April 12, 2023, 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], USC Office of Sustainability,
USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center - Hollywood, Health & Society,
USC Annenberg Center for Climate Journalism and Communication,
and USC Dornsife Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies,

invite you and a guest to attend


A Special Theatrical Screening of the new AppleTV+ Series


Episode 104: Face of God

Followed by a Q&A with Series Creator Scott Z. Burns
and Executive Producer Dorothy Fortenberry

Moderated by Joe Árvai, Director of The Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 12th, 2023

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
George Lucas Building, School of Cinematic Arts Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007




Presented together with Assignment: Earth,
USC’s 2028 Sustainability Framework
during USC's EARTH MONTH Celebrations

About Extrapolations

Extrapolations is a bracing drama from writer, director and executive producer Scott Z. Burns that introduces a near future where the chaotic effects of climate change have become embedded into our everyday lives. Eight interwoven stories about love, work, faith and family from across the globe will explore the intimate, life-altering choices that must be made when the planet is changing faster than the population. Every story is different, but the fight for our future is universal. And when the fate of humanity is up against a ticking clock, the battle between courage and complacency has never been more urgent. Are we brave enough to become the solution to our own undoing before it’s too late?

The series stars Meryl Streep, Sienna Miller, Kit Harington, Daveed Diggs, Edward Norton, Diane Lane, Tahar Rahim, Yara Shahidi, Matthew Rhys, Gemma Chan, David Schwimmer, Adarsh Gourav, Keri Russell, Marion Cotillard, Forest Whitaker, Eiza González, Murray Bartlett, Indira Varma, Tobey Maguire, MaameYaa Boafo, Hari Nef, Heather Graham, Michael Gandolfini, Cherry Jones, Gaz Choudhry, Ben Harper, Judd Hirsch and Neska Rose.

Extrapolations is executive produced by Burns, Gregory Jacobs, Dorothy Fortenberry and Media Res’ Michael Ellenberg and Lindsey Springer.

About the Guests

SCOTT Z. BURNS (Creator, Executive Producer, Director, Writer)

Scott Z. Burns is a screenwriter, director, producer, and playwright. Burns began his career in advertising, working on everything from beer to cars to athletic shoes. Before leaving the industry, he was part of the team that created the “Got Milk?” campaign.

His work in film includes producing the Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” as well as “An Inconvenient Sequel” and “Sea of Shadows.” Burns’ writing credits include “The Bourne Ultimatum” for Paul Greengrass, as well as “The Informant!,” “Contagion,” “Side Effects” and “The Laundromat” for director Steven Soderbergh. Burns’ directing credits include “PU-239” starring Oscar Isaac and Paddy Considine and the Golden Globe-nominated film “The Report” starring Adam Driver, Annette Bening and Jon Hamm. Burns’ stage play “The Library,” which deals with a high school shooting, was produced at The Public Theater and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New American Play.

Burns is an advisor at the Sundance Institute and a member of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Leadership Committee. Burns attended the University of Minnesota where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in English Literature.

DOROTHY FORTENBERRY (Executive Producer)

Dorothy Fortenberry is a screenwriter, playwright, and essayist. As a television writer and producer, she has worked on “The 100” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” for which she received multiple Emmy nominations, the PGA Award, and two WGA Awards. Her plays have been produced across the country including “Partners” (Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival), “Species Native to California” (IAMA Theatre), and “The Lotus Paradox” (Warehouse Theatre).

As an essayist, she has written about subjects both personal and political for publications including Commonweal, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Real Simple. She was a recipient of the 2011 Helen Merrill Award for emerging playwrights and is the 2021 laureate of the George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Journalism, Arts & Letters for outstanding work in the category of fiction writer or dramatist. She currently has several television projects in development, and she promises not all of them are apocalyptic. She lives with her family in Burbank.

DR. JOE ÁRVAI (Moderator)

Dr. Joe Árvai is the Dana and David Dornsife Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology, and he is the Director of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at the University of Southern California.

In advance of this agenda, Joe and his lab of post-doctoral scholars and graduate students conduct research aimed at improving our understanding of how people intuitively make judgments and decisions about, primarily, environmental issues and sustainability. They couple this research with the development and testing of tools and approaches that can be used by people to improve decision quality across a broad range of environmental, social, and economic contexts. Decision quality, in this case, is measured by the degree to which people’s values and objectives align with their ultimate judgments and choices.

All of this research conducted in Joe’s lab is applied, and accounts for judgment and decision-making by a broad spectrum of public and stakeholder groups, as well as by technical experts, business leaders, and policy-makers. Likewise, Joe and his group conduct research across a wide range of contexts, ranging from environmental risk management to consumer choice and policy-making.

In addition to Joe’s work at USC, he is a frequent advisor to government, business, and NGOs. He is a former member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chartered Science Advisory Board, and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Environmental Change and Society. He is also a Senior Researcher at the Decision Science Research Institute in Eugene, OR, and he is an Adjunct Professor in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

In his spare time, Joe likes to make photographs, ride motorcycles, and climb mountains.

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About Assignment: Earth

Assignment: Earth is USC's sustainability framework for a greener campus and planet. Developed by teams of faculty, students, and staff from across the university and launched on Earth Day 2022, Assignment: Earth formalizes USC's commitment to addressing climate change and creating a more sustainable future. It will guide the university's actions through 2028 and beyond and enable us to adapt to innovations and new solutions as they emerge.


Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. A reservation confirmation 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.


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Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu