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Detroit Free Press Julie Hinds column

May 18, 2013

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May 18--A metro Detroit benefit screening of "Monsters University," the much-anticipated prequel to the animated hit "Monsters Inc.," is switching locations.

The May 29 event is moving to Emagine Royal Oak from its original site, the Detroit Institute of Arts' Detroit Film Theatre.

The arrival of the new digital projection system at the Detroit Film Theatre has been delayed until May 28. Such a brief window of time won't be enough to make sure everything is set up properly and ready to go in time for the screening, according to Elliot Wilhelm, the film curator of the DFT.

The event will benefit three nonprofits: Digital Arts, Film & Television, a Michigan group that promotes media literacy through the creative use of film and video; the Assistance League, which helps children and families in need; and Friends of Detroit Film Theatre.

"Monsters University" director Dan Scanlon, who hails from metro Detroit, will be at the screening. The film opens wide on June 21.

Scanlon is a graduate of Clawson High School. His first kudos as an animation filmmaker came at age nine as a participant in DAFT's Michigan Student Film & Video Festival. He also won prizes at the festival for films he made in high school.

DAFT board member John Prusak, an award-winning cinematographer, was one of Scanlon's early teachers. Prusak and another instructor, Jeff Bloomer, taught the young animation whiz at the William D. Ford Career Technical Center in Westland.

Prusak says Scanlon's mother would drive him to evening workshops twice a week after he completed his school day in Clawson.

Tickets are $50 for the screening, $75 for the screening and afterglow and $150 for a reception, dinner, screening and afterglow. They are still available at www.dia.org/dft, according to Prusak, and will apply to the Emagine Royal Oak location.

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