolonged abuse by his mother and her boyfriend. In the wake of the tragedy, a demand for justice and accountability exploded in Los Angeles County. This six-part documentary series from award-winning documentarian Brian Knappenberger (Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press) offers an inside look at the trial as well as an eye-opening investigation into the government systems that failed to protect Gabriel, despite multiple reports and warning signs. Along with shedding light on an important story, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez serves as a wake-up call to reexamine the structures designed to protect children in need.

Provided courtesy of Netflix. Rated TV-MA. Running time: 47 minutes.

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About the Guests


Brian Knappenberger is an award-winning filmmaker whose most recent film, CHURCH AND THE FOURTH ESTATE, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. His previous work includes NOBODY SPEAK: TRIALS OF THE FREE PRESS (2017), the docuseries TRUTH AND POWER (2016), and the acclaimed documentary THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ (2014), which won the Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Documentary Screenplay.

Knappenberger has directed and produced other investigative documentaries for PBS, Pivot, Bloomberg Television, National Geographic, and The Discovery Channel. His Los Angeles-based production company, Luminant Media, specializes in telling compelling public-interest stories.

GARRETT THEROLF (Doc Subject, Producer)

Garrett Therolf is a reporter for the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley where he works on deeply reported stories that have appeared in The Atlantic and other publications. Prior to arriving at Berkeley, Therolf worked for the Los Angeles Times for a decade, focusing on stories about children and families. He also completed assignments for The Times in Iraq following the fall of Saddam Hussein and Egypt during the Arab Spring. Prior to that, he worked for the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), The Tampa Tribune, The (Allentown, Pa.) Morning Call and the Associated Press. Therolf received The Times’ award for best explanatory reporting, the Price Child Health and Welfare Journalism Prize three times, and recognition as a Livingston Award finalist twice. He is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown 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 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 – TRIALS OF GABRIEL FERNANDEZ."


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 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