MISC Director Michael Taylor speaks with AFP journalist Jocelyne Zablit about Hollywood studios threatening to shut down productions in the state of Georgia if the “Heartbeat Law” stands up to legal challenges and goes into effect in January 2020.
On Friday April 26th, as part of the Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making conference “Next Generation Ethics: Where Do We Stand”, Professor and MISC Executive Director Michael Taylor spoke on a panel moderated by Frank Zerunyan, Professor of Practice of Governance, Price School of Public Policy.
MISC collaborated with the Banyan Foundation for a second time to work with Heart Of Los Angeles (HOLA) for a video showcasing HOLA’s efforts to unite partners with youth and their families to transform communities.
This spring, USC MISC produced a short film, Maya and Lily, in collaboration with the Stein Early Childhood Development Fund at CCF (California Community Foundation), to demonstrate the devastating effects that the lack of access to childcare has on families already struggling to make ends meet. On the night of the screening, MISC also hosted an expert panel of media creators and child care policy experts, who discussed how entertainment can prompt broader discussions about childcare.
Lalo's House, a narrative film about child trafficking that was filmed on location in Haiti was mentored by MISC Executive Director Michael Taylor. Many of this year's winning films had social impact messages.
The event was held at the USC School of Cinematic Arts on Sept. 26. Titled Producing Diversity: A Conversation Presented by MISC and the PGA, it brought four prominent producers to SCA to discuss the impact of diversity on Hollywood: Janet Yang, who moderated, was joined by Stephanie Allain, Teddy Zee, Terence Paul Winter.
The inaugural event, held at a pizza restaurant near campus, focused on discussing “Crazy Rich Asians,” directed by USC alumnus Jon Chu, which came out in August 2018 and is one of the year’s most talked about films.