USC-MISC Newsletter: Summer 2015


Filming Now: Summer 2015

Live@SunsetMarquis' summer benefit concert series: The live music events support emerging artists and Music for Relief, a nonprofit organization founded by the band Linkin Park to aid disaster relief efforts and their work with environmental issues.  

The Pamoja Project: Audrey Emerson & her crew are currently filming in Tanzania. The documentary film tells the inspiring stories of 3 Tanzanian women who have had impressive social impact in East Africa through their work in the fields of education, microfinance and health. You can follow the filmmakers' journey at

Trademark and Licensing PSA: USC-MISC is shooting a public service announcement for the USC Office of Trademarks & Licensing, which will highlight the benefits of purchasing licensed merchandise and the societal risks of buying counterfeit products.

  One way to ensure you're making a responsible purchase is to look for an authentic CLPA hangtag/hologram (Example Below)


Crossing Desert & Sea: A documentary project using art to empower Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the Middle East. Learn more about the film and how you can help at 

The Interpreter: One interpreter from the Afghan War is killed every 36 hours by the Taliban while waiting on a special immigrant visa promised by the US government. You can watch the trailer and learn more about the project from Robert Ham & USC-MISC's Jenna Cavelle on The Interpreter's kickstarter page, which is live now. 


  • Faisal Attrache's "Growing Home" recently won the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Visit the film's website to watch the trailer and learn more about how "Growing Home" is spreading awareness about the conflict in Syria.







This upcoming semester, all USC undergraduate students will have the opportunity to pursue the minor in media and social change offered by the School of Cinematic Arts. We hope the minor will attract students from all fields of study who want to learn how they can influence the future by integrating social issues into their work.


We are pleased to announce the recipient of this year's USC-MISC Scholarship is Liv Nelson!

“I am honored to receive this award. I’m drawn to stories that have social issues woven into the narratives, I always have been. I’m currently working on projects that deal with the issues of body image in Hollywood, gun violence, and bullying in schools. My ongoing affiliation with MISC will allow me to continue to use media to shed light on these issues” 
- Liv Nelson


MY HERO Project is now accepting submissions for the 2015 MY HERO International Film Festival through August 1st, 2015. Visit for details

We are working to upgrade our youtube channel into a pro-social video hub. If you've created a video and would like us to feature it, email a link and description to for consideration


*'San Andreas' 6 things the movie gets right about earthquakes
*School of Cinematic Arts introduces new minor
*Student filmmaker acts globally
*Actress A-List roundtable discuss race, sexism,aging in Hollywood
*Filmmaker's journey to change the world
*Jeff Skoll: making movies that make change


To support a future of social change media makers, donations can be made by choosing "Customize Your Gift" and selecting Media Institute for Social Change (MISC)
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