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SCA Screening of Slamdance 2021's THE SLEEPING NEGRO narrative feature film with alumni Q&A

February 24, 2021, 6:00pm PDT

Live Online Webinar

SCA Office of Industry Relations presents

An exclusive virtual screening of narrative feature


@ 6:00 P.M. PDT, Wednesday, February 24

Followed by a Q&A at 7:15 pm PDT
with Director, Writer, Producer & Actor Skinner Myers

Moderated by Merawi Gerima '18 MFA


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Any student who requires a disability-based accommodation to access the virtual screening and filmmaker discussion should contact Clementine Leger as early as possible to make the request.

Open to USC Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni,
and Industry Guests.

To see the full list of SCA filmmakers recognized at the 2021 Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals, please visit

About the Panelists

Skinner Myers (Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Actor)


SKINNER MYERS is an award-winning filmmaker based out of Los Angeles. He has written and directed 10 films, including La Tierra del ExodoNightmares by the SeaThings of Beauty Burn and Frank Embree, which took home the Grand Jury Award at Hollyshorts. His feature film debut, The Sleeping Negro, just premiered at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival. Myers has studied at Columbia University, Brooklyn College, USC School of Cinematic Arts and is currently pursuing a PhD in Film Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam.

Merawi Gerima '18 (Moderator)

Merawi Gerima is a filmmaker from Washington DC. This origin informs his work and his community-centered orientation. Residue, his first feature, was a total communal endeavor, made possible primarily by the effort of the people it attempts to portray.  Following its world premiere at the Slamdance 2020 Film Festival, Residue was honored with the festival's Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and the Acting Award for star Obinna Nwachukwu. RESIDUE is also an official selection of the 77th Venice International Film Festival’s Giornate degli Autori. Gerima is a graduate of the MFA Production program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is the son of celebrated Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima, a legendary figure in the L.A. Rebellion film movement. 

About The Sleeping Negro

The young black man, simply identified as “Man,” must resolve the personal meaning of his blackness when his white boss orders him to commit fraud to benefit the corporation. Struggling with an overwhelming sense of shame for going through with the illegal demand, Man seeks consolation by discussing his unease with a black former friend and his white fiancé. Unfortunately, his black friend brings his own toxic baggage to the table, which makes Man push him away to preserve his own psychological health. When Man’s white fiancé comes over, he confesses his conflicting emotions about their relationship, yet she struggles to hear what he’s saying because she’s stressed about her white liberal parents’ anxiety over meeting him that night. After their conversation erupts into a fight, Man realizes he’s been looking at his life through the wrong lens. Later that night, a horrifying dream further cements the fact he needs to make some tough, fundamental changes. When Man is required to evict an older black woman from her home on behalf of the corporation, he must choose between continuing to complicitly uphold the oppressive system or rebelling against it.

About Industry Relations

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Contact Information

Name: Clementine Leger