Dead Like Me: Life After Death Movie Receives First Public Showing

Montclair State University Public Relations Student Society Chapter Hosts Ellen Muth Event

Associate College of the Arts Dean, Ronald Sharps (L) and Communication Studies Chair, Dr. Harry Haines (R), with actress Ellen Muth, who visited the campus on May 9 to premier her new movie, Dead Like Me: Life After Death.

On Saturday, May 9, the Montclair State University Public Relations Student Society of America chapter sponsored the first public viewing of the movie, Dead Like Me: Life After Death. The film is a sequel to the Showtime television series, Dead Like Me. The star of both the series and the movie, Ellen Muth, was the MSU/PRSSA special guest for the event.

The movie, which is about iconoclastic 18-year old Georgia Lass, who is killed by falling space debris (a toilet seat from a satellite), and becomes a grim reaper. She joins a local grim reaper group and is assigned the task of helping the souls of the newly dead cross into the afterlife. Dead Like Me: Life After Death is a sequel to the Showtime series, Dead Like Me, which ran during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. After its initial run, reruns of the series could be seen on the Science Fiction channel. Jasmine Guy, Callum Blue, Joy Stevenson, and Britt McKillip reprised their television roles for the movie.

Prior to the movie showing, Muth sold autographed photos, with the proceeds going to the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Maryland. According to Muth, more than $250 was raised on May 9, and those proceeds would go to the purchase of equipment and supplies for wounded military personnel. Muth has already raised $20,000 for the hospital.

A question and answer period followed the film, during which time Muth revealed the bad news that she felt the movie represented the end of the Dead Like Me franchise.

The Montclair State University Public Relations Student Society Chapter was granted its charter in 2008. Its projects for the 2009/2010 year include coordinating communication projects between the Communication Studies Department and clients, which include the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Seeing Eye, and the Andy Kaufman Award.