War, Justice, and Democracy in the Films of Steven Spielberg Presents: LINCOLN (2012)

April 16, 2024, 6:30 P.M.

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

The USC School of Cinematic Arts, USC Visions & Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative,
DreamWorks Pictures, and Walt Disney Motion Pictures, invite you and a guest to attend

War, Justice, and Democracy
in the Films of Steven

A series of seven screenings and conversations hosted by Luis Moreno Ocampo & Ted Braun
Continuing on Tuesday, April 16th with a Special Theatrical Screening of

LINCOLN (2012)

Nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including Best Picture,
Best Director - Steven Spielberg, and Best Adapted Screenplay - Tony Kushner
Winner of 2 Academy Awards, including Best Actor - Daniel Day Lewis
Lincoln Poster

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Screenplay by Tony Kushner

Produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg

Followed by a Zoom Q&A with Screenwriter Tony Kushner,
in conversation with Luis Moreno Ocampo and Ted Braun

6:30 P.M. on Tuesday, April 16th, 2024

Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall
University of Southern California
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007




War, Justice, and Democracy in the Films of Steven Spielberg is generously sponsored by
USC Visions and Voices

About Lincoln (2012)

From DreamWorks Pictures and legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes an epic film that chronicles the untold story of the final four months of the man regarded as America's greatest President. Featuring an all star ensemble cast led by Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, this movie explores Lincoln not just as the commander-in-chief of a country in chaos, but also as a man with moral courage and hope, a progressive thinker who challenged the status quo. Starring an all-star cast including Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and James Spader.

Provided Courtesy of Walt Disney Motion Pictures. Rated PG-13. Running time: 150 minutes.

About War, Justice, and Democracy in the Films of Steven Spielberg

Founding Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno Ocampo, and Ted Braun, Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics, examine how the films of Steven Spielberg have articulated and shaped global narratives of war, justice, and democracy in the 21st century. Accompanying screenings of six of Spielberg’s major late films, the program will offer analysis by Ocampo and Braun in conversation with, schedules permitting, the writers of Saving Private RyanSchindler’s ListBridge of SpiesMunichMinority Report, and Lincoln, and an evening with Steven Spielberg, schedule depending. The program explores how this group of Spielberg’s films connect emotion with thought - connect the human lives of characters with institutional ideas that promote national democracy and transcend borders.

About the Guests

TONY KUSHNER (Screenwriter)

Tony Kushner's plays include A Bright Room Called DayAngels in America, Parts One and TwoSlavs!Homebody/Kabul; the musical Caroline, or Change and the opera A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck, both with composer Jeanine Tesori; and The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide To Capitalism And Socialism With A Key To The  Scriptures. He has adapted Pierre Corneille's The Illusion, S.Y. Ansky's The Dybbuk, Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan and Mother Courage and Her Children; and the English-language libretto for the opera Brundibár by Hans Krasa.  He wrote the screenplay for Mike Nichols's film of Angels In America; the screenplays for Steven Spielberg's films Munich, Lincoln, and West Side Story; and The Fabelmans, co-written and directed by Steven SpielbergHis books include Brundibar, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The Art of Maurice Sendak, 1980 to the Present; and Wrestling With Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award, three Oscar nominations, and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, among other honors. In 2012, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.

LUIS MORENO OCAMPO (Founding Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court)

Luis Moreno Ocampo was the Founding Chief Prosecutor of the new and permanent International Criminal Court (2003-12). There are seven documentaries presenting parts of his work at the ICC, including Darfur Now and Kony 2012. Previously, he had a critical role during the transition to Democracy in Argentina. He was Deputy Prosecutor in the trial against the "Military Junta," a case depicted in the Amazon production, Argentina 1985, a 2023 Academy Award nominee for Best International Feature Film, and 2023 Golden Globe winner.

Currently, he lectures at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts on films and war, crimes, and justice. Previously he was a Visiting Professor at Stanford, and Harvard University, Law School. In November 2022 Oxford University Press published his book “War and Justice in the 21st Century,” describing his nine years of practice as the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor. He is presently involved in private practice assisting Armenian people suffering a genocide in 2023.

TED BRAUN (SCA Professor, Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics)

Writer-Director Ted Braun’s feature documentary, ¡Viva Maestro!, about conductor Gustavo Dudamel, premiered theatrically in 2022, was nominated for the WGA award for best feature documentary of 2022, and is currently streaming on MAX. Set against unfolding violence and social unrest in Dudamel’s home of Venezuela the film is an exploration of art in a time of political crisis. It’s his second film with Participant which co-financed his feature debut Darfur Now. Darfur Now was named one of 2007’s top five documentaries by the National Board of Review, won the International Documentary Association’s Emerging Filmmaker Award and the NAACP Image Award. His docu-thriller Betting On Zero received a WGA nomination for best feature documentary of 2017, and a special jury mention for investigative work at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Braun teaches screenwriting at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and is the Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics. In 2018 Variety named him one of the world’s Top Ten Teachers in Film and TV.

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 6:00 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


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Contact Information

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