November 6, 2013, 7:00 P.M.

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


Outside the Box [Office] and Gravitas Ventures invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Ass Backwards

Directed by Chris Nelson
Screenplay by June Diane Raphael & Casey Wilson
Produced by Molly Conners & Heather Rae
Followed by a Q&A with Chris Nelson
and Casey Wilson
7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival 2013

Available NOW on VOD & In Theaters Nov. 8th!

Preceding the feature, there will be a showcase of short online comedies written by/starring Jessie Kahnweiler, including Dude, Where's My Chutzpah (Episodes 7 & 8), Baby Love, and Meet My Rapist.

About Ass Backwards

Kate (June Diane Raphael) and Chloe (Casey Wilson) are two childhood best friends who met when they placed dead last in their hometown beauty pageant. Now they are all grown up and living in New York City, where Chloe works as a "girl in a box" at a nightclub and Kate is a CEO....of her own one-woman egg donor "corporation". Lost in delusion, they believe they are living large until an invitation to their hometown pageant arrives and their past comes back to haunt them. Join these two loveable losers as they take an ass backwards journey home to reclaim their crown, stopping off at a women's separatist commune, an amateur strip club competition, and meeting their favorite reality TV star along the way...

Provided courtesy of Gravitas Ventures. Rated R. Running time: 90 minutes.

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About the Guests


Chris Nelson started his directing career in commercials with clients that include HBO, Budweiser, Reebok, MTV, and ESPN. The HBO VOYEUR project that he co-directed with Jake Scott won the 2008 Promotion Grand Prix award in Cannes. ASS BACKWARDS is his first feature film. He also recently completed the feature DATE AND SWITCH for Lionsgate and Laurence Mark Productions. He graduated with Honors in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University.

CASEY WILSON (Co-Screenwriter, “Chloe”)

Casey Wilson was a series regular on the ABC sitcom "Happy Endings" and was twice nominated for a Critics' Choice Award for her performance on the show. Variety has called her one of the "Top 10 Comics to Watch."

Wilson was a featured player on "Saturday Night Live" for two seasons and has guest starred on HBO's "Bored to Death" and "How I Met Your Mother" on CBS. Her film credits include Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration," Nora Ephron's "Julie and Julia," and Anne Fletcher's "The Guilt Trip." She is upcoming in Kyle Alvarez's indie feature "C.O.G." which is based on a short story by David Sedaris, "Claire's Cambodia" by writer/director Stacy Sherman, as well as "Me, Him, Her," from writer/director Max Landis.

Wilson hails from Alexandria, VA, and is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. After graduation she co-wrote and performed (along with best gal pal June Raphael) the two-woman sketch comedy show, "Rode Hard and Put Away Wet" at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and Los Angeles. The show ran for eleven months, was an official selection of HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and was listed as a Critic's Pick in TimeOut NY.

Wilson and Raphael's comedy partnership branched out into the film world. They co-wrote "Bride Wars" starring Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson. They play the leads in "Ass Backwards," an indie female road trip comedy which they also wrote together. It premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was directed by Chris Nelson.

Wilson and Raphael are currently developing for TV and have two script deals at ABC Studios. The first is titled "Dinks," which sold to the ABC network with "Happy Endings" showrunner Jonathan Groff attached. The second is titled "The Mason Twins," which sold to NBC.

Wilson's other TV credits include Comedy Central's "Drunk History," Adult Swim's "NTSF:SD:SUV," and IFC's "Comedy Bang! Bang!" She has also done voiceover work on the animated shows "The Life & Times of Tim" on HBO and "American Dad!" on FOX.

Wilson and her family run the Kathy Wilson Foundation, established in 2005 to honor her late mother's work assisting children with special needs.

Writers' Statement

ASS BACKWARDS was born out of our friendship together. Some words used to describe the way we lived during those early days in the East village when we shared a waterbed are: co-dependent, unhealthy, delusional. We prefer: loving, supportive, sisters.

We met in a clown class at NYU. Red noses and all. And from then on we did everything together. We performed at dingy clubs together, weren't together, we shared credit cards and split Ambien. We spent Every. Single. Waking. Hour. Together. We were no longer children but hardly adults. And in this shameful and shameless time…things were better together.

And so, after a particularly tough spot in our relationship when June “mapped out” a road trip to North Carolina that found us in Pensacola, Florida, which, even she admitted may have been a “hop skip and a jump in the wrong direction,” we wrote this movie. The film is our loving tribute to the women we once were. It’s a coming of age story about women who should have come of age a long time ago.

The key to our collaboration as writers and performers has been as simple and sacred and stupid as this…we make each other laugh. We knew that it would be a special director who understood the hilarity and humanity of these characters and loved them as much as we did. Chris Nelson is that director. Chris has elevated the vision we had for our film to a level we didn’t think was possible.  We are better together.

ASS BACKWARDS is a love letter to the epic friendship of two clowns. It opens poignantly with a shot of our bare asses. And from there…?  Well…just get your ass there!

-- June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson

About Jessie Kahnweiler

Jessie can’t afford therapy so she makes films. While at the University of Redlands, Jessie quickly began ditching class in order to make documentaries. For her thesis film, Little America, she hitchhiked across the country to explore the world of America’s truck drivers. Her short film Stupid Questions stars Zelda Williams as Lucy, a feisty young casting assistant who holds a phony casting call in an effort to find her dream guy. The film has screened at the Hollyshorts, the Los Angeles Comedy Fest, LA shorts Festival, and has been honored with an LA Movie award of excellence. After getting dumped, Jessie wrote and co-directed the comedic short Baby Love, co-starring alongside Anchorman’s David Koechner. Jessie also worked at JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, serving as Post-Production Coordinator on Super 8.

Jessie was selected for the 6 Points Artist Fellowship which inspired her comedic web series entitled Dude, Where’s my Chutzpah? Currently, Jessie is busy working on her new web series “White Noise”, a short entitled “Meet my Rapist”, drinking coffee, and practicing her Oscar speech.

Please follow her on twitter so far it’s just her mom.

Jessie lives in Los Angeles with her plants.

About Jessie's Films

Dude, Where's my Chutzpah?

Dude Where's my Chutzpah? is a comedic web series which follows Jessie as she inherits a large sum of money from her Grandma only to discover in order to get the cash she must “Live JEWISH for a year.” From the underground Israeli hip hop scene, to the front lines of the West Bank, to dinner tables of the ultra Orthodox communities, Jessie discovers the plethora of ways to experience Judaism.

Episode #7: Kesher: The rabbi sends Jessie to ISRAEL to go find G-d at the wall. Jessie finds the's just in the WEST BANK! Chutzpah like you've never seen it before.

Episode #8: IsREAL love?: Jessie looks for love in all the wrong places. Watch as she tries to get her bush burned. 

Baby Love

Jessie falls for a younger guy.....a much younger guy. Starring David Koechner, Jessie Kahnweiler, Joshua Hamilton; Directed by Maryann Brandon; Written by Jessie Kahnweiler

Meet My Rapist

It gets real when Jessie runs into her rapist at the farmers market. "Meet My Rapist" is a deeply personal dark comedy as I confront the man who has shaped so much of my womanhood and an exploration in how we make meaning out of the madness in life. The film explores the complexities of healing from the point of view of a sexual abuse survivor in the hopes of inspiring other victims to find their voice and open up dialogue on an issue that is so often silenced. 

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 $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in 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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