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Institute History

  • 2016 Sundance Film Festival

Description

This six-part web series follows feminist and wannabe YouTube star Jessie Kahnweiler as she struggles to live, love, and get over her bulimia. On a mission to save the world and get rid of her love handles, Jessie demands honesty from everyone but herself. The series is a new kind of dark comedy for those who know that the most beautiful moments in life ain’t always so pretty.

Writer, director, and star Jessie Kahnweiler is a force to be reckoned with. Mining dark terrain for hilarity is a treacherous game that she plays masterfully. The series doesn’t shy away from heavy issues but rather embraces them head-on—and in doing so opens up a completely fresh and funny perspective.

The Festival debuts six 10-minute episodes. After the screening, join creator Jessie Kahnweiler, executive producer Jill Soloway (Wifey.tv), Andrea Sperling, and Rebecca Odes; executive producers Paul Young, Illeana Douglas, and Refinery29's chief content officer Amy Emmerich for a juicy discussion about the creative process, innovations in distribution, the future of feminist media, and whether Jessie will ever get properly laid.

— Trevor Groth

Screening Details

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