My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
From acclaimed graphic novelist Dash Shaw (“Bottomless Belly Button,” “Cosplayers”) 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, where they muckrake 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 an administration 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. Hailed as “the most original animated film of the year” and “John Hughes for the Adult Swim generation” by Indiewire, the film reminds audience members that the high-school experience — with its everyday concerns of friendships, cliques, and young love — continues to shape who we become, even in the most unusual of circumstances.