Contact: Victoria Lanier
For Immediate Release
Phone: (818) 433-7600
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Two Winning Los Angeles Schools Will Attend Private Screening of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie with Ed Helms
On May 22, 2017, students from two disadvantaged Los Angeles County schools will experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a private pre-screening of the film Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie with Actor Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover, The Lorax), the voice of Mr. Krupp/Captain Underpants. Hosted by Education Through Music-Los Angeles at DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, approximately sixty students and their parents from McKinley Elementary (Compton) and Providencia Elementary (Burbank) will be treated to a sneak preview of this highly anticipated film along with a special Q&A with Helms.
Both schools were top winners in a Facebook contest presented by Education Through Music-Los Angeles. Teachers, students, principals, friends, and colleagues all rallied together to get the most “likes” (i.e. votes) for their school to see this screening with Ed Helms. Helms sits on the Advisory Board for Education Through Music-Los Angeles and is a long-time champion for their mission to restore music education in schools. A musician himself, Helms takes the time to visit low-income area schools and music classrooms, recently performing banjo for students at Normandie Elementary in South Central Los Angeles with fellow bluegrass artists Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins.
ETM-LA honored Helms with a Shining Star Award at their past December 11th Annual Gala with help from artists and actors including Moby, Andy Richter, Lisa Loeb, Christina Applegate, Angela Kinsey, Michael Giacchino, John Debney, and Dustbowl Revival. “The gap in education opportunities in different communities is one of the great social injustices, and Education Through Music-LA plugs right into that in a very smart and critical way,” said Helms. “Music has impact. And ETM-LA is a force-multiplier for that impact. [They] put teachers back in the schools, provide a curriculum, [and] provide resources.”
Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series by Dav Pilkey, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, DreamWorks Animation brings audiences the long-awaited global movie event, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. Directed by David Soren and produced by Mireille Soria, p.g.a. and Mark Swift, p.g.a., Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie features the voice talents of Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele and Kristen Schaal.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie opens in theaters nationwide June 2, 2017.
Education Through Music-Los Angeles (www.etmla.org) provides quality, yearlong, in-school music instruction in disadvantaged Los Angeles schools as part of the core curriculum for every child. Since its founding in 2006, Education Through Music-Los Angeles has grown from serving 800 children to serving over 12,000 students at 25 partner schools in Los Angeles.
• 6:00pm – Students/Parents Arrive
• 6:40pm – Media: Photo & Interview Opportunity with Ed Helms
• 6:50pm – Start seating guests
• 7:00pm – Welcome & Intro – Hello & Congrats to the 2 winning Education Through Music-LA Schools
• 7:10pm – Film Begins
• 8:40pm – Ed Helms Q & A
• 9:00pm – Event Ends
Location: Dreamworks Animation, LLC., 1000 Flower St, Glendale, CA 91201
Media: Please RSVP to attend: Victoria Lanier, (818) 433-7600 firstname.lastname@example.org