EMPIRE WAIST — Film Production (Summer 2021)
EMPIRE WAIST: A self-love story for teen girls everywhere.
Comedy writer Claire Ayoub (Amy Poehler's Smart Girls) wrote the film she wished she had seen as a teen girl struggling with her own body image issues. Her coming-of-age comedy EMPIRE WAIST has been acclaimed by The Black List for its deft handling of teen body image, body diversity, and for being just plain funny.
AWARDS & OTHER LOVELY THINGS
—Ranked #1 Comedy on The Black List
—Selected for The Black List Annual Feature Lab (2019)
—Semi-Finalist in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards.
FILMING SUMMER 2021
Claire is filming EMPIRE WAIST independently with a diverse, inclusive, and fairly paid cast & crew. Claire will be producing and directing the film in her hometown of New Canaan, CT — right where her own body image journey began.
Fundraising & Script Tour
To reach the film’s $570,000 budget, Claire is touring the country on a nine-city script tour this fall to raise funds and connect with donors, arts organizations, youth organizations, and potential investors who want to support this story and its powerful message of self-acceptance for young people everywhere.