2014, 96 minutes, color, U.S.A.

Elementary schools have given birth to great thinkers, innovative scientists, and inspiring leaders. They are also malignant cesspools, teeming with grime and disease.

Directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion’s first film, Cooties, focuses on the virulent underbelly of grade school. Except this time, the bug that’s going around is transforming the student body from spazzes, tattletales, and brats into deranged, cannibalistic mutants. After an uncharacteristically blood-soaked recess, the surviving teachers and students band together in a desperate attempt to leave the building without being permanently dismissed.

This appealingly preposterous scenario comes together in a hilarious script by cowriters Leigh Whannel (the creator of Saw) and Ian Brennan (the creator of Glee). The strong ensemble cast includes Elijah Wood as a failed writer-turned-underwhelming substitute teacher, Alison Pill as his childhood crush, Rainn Wilson as a mustachioed gym teacher, and Jorge Garcia as a drug-addled crossing guard. Nasim Pedrad and Jack McBrayer are welcome additions to the roster.

Bring a sack lunch and a signed permission slip because Cooties is, officially, a trip.

Directors: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion

Screenwriters: Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan

Producers: Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Elijah Wood, Steven Schneider, Georgy Malkov, Tove Christensen

Executive Producers: Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan, Seth William Meier

Cinematographer: Lyle Vincent

Editor: Brett W. Bachman

Production Designer: Thomas William Hallbauer

Composer: Kreng (Pepijn Caudron)

Principal Cast: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad

About the Directors

Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion met in New York at Parsons The New School for Design. Their collaborations began with animations but quickly evolved into other creative endeavors, including art installations, music videos, commercials, and short films. Eventually the partners focused on writing, producing, and directing films such as Satellite Car Chase, Falling Man, The Shortest Race, and Boob. Their first feature film, Cooties, showcases their distinct visual style and sense of humor.


1/18/2014 11:59 pm
Egyptian Theatre, Park City
1/20/2014 6:00 pm
Tower Theatre, SLC
1/21/2014 2:30 pm
The MARC, Park City
1/24/2014 11:45 pm
Library Center Theatre, Park City
1/26/2014 5:00 pm
Holiday Village Cinema 4, Park City