Classic Cinemas to show DePaul University student-produced shorts on big screen

CHICAGO — Two animated shorts created by DePaul University alumni when they were student filmmakers will be shown in Classic Cinemas’ theaters the first two weeks in June.

Screen clip from “Die Flucht” by Carter Boyce.
Screen clip from “Die Flucht” by Carter Boyce.
“Die Flucht,” by Carter Boyce, is a Student Academy Award-winning animated film about a mechanical boy’s quest for a balloon that has always eluded him. It will be shown June 2-8 on all 111 screens in Classic Cinemas’ theaters in the Chicagoland area.

“A Fresh Cut,” by Gavin Wright, is a hilarious animated comedy about talking blades of grass on a lawn and the unlucky lives they lead. It will be shown June 9-15 at all 14 of Classic Cinemas’ theaters.

Screen clip from “A Fresh Cut” by Gavin Wright.
Screen clip from “A Fresh Cut” by Gavin Wright.
Boyce and Wright graduated in 2015 with bachelor’s degrees in animation from DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts in the College of Computing and Digital Media. 

Classic Cinemas, based in Downers Grove, Illinois, is a family-owned business, run by Willis, Shirley and Chris Johnson. This June marks the third year that Chris Johnson, CEO of Classic Cinemas, is serving as a judge of DePaul’s Premiere Film Festival, according to Chris Parrish, a screenwriter and instructor at DePaul.

“Classic Cinemas and the Johnson family have been tremendous supporters of local filmmakers and independent film for years,” Parrish said. “Chris selects shorts for the opportunity to be featured in the Student Film Spotlight at his family’s theaters.”

“It is really cool for us to expose young award-winning filmmakers’ shorts to our audience and see them up on the big screens during the busy summer movie season,” said Chris Johnson.

In addition to the two shorts, DePaul student Zachary Lindemann created a 15-second bumper that will introduce each Classic Cinemas Student Film Spotlight production, noted Parrish.

More information about DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts is online at Information about Classic Cinemas and locations of their theaters is online at


DePaul Media Contact:
Carol Hughes

Classic Cinemas Media Contact:
Mark Mazrimas