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2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Dash Shaw’s Cryptozoo

2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Dash Shaw’s Cryptozoo

Here’s hoping that Jason Schwartzman is among the so far announced voice cast for what shall be another psychedelic mushroomy offering by the uber talented Dash Shaw. In the works most likely after the release of 2016’s My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea, Shaw’s Cryptozoo landed a San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship for the project and was recently part of the Sundance Institute And Skywalker Sound Announce Composers And Directors For 2020 Film Music And Sound Design Lab.

Gist: A hand-drawn animated feature modeled after 1960s underground comic books about cryptozookeepers who struggle to capture a Baku (a legendary dream-eating hybrid creature) and they begin to wonder if they should display these rare beasts in the confines of a cryptozoo, or if these mythical creatures should remain hidden and unknown.

Production Co./Producers: Electric Chinoland’s Kyle Martin, Jane Samborski, Craig Zobel.

2020 American Film Festival in Poland

Prediction: NEXT

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

2020 American Film Festival in Poland

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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