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Dash Shaw on His Influences and the Process of Creating ‘My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea’

My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea is more than just another animated comedy full of high school angst. Written and directed by Dash Shaw with a voice cast that includes Jason Schwartzman, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Lena Dunham, John Cameron Mitchell, and Susan Sarandon, the film enjoyed an acclaimed run on last fall’s festival circuit, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival and going on to screen at Fantastic Fest and the New York Film Festival. As the film arrives in limited release courtesy of Gkids, we spoke with the filmmaker about the inspiration behind and process of bringing the semi-autobiographical, small-budget high school adventure comedy to the big screen.

The Film Stage: Thanks for speaking with us. We’re about the same age and I think I recognize a few of the influences in the film from comics, cartoons, books and movies. What were you watching

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