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The Price Projection Room (PPR) features engaging conversations about film and television with interesting folks and USC experts from across disciplines (public policy, governance, theatre, and cinema) to look at visual storytelling, media literacy, diversity, and the public good. Hosted by Erroll Southers, PPR reminds us that film and TV are powerful and passionate mediums that not only entertain, but reflect and comment on our society. Culture, policy, and politics affect our everyday lives, ideas about how we live, and how we live together. It also influences what we watch, as well as what we take away from those programs. We want to be smarter about the images and stories we see, and how we can be better together.

The Price Projection Room (PPR) features engaging conversations about film and television with interesting folks and USC experts from across disciplines (public policy, governance, theatre, and cinema) to look at visual storytelling, media literacy, diversity, and the public good. Hosted by Erroll Southers, PPR reminds us that film and TV are powerful and passionate mediums that not only entertain, but reflect and comment on our society. Culture, policy, and politics affect our everyday lives, ideas about how we live, and how we live together. It also influences what we watch, as well as what we take away from those programs. We want to be smarter about the images and stories we see, and how we can be better together.
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The Price Projection Room (PPR) features engaging conversations about film and television with interesting folks and USC experts from across disciplines (public policy, governance, theatre, and cinema) to look at visual storytelling, media literacy, diversity, and the public good. Hosted by Erroll Southers, PPR reminds us that film and TV are powerful and passionate mediums that not only entertain, but reflect and comment on our society. Culture, policy, and politics affect our everyday lives, ideas about how we live, and how we live together. It also influences what we watch, as well as what we take away from those programs. We want to be smarter about the images and stories we see, and how we can be better together.

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Episodes

Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013 - dir. Jeff Barnaby)

10/29/2018
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Rhymes for Young Ghouls, written and directed by Jeff Barnaby is set on the Red Crow Mi'g Maq reservation in 1976. It follows 15 year old Aila as she navigates growing up in a country which imposes taxes and violence upon those who wish to preserve heritage, language, and way of living. She must also face the violence & addiction within her family, within her own community. The children of the Crow have a common enemy. The sadistic truancy officer, Popper. Popper torments the children with...

Duration:01:03:11

Wind River - feat. Special Guests

10/22/2018
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As follow up to our discussion of the film, Wind River, we are joined by partners in the Native Women in Film & Television organization. Native Women in Film & Television is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for American Indian & Indigenous women, encouraging the creative narrative by native women, exploring and empowering portrayals of women in all forms of global media, expanding empowerment initiatives for native women and girls, in the arts, media,...

Duration:01:02:25

Wind River (2017 - dir. Taylor Sheridan)

10/22/2018
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Wind River, written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, is the story of Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner), a wildlife officer who finds the body of an 18-year-old woman on an American Indian reservation in snowy Wyoming. Young FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) arrives to investigate. This Florida native must work with Lambert as a guide, to get to the bottom of why a young woman would run miles, barefoot, in the late night snow. Cory is also haunted by the death of his teen daughter just a...

Duration:00:58:26

We Are Birds: A California Indian Story (dir. Albert Chacon)

10/15/2018
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For many indigenous people living in the US today, the past had been cut off from them. We Are Birds Director Albert Chacon discovered this history through the tradition of birdsinging – bird songs are the oral tradition of passing down the family’s story through song and dance. The old rituals designed to keep history and spirit of the family and tribe alive. “Ay, every generation, every man is a part of his past. He cannot escape it, but he may reform the old materials, make something...

Duration:00:53:04

A Star Is Born (2018 - dir. Bradley Cooper)

10/12/2018
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The latest remake of A Star is Born is, well … is getting mixed reviews. Some are rapturous (like this, this, or this and especially this) others not so much (for instance: this, this, or this). Our panel discuss this latest version in the "there is always a possibility of getting discovered" American myths. This version stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga with Cooper also directing. It is the story of a musician who meets and falls for a young singer. He helps her find fame, as age...

Duration:01:17:40

Powwow Highway with Cast Members

10/8/2018
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We are thrilled to share this conversation about Powwow Highway with you! A. Martinez, Amanda Wyss, Joanelle Romero, from the film join host Jonathan Schwartz and USC Profs Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro and Chris Finley in conversation about the making, legacy, and meaning of this cult classic. If you haven't seen it, be ware, there are a ton of spoilers. Powwow Highway is the story of two Native Americans, Philbert and Buddy (A. Martinez) who journey from Montana to Santa Fe to bail Buddy's...

Duration:01:03:20

Powwow Highway (1989 - dir. Jonathan Wacks)

10/8/2018
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Powwow Highway is the story of Philbert and Buddy who journey from Montana to Santa Fe to bail Buddy's sister Bonny out of jail. For many indigenous peoples in the Americas, life can be grim. Much has been taken from them. In Powwow Highway, we begin with a view of the failed American Dram with the Northern Cheyenne tribe of Lame Deer, Montana. Buddy Redbow is a Vietnam veteran and activist looking to subvert a land-grab. His acquaintance and possible friend, Philbert Bono seems simple...

Duration:01:08:59

Colette (dir. Wash Westmoreland)

9/27/2018
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Does the biopic about a 19th century French writer Colette bring her to life? This episode features a conversation on a film which seems to be of the moment. Gender dynamics, intellectual property, relationships ... history. Host Jonathan Schwartz is joined by podcast favorites Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, Anita Dashiell-Sparks, and Alex Ago. Let us know what you think of the film and our conversation at Facebook or Twitter. @BedrosianCenter, @AubreyHi, @AngeMarieH, @esouthersHVE,...

