Film Partially Shot In Burien Wins Sundance Award, Sells For Big $$$
The movie “Safety Not Guaranteed,” which filmed scenes at Highline High School’s Memorial Stadium last May, won a major screenwriting award at the Sundance Film Festival last week, and was apparently just picked up in a seven figure deal by FilmDistrict.
Screenwriter Derek Connolly took home the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for the screenplay, the plot of which is based on a classified ad placed in an obscure magazine in 1997:
A trio of magazine employees are sent to a small coastal town to investigate a classified ad seeking a partner for time travel. Darius, a young, cynical intern, poses as a candidate to accompany Kenneth, a paranoid but compelling loner, on his journey. But her motivations become confused when she develops feelings for him…and begins to wonder whether he actually does have a time machine.
The film was Directed by Colin Trevorrow, and was filmed in Washington State, including lil’ ol’ B-Town.
“Safety Not Guaranteed” stars Aubrey Plaza from the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation” as well as Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, and Kristen Bell.
Reviews we’ve read seem highly favorable, so we tip our creative hats to the makers of this film. Perhaps some B-Town luck rubbed off on them?
Look for a major theatrical release this summer!
Here’s a video that tries to explain the time-traveling, mullet-laden premise:
This isn’t the first film shot in the Burien area – check out our coverage of some others:
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