FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FILMMAKER PATRIK-IAN POLK OF “PUNKS” AND “NOAH’S ARC” FAME RELEASES HIS LATEST

FEATURE FILM “THE SKINNY” ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DFW PRIDE MOVEMENT TO RELEASE HIS LATEST MOVIE IN DALLAS, TX EXCLUSIVE WEEKEND ENGAGEMENT BEGINS APRIL 20TH

(April 12 – Dallas, TX) From the director of cult classics PUNKS and NOAH’S ARC, comes the much-anticipated third feature film from Patrik-Ian Polk: THE SKINNY, a sharply scripted comedy about a group of four young, black, gay men (Magnus, Sebastian, Kyle, Joey) and their lesbian best friend (Langston). They arrange to meet up in New York City one year after their graduation from Brown University. Their plans for a weekend of fun start off well, relaxed in each other’s company as only old friends can be. But old tensions quickly resurface. Drinking, drugs, hidden desire and the demands of promiscuity put friendship, trust and even lives at risk. In between sharp one-liners and a great soundtrack there’s a few important lessons that these pleasure-seekers must learn for themselves. Written with a real sense of the demands of urban living, these bright and believable characters will remind you of someone you know. Remaining true to his past work, Polk addresses issues in THE SKINNY that face the LGBT community such as date-rape, infidelity, and HIV/AIDS awareness.

The film stars Jussie Smolett (the former child actor of “Mighty Ducks” & “North”, and brother of actress Jurnee Smollett), Blake Young-Fountain, Anthony Burrell, Shanika Warren-Markland and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman. 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”). Also, the film introduces newcomer 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 Movement United Black Ellument, 7Connection, Touch Down Entertainment, Roy Murray of Black Knight Productions, other African American LGBT organizations and allies to promote the importance of health in the LGBT Community, especially in the Black and Latino communities. The organizations will sponsor appearances, afternoon and evening receptions and panel discussions featuring producer/director Polk and cast members Jussie Smollett, Blake Young-Fountain and Jennia Fredrique (who all appear in the Black AIDS Institute’s latest PSA campaign “Greater Than AIDS”). The Skinny director and cast will be on hand to discuss the HIV awareness story-lines in the movie and other sexual health issues of importance to the LGBT population. “I’ve been involved with the Black AIDS Institute since the early days of my NOAH’S ARC television series, and I’ve been addressing issues of HIV and AIDS in my work since my first film PUNKS,” Polk explains. “So it makes perfect sense to partner with other African American LGBT organizations across the country to promote their great cause and highlight the HIV awareness issues raised in my new film THE SKINNY.” Patrik IanPolk The film also features music written and performed by Patrik-Ian Polk. With tunes that illustrate the highs and lows of the film, Polk sings with his heart and soul to capture the essence of the movie’s message. Polk says he was inspired by artists such as GrammyAward winning Adele, “who created a very personal album based on her romantic experiences”. Polk continues to share coyly that, “...most of the songs I wrote, although they fit very nicely in THE SKINNY, are actually about some very personal experiences with...someone very specific.” THE SKINNY had its world premiere at the OUTFEST FUSION FILM FESTIVAL 2012 in Los Angeles, California on March 24th, 2013, where it was well-received. Fans from all over came to view the film and also watch as Patrik-Ian Polk received the 2012 Fusion Achievement Award presented by famed director/producer Lee Daniels ("Precious"), who spoke 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

stories in cinema the way Patrik-Ian Polk has done is inspiring to me because I don't have those balls yet...The work jumps off the screen. His honesty, his ability to tap into the truth with all of the characters," said Lee Daniels. THE SKINNY also had its international premiere in two sold-out screenings, March 31st and April 1st, in London at the famed British Film Institute. THE SKINNY opened Friday, April 6th for an exclusive one-week engagement in Atlanta at the Midtown Art Cinema (931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308) and Washington D.C. at the E Street Cinema (555 11th Street NW, Washington DC 20004) with more cities to follow. In Dallas, there will be a special VIP reception for the local media, allies and LGBT community leaders with Polk and the cast followed by the screening at the Magnolia Theatre located in West Village at 3699 Mckinney Ave # 100, Dallas, TX 75204. The special premiere showings are at 7:30pm and 9:45pm with DJ Frances Jaye bumping House & Neo Soul music. There will be an Invitation Only “All Black With A Touch of Red After Party” to follow at 11:30pm. THE SKINNY ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK will be released digitally on April 17th and THE SKINNY will have its television premiere on MTV’s Logo Network this July. For more information, see http://www.skinnythemovie.com . For media inquires, interview and VIP invitation requests, please contact Derrick Spillman at 214-440-9300 or derrickdfwpride@gmail.com.

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