University Union is excited to participate in the Recess X The Disaster Artist Competition, competing with twenty universities across the United States to win an advanced screening of “The Disaster Artist” on SU campus. The Recess x The Disaster Artist Contest is facilitated by Recess Digital Inc. and independent entertainment company A24 Films. As part of the competition, University Union will host a screening of “The Room” tonight, October 30th, with doors at 7:00 PM and the screening at 8:00 PM in HBC Gifford Auditorium.

"The Room" is widely known as one of, if not the worst movie of all time. Written, directed, and produced by Tommy Wiseau in 2003, the film follows the life of main character, Johnny (also played by Wiseau), and his relationship with his fiancé, Elizabeth. The film has gathered a cult following of supporters and still sells out screenings across the country. One user on IMDB writes, “‘The Room’ is one of those rare laugh-riots that is so fantastically inept as to border on genius. While most bad movies offer a handful of terrible scenes divided by stretches of just plain dull, writer-director-producer-star Tommy Wiseau's film offers one moment of disaster after another.”

"The Disaster Artist" is an anticipated film that capitalizes on "The Room's" unique reputation and infamy; the plot follows the real life story behind Tommy Wiseau, and the creation of his perfect failure. The film is to be written and directed by James Franco, who plays main character Tommy, and leads a star-studded list of supporting actors, including Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Josh Hutcherson, Ari Graynor, and Jacki Weaver. 

All of the competing universities, which include Duke University, Georgetown University, and University of Michigan, will be judged based on two factors: attendance to the campus screening of “The Room,” and voting via the contest link, here. The institution with the highest level of engagement will win an advanced screening of “The Disaster Artist” set to take place between December 1 and 8, 2017. 

Join University Union tonight in HBC Gifford to view "The Room," and push Syracuse University's chances of winning an advanced screening of "The Disaster Artist."