9:51am PT by Carolyn Giardina
GKIDS Acquires 'My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea'
Indie distributor GKIDS has acquired the North American distribution rights to animated feature My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, the feature directorial debut of graphic novelist Dash Shaw (New School).
In the mixed-media comedy, written and directed by Shaw, Dash (Jason Schwartzman) and his best friend Assaf (Reggie Watts) are preparing for another year of high school muckraking on behalf of their 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 an administration cover-up that puts all the students in danger. The voice cast also includes Lena Dunham and Susan Sarandon.
The film will be released theatrically in spring 2017 and has already screened at events including the Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival and AFI Fest. “When we first saw this audacious, genre-bending film, we had grins plastered on our face from start to finish,” said David Jesteadt, GKIDS’ senior vp distribution, in a statement. “In a time when it seems like we could all use a laugh, we are proud to play a part in bringing such a unique vision and sweetly funny film to audiences nationwide.”
The film was produced by Electric Chinoland’s Kyle Martin, Craig Zobel and Shaw, in association with Fat Possum Records’ Matthew Johnson, Low Spark Films, and Washington Square Films.
Since 2010, GKIDS has scored eight best animated feature Oscar nominations. This year, its contenders include My Life as a Zucchini, Miss Hokusai, April and the Extraordinary World, Phantom Boy and Mune: Guardian of the Moon.