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CDM premieres Sundance film ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’

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Thanks to the Visiting Artists Series, DePaul’s School of Computing & Digital Media will be receiving the special treatment by kicking up their heels and enjoying the new film Safety Not Guaranteed this Friday. With the film being released June 8 this year, DePaul is getting a sneak-peak.

Safety Not Guaranteed, a low-budget independent film, was presented at Sundance this year and, according to Klein, it “took the festival by storm.” This film stars familiar actors including Aubrey Plaza (from Parks and Recreation), Jake Johnson (New Girl) and Mark DuPlass (The League).

“This is a very rare opportunity, and with this being the last event for the Visiting Artists Series…and after having such a good year…we are expecting to have a full house. I just want people to enjoy it, this is a great chance for [DePaul’s] film program,” said Daniel Klein, a DePaul instructor who is organizing and hosting the event.

The Visiting Artists Series is a group at DePaul that creates events for students to listen to artists and gather insight from professionals that are currently in their field.

“Although I switched my major from Digital Cinema, the Visiting Artists Series gives such great opportunities for students to listen to experts in their field, especially in the digital cinema industry it is important to hear from other artists and see what they do to make it all work,” said freshman communications major Taryn Trovillion.

Safety Not Guaranteed will be the last event for the Visiting Artist Series this year. The film’s director Colin Trevorrow will be attending the event and answering questions after the screening.

“Any person will have the opportunity to go up to a microphone and ask Colin what his experience was like,” said Klein. “The whole notion of a Q&A is pretty much an intimate interaction as opposed to someone being on the internet doing a Q&A where it can be shared everywhere…This is a far more intimate setting with only about 150 people in it.”

Although this event is open to any DePaul student or faculty member, the number of seats is limited. Only 162 seats are available, so the Visiting Artists Series will be working off a first come, first serve basis that day.

“Anybody who’s excited about this should come,” said Klein. “But just like any other movie being shown at a movie house, only a certain number of tickets exist.”

Nevertheless, after seeing a few ending clips of the movie himself, Klein insists that the movie is worth seeing.

“I was very impressed and excited [when seeing the movie],” said Klein. “I had no idea what to expect. All the time you see movies attempt to mix sincerity with comedy, and they did really well [with this film].”

The movie screening will take place in the CDM Theater (lower level of the building) in the Loop Campus. The screening will start at 6 p.m., and the Q&A session starts at 7:30 p.m. Remember, first come, first served.

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CDM premieres Sundance film ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’