The film stars Jussie Smolett (the former child actor of “Mighty Ducks” & “North”, and brother of actress Jurnee Smollett), Blake Young-Fountain, Anthony Burrell, ShanikaWarren-Markland and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman. Supporting cast includes alumnus of Polk’s past features such as Darryl Stephens (“Noah’s Arc”), Jennia Fredrique (“Noah’sArc”), Wilson Cruz (“Noah’s Arc”) and Seth Gilliam (“Punks”). Also, the film introducesnewcomer Dustin Ross and the feature film debut of internet sensation B. Scott.In an exciting partnership, the filmmaker has teamed up with the DFW Pride MovementUnited Black Ellument, 7Connection, Touch Down Entertainment, Roy Murray of Black Knight Productions, other African American LGBT organizations and allies to promote theimportance of health in the LGBT Community, especially in the Black and Latinocommunities. The organizations will sponsor appearances, afternoon and eveningreceptions and panel discussions featuring producer/director Polk and cast members JussieSmollett, Blake Young-Fountain and Jennia Fredrique (who all appear in the Black AIDSInstitute’s latest PSA campaign “Greater Than AIDS”).
director and cast will be on hand to discuss the HIV awareness story-lines in the movie and other sexual healthissues of importance to the LGBT population.“I’ve been involved with the Black AIDS Institute since the early days of my NOAH’SARC television series, and I’ve been addressing issues of HIV and AIDS in my work sincemy first film PUNKS,
So it makes perfect sense to partner with other African American LGBT organizations across the country to promote their great cause andhighlight the HIV awareness issues raised in my new film THE SKINNY
.” Patrik Ian- Polk
The film also features music written and performed by Patrik-Ian Polk. With tunes thatillustrate the highs and lows of the film, Polk sings with his heart and soul to capture theessence of the movie’s message. Polk says he was inspired by artists such as Grammy-Award winning Adele, “who created a very personal album based on her romanticexperiences”. Polk continues to share coyly that, “...most of the songs I wrote, althoughthey fit very nicely in THE SKINNY, are actually about some very personal experienceswith...someone very specific.”THE SKINNY had its world premiere at the OUTFEST FUSION FILM FESTIVAL 2012in Los Angeles, California on March 24th, 2013, where it was well-received. Fans from allover came to view the film and also watch as Patrik-Ian Polk received the 2012 FusionAchievement Award presented by famed director/producer Lee Daniels ("Precious"), whospoke highly of Polk."Being a filmmaker is very, very hard. Being a black filmmaker is really, really hard work.Being a GAY BLACK filmmaker is close to impossible. And having the balls to tell gay