October 18, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and Refinery29 invite you and a guest to a special screening of

The Skinny

Written and Directed by Jessie Kahnweiler
Produced by Cortney L. Wilson, Esti Giordani, and Blair Skinner
Executive Produced by Jill Soloway, Illeana Douglas, Andrea Sperling, Amy Emmerich, Rebecca Odes, and Paul Young

Followed by a Q&A with Jessie Kahnweiler, Illeana Douglas, Paul Young, Cortney Wilson,
Esti Giordani, Sadie Calvano, Spencer Hill, Moira Morel, and Whitney Schmidt

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



A six-episode web series from Refinery29!

Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival 2016.


About The Skinny

The Skinny follows feminist wannabe YouTube-comedy star Jessie as she struggles to live, love, and...get over her bulimia. On a mission to save the world and get rid of her love handles, Jessie demands honesty from everyone but herself.

Provided courtesy of Refinery29. Not rated. Running time: All six episodes run just under 60 minutes.

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About the Guests

JESSIE KAHNWEILER (Creator/Writer/Director/Executive Producer/Actor - "Jessie")

Jessie Kahnweiler can’t afford therapy, so she makes films. Her work has been featured on CNN, TMZ, People, New York Magazine, Mashable, Buzzfeed, Elle, The Daily Beast, Jezebel, IndieWIRE, LA Weekly, The Huffington Post, and The Independent.

For her thesis film at University of Redlands, Little America, she hitchhiked across the country to explore the world of America’s truck drivers. After getting dumped, Jessie wrote and co-directed the comedic short Baby Love, co-starring alongside Anchorman’s David Koechner. Jessie was selected for the 6 Points Artist Fellowship, which inspired her comedic web series entitled Dude, Where’s my Chutzpah? Her short Meet my Rapist, a dark comedy about running into her rapist at the farmers market, debuted at the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival and inspired her live show The Rape Girl.

ILLEANA DOUGLAS (Executive Producer/Actor - "Jacqueline")

Award-winning actress Illeana Douglas first came to prominence, as Matt Dillon’s suspicious sister in Gus Van Sant’s To Die For, for which she was a New York Film Critics award nominee. She’s had memorable performances in Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Alive, Grace of My Heart, Picture Perfect, and Ghost World. Current films include She's Funny that Way, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, and Growth Spurt directed by Kevin Pollak. Illeana received an Emmy nomination for her work as Angela on Six Feet Under. She’s had recurring roles on Ugly Betty, Entourage, Chasing Life, and Welcome to Sweden.

Illeana is an accomplished writer/producer having created pilots Confessions of a Movie Lover for the IFC Network, Illeanarama for the Oxygen Network, and Celebrity Garage Sale for the A&E Network. She created the multi-award-winning web series Easy to Assemble for Ikea, as well as executive produced films Life Without Dick, Kingdom Come, and Chez Upshaw.

SPENCER HILL (Actor - "Cole")

Hill has been a successful commercial actor and model for the past 12 years, appearing in several supporting television and movie roles, including CSI: NY, Knight Rider, Criminal Minds, and most recently True Blood. In 2013, he started a clothing line, Herald.Hill, after years of struggling as an actor.

He appears in several episodes of the hit Yahoo Originals Series The Flip Side and in the last two years alone has shot commercials for Apple, Dockers, Cadillac, Mercedes, Porsche, and Nissan, along with print campaigns for Ford, BMW, Chevy, and most recently is set to be one of the faces of Aveda’s men’s hair grooming line in 2016.

SADIE CALVANO (Actor - "Sadie")

California native Calvano began performing in musical theater at the young age of 7, and her love for acting grew from there. Her recent theatrical roles include Carrie in Carrie the Musical and Sally Bowles in Cabaret.

Calvano’s professional career began with a guest appearance in the action parody Eagleheart starring Chris Elliott. She appeared in a co-starring role on NCIS and received a YAA best actress nomination for it. The talented actress received a second YAA nomination for the Disney TV show Kickin’ It, followed by a guest role in Disney’s Crash and Bernstein. Sadie made her big screen debut in 2011 as Leonardo DiCaprio's niece in the Clint Eastwood bio-epic J. Edgar. She returned to television with roles in the movies Family Album and Village People before appearing on ABC Family’s Melissa and Joey. Sadie landed her breakout role on the CBS comedy Mom; she later won a Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Actor-Rising Star in 2015 for the role.

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

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