Universal Uclick's Amuse film 'Small Apartments' screened Wednesday at Alamo Drafthouse

Kansas City, Mo. (January 29, 2013) -- AMUSE, the film and TV division of Kansas City's Universal Uclick is proud to announce the release of their film, "Small Apartments." The film will have a Kansas City showing on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Alamo Drafthouse (14th and Main, Kansas City, MO) at 7:30 p.m.

"Small Apartments" stars Hollywood legends Billy Crystal and James Caan. This dark and hysterical comedy features "Bridesmaids" and "Little Britain" actor Matt Lucas in the lead role as Franklin Franklin, a lonely alp-hornist living in a run-down apartment complex in Los Angeles. The rest of the ensemble cast includes 2013 Sundance Film Festival darling Juno Temple, Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids), Johnny Knoxville (Jackass), Golden Globe-nominated Amanda Plummer, Rosie Perez (Pineapple Express), Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables), James Marsden (NBC’s 30 Rock) and Kansas City’s own David Koechner (Anchorman).

The movie is based on Chris Millis's novel of the same name. Chris is the assistant to syndicated cartoonist John McPherson who creates the Close to Home comic strip, distributed by Universal Uclick to more than 400 global newspaper clients.

“Small Apartments” won the annual "3-Day Novel" contest run by Canadian publisher Anvil Press. After its contest victory, Mr. Millis showed the book to Bridget McMeel, who runs AMUSE. She instantly thought it would make a great independent film. Says McMeel, "It was dark, funny and sad but ultimately uplifting. Chris did a great job in creating memorable, quirky and unique characters. The actors did a great job of capturing the essence of each of them."

"Small Apartments" will make its Kansas City premiere at the Alamo Draft House on Wednesday, Feb.6 at 7:30 p.m. As a part of the experience, the film’s executive producers Bridget McMeel and John Glynn of Universal Uclick will introduce the film and host a Q & A session following the movie. The initial screening was sold out but has expanded to a larger auditorium. Tickets are available for advance purchase here: http://www.tugg.com/events/2790. Bridget McMeel and John McMeel are available for interviews prior to the film.

Universal Uclick is the world's largest content syndicate and is headquartered in downtown Kansas City in the historic Boley Building at 12th and Walnut streets.

About Universal Uclick Universal Uclick is the largest independent syndicate in the world and a leading digital entertainment provider of humor, comic strips, political cartoons, and other content for print, Web and mobile devices. Universal Uclick provides editorial development, licensing and other distribution services for iconic brands like Doonesbury, Dear Abby, Miss Manners and some of the most significant comics in history, including Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, Garfield, Peanuts, Dilbert, For Better or For Worse, Cathy and Ziggy. Recent standout successes include Lio, Cul de Sac, Pearls Before Swine, Get Fuzzy, Big Nate and The Argyle Sweater. A full comic catalog can be found at GoComics.com. For more information on Universal Uclick, visit UniversalUclick.com.

About AMUSE AMUSE, the TV/film division of Universal Uclick, takes syndicated properties and develops them into multi-media entertainment projects. With AMP's book titles and over 120 internationally and nationally syndicated strips like Garfield, Lio, Cathy and Get Fuzzy to name a few. Contact Bridget McMeel for any inquiries on their IP at bmcmeel@amuniversal.com.

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