The 2017 CineYouth Festival will welcome acclaimed graphic novelist, writer/director of My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea, Dash Shaw.
Join Cinema/Chicago for CineYouth Festival’s Opening Night May 4 at Music Box Theatre for the Chicago Premiere screening of My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea followed by Q&A with Writer/Director Dash Shaw! Free to attend, RSVP here.
Event Details: My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea Chicago premiere screening
Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport Ave.
Date: Thursday, May 4
From acclaimed graphic novelist Dash Shaw (New School) comes an audacious debut that is equal parts disaster cinema, high school comedy and blockbuster satire, told through a dream-like mixed media animation style that incorporates drawings, paintings and collage. Dash (Jason Schwartzman) and his best friend Assaf (Reggie Watts) are preparing for another year at Tides High School muckraking on behalf of their widely-distributed but little-read school newspaper, edited by their friend Verti (Maya Rudolph). But just when a blossoming relationship between Assaf and Verti threatens to destroy the boys’ friendship, Dash learns of the administration’s cover-up that puts all the students in danger. As disaster erupts and the friends race to escape through the roof of the school, they are joined by a popular know-it-all (Lena Dunham) and a lunch lady (Susan Sarandon) who is much more than meets the eye. But even as the film piles on brilliant details like a post-apocalyptic cult formed by jocks, video game homages, and an infectious synth soundtrack, it never loses sight of the characters at the heart of the story.
Hailed as “the most original animated film of the year” and “John Hughes for the Adult Swim generation” (Indiewire), the film’s everyday concerns of friendships, cliques and young love remind us how the high school experience continues to shape who we become, even in the most unusual of circumstances.
About CineYouth Festival:
CineYouth is a three-day international film festival that celebrates the talent of filmmakers 22 years old and younger from around the world. More than 70 short films, ranging from thought-provoking documentaries and quirky comedies to experimental shorts, a showcase of locally made films and more will be shown with filmmakers in attendance!