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Two OSCAR®-Shortlisted Short Films by SCA Alumni: THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL & PLEASE HOLD

January 19, 2022, 6:00 P.M. PST

Live Online Webinar

Outside the Box [Office] invites you to attend

A special live online screening of

Two OSCAR®-Shortlisted Short Films
by SCA Alumni:

The Queen of Basketball & Please Hold

Followed by a Live Virtual Q&A with SCA Alumni Filmmakers
Ben Proudfoot, Brandon Somerhalder, K.D. Dávila, and Omer Levin Menekse

Moderated by SCA MFA Candidate Nana Adwoa Frimpong

6:00 P.M. PST on Wednesday, January 19th, 2022


Both short films will be screened directly through the Webinar.
Total running time: 41 minutes.

Open to all USC Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and the General Public.


About the Shorts


USA, 22 minutes. Directed by SCA Alumnus Ben Proudfoot. Produced and Cinematography by SCA Alumnus Brandon Somerhalder.
She is one of the greatest living women’s basketball players. 3 national trophies. Scored the first basket in women’s Olympic basketball at the ‘76 Olympics. Drafted to the NBA. But have you ever heard of Lucy Harris?

Ben Proudfoot (Director/SCA Alumnus)
Ben Proudfoot is the Oscar® nominated creative force behind Breakwater Studios. Dedicated to the art of the short documentary, the studio’s work has been recognized by the Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca, Hot Docs, The Emmys, The Webbys, James Beard Foundation, and Telluride among others. His recent film A Concerto is a Conversation, co-directed by Kris Bowers and executive produced by Ava DuVernay, debuted at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, was released by The New York Times Op-Docs, and received an Academy Award® nomination for best documentary short subject. Proudfoot was named one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” for his leadership and innovation in the brand-funded documentary space. He hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Proudfoot is an accomplished sleight-of-hand magician and has performed at The Magic Castle in Los Angeles.

Brandon Somerhalder (Producer/DP/SCA Alumnus)
Brandon Somerhalder is a cinematographer and producer born in Colorado and raised in the beautiful state of Kansas. Most recently, he was co-DP on the Oscar-nominated short documentary A Concerto Is A Conversation, directed by Kris Bowers and Ben Proudfoot, and has produced on and shot two short documentary series with The New York Times, Almost Famous, of which The Queen of Basketball is included, and Cause of Life, also with Proudfoot and Breakwater Studios. He was a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and resides in Los Angeles. 

PLEASE HOLD (Live Action Short)

USA, 19 minutes. Directed by SCA Alumna K.D. Dávila. Written by SCA Alumni OMer Levin Menekse and K.D. Dávila. Produced by SCA Alumni Marc Mounier, Diego Najera, and Omer Levin Menekse.
In the near future, a young man is wrongfully arrested due to a computer error. Realizing he has no means of recourse in the fully automated, fully privatized justice system, he attempts to reach a human being who can set things right.

K.D. Dávila (Writer/Director/SCA Alumna)
K.D. Dávila is a Mexican-American filmmaker and writer from Los Angeles. She is the writer of the upcoming Amazon feature EMERGENCY, which will premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The film is based on the short of the same name, which won Best Narrative Short at SXSW 2018 and the Special Jury Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Her directorial debut PLEASE HOLD is currently on the shortlist for the 2022 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. KD has written for several television shows, most recently MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM, and is now developing a new series for CBS Studios.

Omer Levin Menekse (Writer/Porducer/SCA Alumnus)
Omer Levin Menekse is a Turkish American writer whose screenplay THE PROCESS was featured on the 2019 blacklist and is being developed by Pioneer Pictures. He co-wrote and co-produced the short film PLEASE HOLD that has been shortlisted by the Academy for 2022. He is currently developing projects with Jerrod Carmicheal and Bad Robot. He's an Annenberg and Project Involve fellow and is currently represented by Verve and Lit Entertainment.

About Nana Adwoa Frimpong (Moderator)

Nana Adwoa Frimpong is an MFA Candidate in the Film and Television Production program at USC. Before that, Nana attended the University of Toronto where she graduated with Distinction in English. While a student, Nana hosted the fifth annual TEDx conference, served as Vice-President Equity of the student union, and created the online and print photo journal, Maya, to honor women storytellers. Nana is committed to directing, writing, and producing stories that illuminate the humanity of women, girls, and people of color, while at the same time creating more opportunities for women to collaborate behind the camera. At USC, Nana is a George Lucas Scholar and the recipient of the John Huston Scholarship for Directing. Her short film, What Nina Said, about black women and their experiences of misogyny, shame, and liberation was a finalist in the 2020 Women in Cinematic Arts Feminist Festival.

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