By Walter Rutledge
The Faison Firehouse Theater, located at 6 Hancock Place, in Harlem, will host the highly anticipated red carpet film premiere of The Skinny on Wednesday, June 6th at 7:00pm. It is the third feature film from independent filmmaker Patrik-Ian Polk (Punks, Noah’s Arc) and will be presented during the First Annual Pride Cultural Series. The proceeds from this event will benefit GMAD’s (Gay Men of African Decent) Charles Angel Youth Leadership Academy’s ‘Stop the BS’ campaign, which is an anti gay-bullying and suicide initiative.
The Skinny tells the story of four young, black, gay men (Magnus, Sebastian, Kyle, Joey) and their lesbian best friend (Langston). The friends meet up in New York City one year after their graduation from Brown University. Their plans for a weekend of fun start off well, but old tensions quickly resurface.
Filmmaker Polk addresses issues in The Skinny that face the LGBT community such as date rape, infidelity, and HIV/AIDS awareness. Following the Wednesday, June 6th viewing there will be a Q & A with the director, and a few cast members. There will also be a special red-carpet cocktail reception for The Skinny hosted by the Faison Firehouse Theater.
The film stars a talent young cast of performers including former child actor Jussie Smollett (Mighty Ducks and North), Blake Young-Fountain, Anthony Burrell, Shanika Warren-Markland and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman. The supporting cast includes alumnus of Polk’s past features such as Darryl Stephens (Noah’s Arc), Jennia Fredrique (Noah’s Arc), Wilson Cruz (Noah’s Arc) and Seth Gilliam (Punks”, The Wire, Oz”, Teen Wolf). The cast also includes newcomers Dustin Ross and internet sensation B. Scott.
The Skinny begins an open-ended New York City run on Friday, June 8th at the Faison Firehouse as the featured film of the Firehouse’s First Annual Pride Cultural Series. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at Skinnythemovie.com or Smarttix.com