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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Director/Animator Dash Shaw to attend CineYouth Festival May 4 (Chicago,IL)
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR DASH SHAW TO APPEAR AT
CINEMA/CHICAGO’S CINEYOUTH FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT AT MUSIC BOX THEATRE,
Festival Opens with “My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea,” A New Feature from Graphic Novelist Dash Shaw
Film Premiere Includes Special Q&A with Dash Shaw
Cinema/Chicago today announced the appearance of acclaimed animator Dash Shaw at the 13th annual CineYouth Festival,
a three-day film festival showcasing short work by filmmakers ages 7 -
22 from around the world. The CineYouth Festival, sponsored by Allstate
Insurance Company and Bloomberg Philanthropies, will be held Thursday,
May 4 - Saturday, May 6 at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre (3733 N.
Southport Ave.) and will open on Thursday at 7 p.m. with the Chicago
premiere of “My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea,” an animated feature from graphic novelist Shaw (“New School”) which was hailed by Indiewire as “the most original animated film of the year.”
Shaw will attend the premiere and participate in a Q&A directly following the film.
Young filmmakers and creatives will get the opportunity to speak with
him and gain valuable insight into his craft and journey as a filmmaker,
as well as gain valuable insight into the artistic world of animated
Dash Shaw is a graphic novelist who studied at the
School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He is best known for his graphic
novels “Cosplayers,” “Doctors,” “New School” and “Bottomless Belly
Button.” Shaw’s graphic style, a combination of hand drawing, animation
techniques and Photoshop, as well as his naturalistic characters, have
set him apart in the world of first-time filmmaking. He has created a
multi-faceted film that spans genres from indie cinema to Hollywood
action films. As a self-taught animator, Shaw’s success story can help
inspire young filmmakers and animators to try out experimental forms and
to expand their creative horizons.
Shaw’s premier film, “My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea,” is
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. The
title character Dash (Jason Schwartzman) and his best friend Assaf
(Reggie Watts) are preparing for another year muckraking on behalf of
their school newspaper, edited by their friend Verti (Maya Rudolph).
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). The film was hailed as “a quick and dazzling burst of
pleasure… something quite special,” by The Guardian and “An eccentric and lively animated fantasy,” by the New York Times. “My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea” is distributed by GKIDS.
Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago
International Film Festival, is a year round non-profit arts and
education organization dedicated to fostering better communication
between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the
moving image. In addition to CineYouth, Cinema/Chicago's programs
include: the Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago International
Television Festival, International Screenings, and year-round Education
Program. Celebrating its 53rd edition October 12-26, 2017, the Chicago
International Film Festival is North America’s longest-running
competitive film festival.
About Bloomberg Philanthropies:
Bloomberg Philanthropies works in more than 120 countries around the
world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people.
The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change:
Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health.
Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s
charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving.
In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $600 million dollars. For
more information, please visit bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg.
About The Allstate Corporation: The Allstate Corporation
(NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines
insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s
uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.”
The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home,
life and retirement products and services to customers in the United
States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully
independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its
employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to support local communities.