February 21, 2024, 7:00 P.M.

The Albert & Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] invites you and a guest to attend

A Special Black History Month Celebration Screening of


Written & Directed by Valerie J. Tucker
Producer by Xavier Higgs
Executive Produced by Valerie J. Tucker and Caleb Quaye

Followed by a Q&A with Valerie J. Tucker,
Xavier Higgs and Editor David Bland

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 21st, 2024

The Albert & Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



About Louder Than Rock

Louder Than Rock is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the life of musician Caleb Quaye, one of the most talented, in-demand guitarists that emerged from the early days of UK’s rock n’ roll scene in the ‘70s. Quaye was instrumental in landing Elton John (then known as Reginald Dwight) his first music gig and later was John’s first guitarist, which launched Quaye on an unforgettable ride through one of music’s most pivotal periods. “Louder Than Rock” tells the story of Quaye’s journey from rags to riches and back to rags to redemption and ultimately leading him to faith. It’s a story of Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Redemption.

Running time: 97 minutes.


About the Guests

VALERIE J. TUCKER (Writer, Director, Executive Producer)

Valerie J. Tucker, the visionary behind GloRoc Productions LLC (circa 2014) and VALJTUC Management (circa 2006), is a multi-talented force in the entertainment industry. As the owner of GloRoc Productions and VALJTUC Management, she wears various hats for notable acts like Caleb Quaye and The Faculty, Hawkins Jazz Collective, and formerly The George Lesiw Band.

Her journey began in 1981 at Video Productions Inc. in New York City, where she produced and edited TV Record Offer commercials, television specials, and music videos. Tucker supervised international conversions for the soap operas "Ryan's Hope" and "Loving" for RAI Italian Television.

Throughout her career, Tucker has garnered numerous accolades, including two Senior Producer Emmy Awards for «Songs Of Our Success», a LA Press Club award for the best documentary in 2001 and seven Emmy Awards for editing dating back to 1996. In 2010, she served as a Creative Consultant on documentaries "Kink Crusaders" and "Folsom Forever," produced by Third Rail Media and featured in film festivals worldwide.

Currently residing in Orange County, California, Tucker is the Writer, Director and Executive Producer of the documentary "Louder Than Rock" about legendary rock guitarist Caleb Quaye (Elton John, Hall & Oates). A native of Norwalk, CT, she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of New Haven in 1981.


Xavier Higgs is a retired former breaking news, general assignment reporter and photojournalist. He covered local government, crime and whatever else came up at several newspapers and television stations in Southern California and South Florida.

For more than 40 years as a writer and photojournalist his photographs, videos and articles have appeared in several Los Angeles newspapers including the Pasadena Star News, LA Sentinel and national magazines and digital sites. Early in his career Xavier was a photojournalist for WTVJ, WPLG Tv Miami and WJXT Tv Jacksonville Fl. Additionally, he recently co-produced the bio documentary ‘Louder Than Rock’ and photographed the covers of Caleb Quaye’s autobiography‘Louder Than Rock’, and Terrence Roberts’ book ‘Lessons From Little Rock’.

Xavier is co-producer of the documentary "Louder Than Rock”, the bio-documentary about legendary rock guitarist Caleb Quaye.

Born in Ft. Lauderdale, Xavier is a graduate of the Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism and a former member of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Society of Professional Journalists/LA, and member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and former President of NABJ – Los Angeles.


David Bland has spent 16 years in LA broadcast news but this is his first feature length documentary. Beginning in 1981, David has been involved in almost every aspect of broadcast television production having worked for Univision, ABC and KTTV/Fox in Los Angeles. An accomplished video editor, David has won local Emmy awards for his work on the morning show, Good Day LA during his tenure at KTTV.David is very passionate about music; he has over 10,000 tracks on his iPod ranging from the Mozart to Motorhead. With “Louder Than Rock”, David has been able to use his love of music to inform the way the film is edited.When not editing, David has been pursuing a career in commercial acting. He has made a name for himself locally in a “1-800-NO-CUFFS” spot.

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. The series draws 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. 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: aago@cinema.usc.edu


On-campus parking at the University of Southern California is limited. We recommend buying a day pass for the Royal Street Structure, located at the intersection of Royal Street and W. Jefferson Blvd. Parking passes are $20/car. For more information about parking at USC, please visit USC Transportation Website:


Contact Information

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