Duration:01:02:45

Part 1: Sorry to Bother You (dir. Boots Riley)

8/7/2018
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Sorry to Bother You, written and directed by Boots Riley. The film follows a young Cassius (Cash) Green who joins an Oakland telemarketing company, adopting a white accent to thrive, propelling him up the ladder. He is faced with the dilemma of success and the ethics of what he's selling. The ensemble cast, the Oakland setting, the themes explored in this film make this one to talk about! Explore this nuanced film with us! Featuring host Erroll Southers and guests Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro,...

Duration:01:00:02

Part 2: Sorry to Bother You (dir. Boots Riley)

8/7/2018
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Sorry to Bother You, written and directed by Boots Riley. The film follows a young Cassius (Cash) Green who joins an Oakland telemarketing company, adopting a white accent to thrive, propelling him up the ladder. He is faced with the dilemma of success and the ethics of what he's selling. The ensemble cast, the Oakland setting, the themes explored in this film make this one to talk about! Explore this nuanced film with us! Featuring host Erroll Southers and guests Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro,...

Duration:00:47:37

Tully (dir. Jason Reitman)

5/18/2018
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Tully is the third collaboration of writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman and its the story of motherhood. Charlize Theron plays expectant mother, Marlo. It is the birth of this third child that seems to push Marlo to a breaking point. While she seems to resent the gift of a night nanny from her wealthier brother, her exhaustion (and possibly a run-in with a college roommate) allows her to hire Tully (played by Mackenzie Davis) as a night nanny to help her sleep through the night....

Duration:01:10:52

Beirut (dir. Brad Anderson)

4/19/2018
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The film follows a fictional hostage situation in Beirut, Lebanon at the height of the Lebanon Civil War. Our panel discusses the controversies surrounding the film including how Hollywood portrays the Middle East. Is it social commentary, an action thriller, or both? Listen now to find out how our all-star panel felt. Featuring host Erroll Southers and guests Lt. Col. Olivia Nelson, Jonathan Schwartz, and David Warshofsky. Let us know what you think of the film and our conversation at...

Duration:00:51:23

A Wrinkle in Time (dir. Ava Duvernay)

3/26/2018
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Ava DuVernay's film A Wrinkle in Time has met with mixed reviews. The book the film adapts is both classic and beloved and also one of the most banned books in American schools and libraries due to Madeline L’Engle’s deeply Christian views on how faith and science can exist together. Not only does the film re-imagine those views from a lens of humanism, but in a first for Disney, the casting is color conscious. Our panel asks what is the importance of inclusion, self-awareness, and gender on...

Duration:01:08:22

The Post (dir. Steven Spielberg)

2/21/2018
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Steven Spielberg's most recent film - The Post - has been wildly anticipated by audiences - especially considering the current challenges in our media and news landscape. Chronicling The Washington Post’s publishing of The Pentagon Papers during the tail end of the Vietnam War and starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep - does the film accurately portray this important time in American History where the very nature of the First Amendment and National Security were in direct contrast? What...

Duration:01:21:23

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (dir. Rian Johnson)

1/18/2018
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Our nerd quotient is rising with the discussion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The latest installment of the Star Wars series brings with it controversy. How well does The Last Jedi fit into the Star Wars franchise? How does this new film show how culture has changed since the first film (A New Hope, 1977)? Our talented panel discuss these questions and more in their nerdy discussion of the continuing saga of Luke, Leia, Kylo, Rey, Poe, Finn, and new characters we meet along the way. How...

Duration:01:25:55

Darkest Hour (dir. Joe Wright)

12/21/2017
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Gary Oldman is Winston Churchill in the new WWII film, Darkest Hour. The first month of Churchill's historic time as Prime Minister, he faced a great decision; one that would lead either to war or to a negotiated peace with Hitler. The compressed timeline of the film drops the viewer in the midst of the "darkest hour" of British history. The decisions made during these days could have changed the course of history. Find out what our panelists think, featuring host Erroll Southers and...

Duration:00:53:23

Mudbound (dir. Dee Rees)

12/18/2017
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Director Dee Rees' new film, Mudbound, follows two southern families before, during, and after World War II. One family is white, one black. Centering on the complex relationships between the two families, the film explores how different generations dealt with societal changes which inevitably followed the war. The multiple narrators bring a sense of both internal and external character development as the events unfold. Of the novel, Barbara Kingsolver said, "Her characters walked straight...

Duration:01:04:47

Blade Runner 2049 (dir. by Denis Villeneuve)

10/30/2017
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Is Blade Runner 2049 the sequel we didn't know we needed? Set in a dystopian future Los Angeles, Ryan Gosling's K is a replicant who hunts down dis-loyal replicants: a Blade Runner. When a secret is uncovered, he sets out on a quest. The journey becomes one to not only find the secret but to answer some of the fundamental questions. What does it mean to be alive, to be human? Did the film live up to its hype? Find out what our panel thinks, featuring host Erroll Southers and guests Leo...

Duration:00:58:40

American Assassin (dir. Michael Cuesta)

9/21/2017
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Director Michael Cuesta brings the fictional hero of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp novels to the big screen in the new film,American Assassin. The all-star cast includes Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton, and Taylor Kitsch as a threesome tied together through the specter of betrayal and revenge, set upon a backdrop of international espionage and nuclear threat. We discuss the level of violence in the film, its portrayal of U.S. black-ops and anti-terrorism efforts, the film's space within the spy...

Duration:01:02:43

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu Miniseries)

8/30/2017
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Hulu has adapted The Handmaid's Tale, the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, into a 10 episode saga of life in the dystopia of Gilead. Gilead is a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States, ruled by a twisted Protestant fundamentalism in its ‘return to traditional values'. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (played to much acclaim by Elisabeth Moss) is forced into sexual servitude as part of a caste of women called Handmaids. In this terrifying society,...

Duration:01:00:48