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In Theaters

Across North America

September 27th

THE STORY

When an overweight, insecure teen’s talent for fashion design is discovered by her fat and fabulous classmate, she must choose to put her designs on display for the world to see—or return to a life of sewing in the shadows.

THE STORY

When an overweight, insecure teen’s talent for fashion design is discovered by her fat and fabulous classmate, she must choose to put her designs on display for the world to see or return to a life of sewing in the shadows.

ABOUT THE FILM

EMPIRE WAIST is a heartwarming dramedy about teens learning to love their bodies through inclusive fashion design. Starring Rainn Wilson, Missi Pyle, Mia Kaplan, Jolene Purdy and Mima Yevu, writer/director Claire Ayoub’s feature debut was produced in partnership with Wayfarer Studios, American High, and P&G, as well as Claire's Try Anyway Productions. It is being distributed worldwide by Blue Fox Entertainment in 2024.

 

Ranked the #1 Comedy on The Black List and selected as a Finalist for the 2019 PAGE Awards, the screenplay has been acclaimed for its deft handling of teen body image, body diversity, and for being just plain funny. 

AWARDS

Best Empowerment Film - 2024 Sedona International Film Festival 

Best Social Impact Film - 2024 Sedona International Film Festival 

Best Feature 2024 Coney Island Film Festival

Wavemaker Award: Best FutureFave Feature 2024 Seattle International Film Festival

ABOUT THE WRITER/DIRECTOR

Comedy writer Claire Ayoub wrote and directed her first play at age 14 and never really stopped. After coming up through the NYC comedy scene at the Upright Citizens Brigade and writing for Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, Claire wrote the movie she wished she had seen as a teen girl struggling with her own body image issues.

 

In 2019, Claire hosted 16 live readings across the country—including a nine-city script tour—and audience reviews are in: "The world needs EMPIRE WAIST!"

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