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SCL Screening: STEP w/Laura Karpman, Raphael Saadiq & Taura Stinson

Cordially invites SCL Members and one guest
to a screening of the Epiphany Story Lab/Impact Partners/Stick Figure Productions documentary

Followed by a Q&A with


SCL Board Member



Fox Studios | The Blakeley Theatre Bldg. 105
10200 W Galaxy Way
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Galaxy Way off Avenue Of The Stars - Map Below


STEP is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step team against the background of the heart of Baltimore. These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive – on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college.

This all female school is reshaping the futures of its students’ lives by making it their goal to have every member of their senior class accepted to and graduate from college, many of whom will be the first in their family to do so. Deeply insightful and emotionally inspiring, STEP embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for.   

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: STEP - Laura Karpman Laura Karpman  

Four-time Emmy winner and composer of the Grammy Winning piece ASK YOUR MAMA, Laura Karpman maintains a vibrant career in film, television, videogame and concert music. Her distinguished credits include the series UNDERGROUND - in collaboration with Raphael Saadiq and John Legend - STEP - a Sundance 2017 favorite - Eleanor Coppola’s PARIS CAN WAIT starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin, Kasi Lemmons’ BLACK NATIVITY starring Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker, Steven Spielberg’s miniseries TAKEN, the Showtime series ODYSSEY 5, and MASTERS OF SCIENCE FICTION for which she received several Emmy nominations. She contributed to Sophia Coppola’s 2017 THE BEGUILED, and scored THE REAGAN SHOW for CNN Films.

Commissioned by Carnegie Hall, she collaborated with soprano Jessye Norman and The Roots on the Grammy Winning ASK YOUR MAMA, a multimedia opera on a text by Langston Hughes. Laura has been commissioned by the Glimmerglass Festival and is developing the opera BALLS - a collaboration with NY Times columnist Gail Collins.

Laura has received two GANG awards and an additional nomination for her videogame music which has been performed by orchestras internationally. She’s also an Annie Award nominee for Best Music in an Animated Feature. She serves as an advisor for the Sundance Film Scoring Labs and is on the faculty of the USC Film Scoring Program, and is the founding President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers and a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: STEP - Raphael Saadiq Raphael Saadiq  

Grammy-winning musician Raphael Saadiq has released critically acclaimed solo albums including his five-time Grammy-nominated debut album Instant Vintage and 2004’s Ray Ray. He is also an accomplished film and television composer, scoring the music for HBO’s hit series Insecure and John Singleton’s Rebel. He also joined forces with composer Laura Karpman for the Sundance documentary STEP.

For the last two decades Saadiq has worked both as a solo artist and behind the scenes as a celebrated producer and songwriter for major artists. He executive produced Solange’s critically lauded 2016 album A Seat at the Table, and has worked with Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo (Grammy-winner for “How Does It Feel”), John Legend, Miguel, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, The Isley Brothers, TLC, Whitney Houston, the Bee Gees, Joss Stone, and many more.

Saadiq’s first foray into the international music scene came as a teenager when he performed as part of Sheila E.’s backing band and toured with Prince. He was also a founding member of the multiplatinum-selling group Tony! Toni! Toné!.

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: STEP - Taura Stinson Taura Stinson  

Taura Stinson is a Veteran songwriter Born in Birmingham, AL and raised in Oakland, CA. In her early career she penned songs for artists including but not limited to Destiny's Child, Kelis, Kelly Rowland and Deborah Cox and has collaborated with Raphael Saadiq, Dr. Dre, Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon, Kanye West and Andre 3000 among many others. Her very first film soundtrack placement was on “Men in Black” and she has sense worked on various mediums ranging from Film, TV and a wide range of artists. She co-wrote the Grammy nominated single on the Illumination album called "Show Me The Way" for the legendary band, Earth, Wind and Fire. Taura and her long time writing partner, Raphael Saadiq wrote and produced the song "Gonna Be Alright" performed by Steven Tyler (AEROSMITH) for the animated film starring Beyonce titled “Epic”. They also wrote and produced ALL of the songs for the Musical film "Black Nativity" starring Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Jacob Latimore, Mary J Blige, Luke James, Tyrese and Nas.

Taura and Raphael were nominated for the "Ashford and Simpson Songwriters award as well as Grammy nomination for their collaboration on the song they also co-wrote called "Good Man" on Saadiq's Stone Rollin Album on which she was a featured artist. Taura is also a freelance A&R consultant garnering a Grammy win for her first A&R project, “The Awakening of LeAndria Johnson”. In addition, Taura was A&R director for Music World Entertainment and BET’S “Sunday Best” franchise for contestants and winners including Amber Bullock, Joshua Rogers, Andrea Helms, Elder Goldwire and Alexis Spight, who were released Top 10 Gospel Singles/Albums. Taura works with a variety of artists as a vocal producer/arranger/choir coordinator from various genres as including but not limited to, Paloma Faith, Kim Burrell, Trombone Shorty, Chaka Khan, Paris Hilton, The Reef Band, Patti Labelle and the television show, “The Underground” among others.

Taura served as lead lyricist for the animated film "Rio 2" starring Oscar Winners Jamie Foxx and Anne Hathaway. She also co-wrote “Airplay”, the end title for the film “Beyond The Lights” and “Champions”, the end title for the 2016 film “Hands of Stone” featuring Usher and Ruben Blades.

She has also worked extensively as a background vocalist, most notably with two other seasoned vocalists, Joi Gilliam & N’Dambi, who can be heard on the monster hit “Bang-Bang” By Jessie J Featuring Nicky Minaj and Ariana Grande, as well as songs by Stevie Wonder, Tori Kelly, Mark E. Bassy, and various songs on the massively successful TV series, Empire, The Underground and Vinyl.

Most recently, Taura, Raphael and Laura Karpman collaborated on “Jump” the end title song for the film “Step” performed by Tony and Grammy award winning recording artist, Cynthia Erivo. “Jump” has since won the Critics Choice Award for best song in a Documentary. In addition, Taura and Raphael co-wrote the end title song for the highly anticipated netflix film “Mudbound” with it’s star, Mary J. Blige. If that isn’t enough to keep her busy, Taura has also released her first book, “100 Things Every Black Girl Should Know”, starting yet another chapter of her illustrious and multi-faceted career.



RSVPs close 10AM Wednesday, November 29, or sooner if full.

No changes to your RSVP can be made after that time.




All attendees must have government-issued photo I.D. to show at the Security Gate. Your guest must be with you at the Security Gate and check-in or they will not get in.

  • Check-in begins 6:30PM. No entry after the screening begins.
  • If you RSVP but are unable to attend, you must CANCEL your RSVP by 10:00am Wednesday.
  • FREE for current SCL members plus one guest who will stay for BOTH the screening and Q&A. Seating is first-come, first-served. 
  • PG = Parental Guidance suggested for younger attendees.

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