January 16, 2024, 7:00 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office], USC Thornton School of Music, USC Institute of Armenian Studies,
Armenian Film Society, and Breakwater Studios, invite you and a guest to attend


A Special Theatrical Screening of


Directed by Ben Proudfoot & Kris Bowers
Produced by Ben Proudfoot, Kris Bowers,
Jeremy Lambert, and Josh Rosenberg

Followed by a Q&A with Ben Proudfoot & Kris Bowers
Moderated by Nana Adwoa Frimpong

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 16th, 2024

Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007



About The Last Repair Shop

Los Angeles is the largest and one of the last American cities to provide free and freely repaired musical instruments to its public schoolchildren, a continuous service since 1959.

From Academy Award-nominated directing duo Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers, The Last Repair Shop grants access to the nondescript, downtown warehouse in which a dwindling handful of devoted craftspeople keep over 80,000 student instruments in good repair.

Witness the profound life stories of four staff master craftspeople as well as the students whose lives have been transformed by their instrument. In the repair people’s stories, music has been the continuous thread that has mended their hearts and brought them to where they are now — fixing broken instruments to get them back into the longing hands of Los Angeles’ public school youth.

Provided courtesy of Breakwater Studios. Running time: 39 minutes.

About the Guests

KRIS BOWERS (Co-Director, Producer, Composer)

Kris Bowers is an Emmy® Award-winning, two-time Grammy ® -nominated and Academy Award ® -nominated filmmaker and composer. A Juilliard-educated pianist, Bowers creates genre-defying music that pays homage to his jazz roots— with inflections of alternative and R&B influences. Composing the original scores for Best Picture GREEN BOOK and Netflix hit QUEEN CHARLOTTE among many notable credits, Bowers has established himself at the forefront of Hollywood’s emerging generation of composers. Bowers is currently gearing up for the release of some of his most highly anticipated projects, including Ava DuVernay’s ORIGIN later this year, Warner Bros. THE COLOR PURPLE, to be released in theaters December 25th and BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE due early 2024. As an accomplished filmmaker, Bowers has multiple projects in development through his Et Al Studios Productions. Most recently, he co-directed the documentary THE LAST REPAIR SHOP alongside Ben Proudfoot, releasing this November by Searchlight Pictures and L.A. Times Studios. Previously, Bowers garnered an Oscar nomination for “Best Documentary Short Film” for his film A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION (2020), which he also directed alongside Ben Proudfoot.

BEN PROUDFOOT (Co-Director, Producer, SCA Alumnus)

An Academy Award®-winning short documentary director and entrepreneur, Ben Proudfoot is the creative force behind Breakwater Studios. The studio’s work has been recognized by the Academy Awards®, The Emmys, The Peabody Awards, Critics Choice Documentary Awards, The James Beard Awards, the Sundance Film Festival, Telluride, and the Tribeca Film Festival among others. Proudfoot was named one of Forbes "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's School of Cinematic Arts. Proudfoot is an accomplished sleight-of-hand magician and has performed at The Magic Castle in Los Angeles.


Nana Adwoa Frimpong is a Ghanaian-Canadian director, writer, and creative producer who works across narrative and documentary film to illuminate stories of women and people of color. Nana’s passion for storytelling is marked by her past community organizing work around accessibility rights for students. Her advocacy led to the implementation of the first genderless bathrooms in the University of Toronto Scarborough’s 58-year-old history, the publication of the first online print journal, MAYA, to honor women storytellers on campus, headlining a woman’s storytelling conference with Founder and Executive Director of the Me Too Movement, Tarana Burke, and hosting the annual 2017 TEDxUTSC conference as the first woman to do so. In her latest short documentary, Healing in Color, which premiered on Magic Johnson’s AspireTV and PBS as part of the annual Fine Cut Festival, Nana follows a group of Black women exploring healing through visual art. In her work, Nana remains committed to using art as a vessel for truth-telling and self-articulation – an invitation she hopes compels others to tell their stories too.

Nana has moderated Q+A’s through USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and IMAX, having spoken with filmmakers such as Kevin Feige, Sam Pollard, Garrett Bradley, Miranda July, and several others. She most recently served as a Peabody Awards Screening Committee Member in the documentary branch and was a George Lucas Scholar at USC where she completed her MFA in Film and Television Production. Upon graduating, Nana was awarded The Order of Arête, USC’s highest honor for her notable contribution to the university, academic discipline, and community. Today, Nana is the Chief of Staff and Executive Media and Communications Director at the Academy-Award-winning Breakwater Studios, a short documentary company.

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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.

Accessibility Needs

The School of Cinematic Arts is able to accommodate most accessibility requests, including closed captioning. To ensure that requests can be handled properly, please contact Alex Ago, SCA Director of Programming, with your accessibility needs:


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Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago