June 12, 2019

Moderated talks kick off each screening

June 27: Boyz N the Hood with Laurence Fishburne, Nia Long, Tyra Ferrell

June 28: Toy Story with John Ratzenberger, John Morris and creatives

June 29: Stranger Things 3 with David Harbour

June 30: Thelma & Louise with special guests


Tickets on Sale Now!   

June 12, 2019 (Los Angeles, CA)— The SAG-AFTRA Foundation presents Game Changers, a four-night outdoor screening series June 27-30, featuring groundbreaking films and television that impacted diversity and representation in media, reimagined traditional narratives, and achieved major advances in storytelling. Taking place at the Ford Theatres, each screening includes a moderated talk with cast members, creators or special guests to speak about the cultural significance and influence of each film.

Game Changers opens on Thursday, June 27 with the acclaimed Boyz N the Hood (1991). Cast members Laurence Fishburne, Nia Long and Tyra Ferrell will participate in a pre-screening conversation about their experiences working on John Singleton’s award-winning debut film, and the creative and cultural impact it had on Hollywood and audiences all over the world.

On Friday, June 28, the original Toy Story (1995) will screen, preceded by a conversation with actors John Ratzenberger (voice of Hamm) and John Morris (voice of Andy), art director Ralph Eggleston, and character designer Bob Pauley to discuss the game-changing animated feature that created a worldwide blockbuster franchise.

On Saturday, June 29, a sneak premiere of Stranger Things 3 (2019) will be shown ahead of its official streaming premiere Thursday, July 4 on Netflix. An exciting update for fans, the screening will feature the final episode of season 2 and the first episode of season 3, and will kick off with a conversation with star David Harbour.

The outdoor film series concludes on Sunday, June 30 with the iconic, female-driven classic Thelma & Louise (1991), featuring a conversation with special guests to discuss the role the seminal film played in their lives and careers, and share their perspectives on its influence on female-centered content being created today.

Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Programs begin at 8:00 p.m. Pre-show picnicking is allowed and encouraged. Alcohol and dining options are also available onsite. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (323) 461-3673.

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Game Changers screening series is made possible through the generous support of its founding sponsor SAG-AFTRA with additional support from Netflix, Disney, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Alamo Drafthouse, and media sponsors Los Angeles magazine and KCRW. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Kevin Connell at

Proceeds from Game Changers support the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which provides vital assistance and educational programming to performing artists, and serves the public with its free children’s literacy program Storyline Online® where actors read to over 100 million children every year.

WHEN: June 27 – June 30, 2019

See below for full schedule.

WHERE: 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068

Just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway between Hollywood and Universal Studios in the Cahuenga Pass

PARKING: Onsite parking at the Ford is limited and stacked. $12 per vehicle, cash only. Carpool and save: three or more people per vehicle pay only $7 for parking for evening shows. A FREE shuttle to the Ford services the Universal City/Studio City Metro Station at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. The Ford shuttle stops in the “kiss and ride” area and cycles every 20 minutes. Non-stacked parking is available off-site for only $8, with free shuttle service to the Ford, please check the website for details.


Ticket prices start at $20 (half price for children 12 and under for Toy Story only). Reserved seating. Tickets are available at or 323-461-3673 (for non-visual media 323-GO-1-FORD). To learn about discounts for groups of 10 or more, please visit

Box Office Hours: Now – June 7: Tuesday – Friday, noon – 5:00 p.m. for phone and window sales; June 8 – October 20: Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 5:00 p.m. for phone and window sales. On show days, including Sundays, the box office opens two hours before the start of the show. Visit the website for more info.



The John Anson Ford Theatres are owned by the County of Los Angeles and operated in partnership with the Department of Parks & Recreation and the Ford Theatre Foundation. Situated in a 32-acre regional park in the Cahuenga Pass, the Ford Theatres complex is one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles still in use. This event is part of the Ford Theatres 2019 Season, an eclectic series of music, dance, theatre, film and family events that represent the diversity of the region. Ford programs nurture artists, arts organizations and audiences through initiatives designed to encourage participation in the arts.

A complete season schedule, onsite dining options, directions, and parking information can be found at



The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides vital assistance and educational programming to SAG-AFTRA professionals while serving the public at large through its award-winning children’s literacy program Storyline Online®. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation relies entirely on grants, sponsorships and individual contributions to maintain its free programs and resources, and is the benefiting charity of the annual SAG Awards. For more information, visit


JUNE 27-30, 2019


JUNE 27 at 8PM

Boyz N the Hood (1991)

Pre-screening moderated conversation with Laurence Fishburne, Nia Long and Tyra Ferrell.
The tale of three teens growing up in an L.A. neighborhood: one lives for sports; another for crime; and the last learns about strength of character and being responsible.


JUNE 28 at 8PM

Toy Story (1995)

Pre-screening moderated conversation with John Ratzenberger, John Morris, art director Ralph Eggleston and character designer Bob Pauley.

Set in a world where toys come to life when people aren’t around, two rival toys—Woody, a pull-string cowboy sheriff, and Buzz Lightyear, an ace space ranger—must put aside their differences when they get separated from their owner, Andy, and find themselves on an adventure-filled mission where the only way they can survive is to form an uneasy alliance. “Toy Story” was the first feature-length film to be entirely computer animated, the first feature from Pixar Animation Studios and the highest grossing film of 1995. The film was nominated for three Oscars and received a Special Achievement Academy Award.



JUNE 29 at 8PM

Stranger Things 3 (2019)

presented by Netflix

The screening will include the final episode of season 2 and the first episode of season 3. Pre-screening moderated conversation with David Harbour.

It’s 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer’s heating up. School’s out, there’s a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group’s dynamic, and they’ll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart. Meanwhile, danger looms. When the town’s threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and her friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves. Now they’ll have to band together to survive, and remember that friendship is always stronger than fear.


JUNE 30 at 8PM

Thelma & Louise (1991)

Pre-screening moderated conversation with special guests.

Somebody said get a life…so they did. In Ridley Scott’s adventurous road picture, two friends–unhappy housewife Thelma (Geena Davis) and strong-willed waitress Louise (Susan Sarandon)–leave responsibilities behind to take a weekend fishing trip in the mountains in their 1966 T-bird convertible. But…at a roadside honky-tonk, where they stop to “blow off steam,” a man tries to rape Thelma. Louise reacts by shooting the creep with a .38, and this action turns them into dazed and confused fugitives. Now the subject of a nationwide hunt, they regain their determination and recklessness. The film concludes at the Grand Canyon with an indelible image of their final declaration of freedom.


Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (323) 461-3673.