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Clare Cooney’s Chicago-Made ‘Departing Seniors’ at Music Box, Releases Digitally Worldwide

The theatrical and worldwide premieres are here for the horror thriller Departing Seniors. On the heels of a prolific festival run with stops at the Chicago International Film Festival and the prestigious London genre showcase Frightfest, cinema lovers and Windy City film fans can now enjoy this acclaimed thriller across the globe. And if you’re in Chicago this week, you’re in for a treat.

Chicago’s historic Music Box Theater has added two more late night showtimes following the enthusiastic support for the film. Those showtimes are this Friday, February 9th at 11:30 pm, and Saturday, February 10th as the clock strikes midnight. Click here for your tickets.

And if you’re anywhere else in the country, no problem, click right here to stream Departing Seniors on Amazon.

“I’m overwhelmed by the initial reception to the release of the film!,” Cooney shared exclusively with SCREEN. “From sold-out crowds in theaters in both LA and Chicago, to making it into the Top 10 in both the Horror and Independent Charts on iTunes/Apple TV, it means a lot to me that our scrappy little film is receiving such enthusiastic support. I hope the movie continues to expand its reach and find its audience, because there’s a lot of undiscovered talent in this project, both behind and in front of the camera.”

Here are exclusive photos from the Los Angeles theatrical premiere of the film at the Laemmle, courtesy of photographer Andreas Branch…

SCREEN has even more red carpet photos for you, click here for the full set in our Photo Booth column.

If you’re in Chicago, it’s time to head to the Music Box to enjoy Departing Seniors on the big screen this weekend, here’s your first look at the film…

In Departing Seniors, after an act of bullying sends kind but awkward high school senior Javier to the hospital he begins having psychic visions that reveal the horrifying truth behind a rash of supposed suicides at his school. It is now up to him and his sarcastic best friend Bianca to unmask a serial killer who’s targeting hi classmates before it’s too late.

As fiercely anarchic as it is genuinely heartfelt, DEPARTING SENIORS is Scream for the next generation, deftly melding true terror with coming-of-age pathos inside the horrors of high school.

Cooney brings the Jose Nateras screenplay to life with the help of cinematographer Jason Chiu and a superb cast led by Ignacio Diaz-Silverio, the lead in recently announced Amazon series Primo, Yani Gellman (Pretty Little Liars), Lorena Diaz (Chicago Med), Ireon Roach (Candyman), and Cameron Scott Roberts (The Walking Dead). For a look at the full cast, crew and production team, click right here.

And once again, to enjoy Departing Seniors at home, click right here to stream the thriller via Amazon.

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