Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7:30pm
Ray Stark Family Theatre (SCA)
900 West 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP at the links below beginning Thursday, August 24, at 9 a.m.
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One bullet. Three lives. Everyone pays.
Join us for a special preview screening of Shot, the latest film by Jeremy Kagan, USC cinematic arts professor and founder of The Change Making Media Lab. Developed as a response to the epidemic gun violence in America, Shot follows a couple on the verge of divorce and a bullied teenager as the three find their lives changed forever because of a gun. Starring Noah Wyle, Sharon Leal, and newcomer Jorge Lendeborg, Jr., this visceral roller coaster ride gives the audience a real-time experience of everything that happens when someone is shot, from falling onto a sidewalk, to the excruciating wait for help, the arrival of police and EMTs, the ambulance ride, and the ER care, through an emotional journey of shock, pain, fear, gallows humor, mixing the struggle to understand, revenge, forgive, and redeem. Using multiple screen techniques for an emotionally immersive film experience, Shot follows the three main characters simultaneously, including a terrified teen and his efforts to avoid being caught. And in a confrontation that takes place after their lives are turned upside-down, the movie asks if reconciliation is possible.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on gun violence and its repercussions with director Jeremy Kagan; Jody D. Armour, the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at USC; David J. Schonfeld, Professor of the Practice in the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement; and Gabriel Lopez, gun shot victim and employee at Homeboy Industries.
About the Filmmaker:
Jeremy Kagan is an internationally recognized director, writer, and producer of feature films and television and a popular tenured professor. Among his past feature film credits are Heroes about a returning vet, the political thriller The Big Fix, The Chosen (two-time Grand Prize winner), and The Journey of Natty Gann (Gold Prize Moscow Film Festival). Among his television shows are Katherine: The Making of an American Revolutionary, and HBO’s Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 (ACE Award for Best Dramatic Special). His film Roswell, The UFO Cover-Up garnered a Golden Globe nomination. Other television films include, The Color of Justice about racism, Bobbie’s Girl about a lesbian couple, and Crown Heights about the 1991 riots. This movie won the Humanitas Award for "affirming the dignity of every person." Professor Kagan has won an EMMY for Dramatic Series Directing and directed many television shows including West Wing, Steven Spielberg's Taken, and the pilot for the hit series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. He produced and directed a ten-part series called Freedom Files on issues of social justice including racial profiling, LGBT rights, voting rights, the drug wars, dissent, women’s rights, and religious freedom. Professor Kagan teaches graduate courses at USC in directing and has created the Change Making Media Lab.
Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.