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.


—Ranked #1 Comedy on The Black List

—Selected for The Black List Annual Feature Lab (2019)

—Semi-Finalist in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards.


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.

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    Allie Diehl | $100

    I’m so proud of you Claire!!!

    Kaden | $25

    You rocked it AND your hair looked great today!

    Elizabeth Moncure | $26.19

    Go Empire Waist! :)


    Very excited to hear more about your script and filming!! Love watching the process to create your film!

    Steve | $26.19

    Take my money!

    Wendy Hilboldt | $250

    Jane Condon | $100

    Keep going, Claire! We all believe in you!


    Jane Schaffer | $50

    Philip Henson


    So proud of you Claire! Can't wait to see this gem of yours on the big screen!

    Nick Domino | $50

    For making my elementary bus school rides so much more enlightened.

    Noreen DiRocco | $259.11

    You go Claire! I knew you would!

    Jeann Gnuse | $100

    Karin Robinsantos | $52.07

    Sallome | $50

    Looking forward to all of the designers of "junior" wear to get ready for the young women ready to live this in real life!

    Jen Spindel | $52.07

    GO CLAIRE!!! You're amazing and I can't wait to see everything you do!

    Erin Raab

    ❤️ Claire you are amazing! You got this. Can’t wait to be at the premiere ;) xoxo


    So proud of you, Claire. Can't wait to see Empire Waist in theaters. - Boafoa

    Darcy Kupferschmidt | $103.83

    Claire, your commitment to a diverse and fairly paid cast is inspiring! So excited for you!

    Gloria | $10

    Love what you're doing and wish I could give more -- keep it up!

    Bridget Goodbody | $25

    Go get em, Claire!

    Kristen Fleming | $50

    Break a leg, Claire! It has been so exciting to see your success. Cannot wait to see the film!!

    Jane Condon | $500