Suzi Yoonessi USA / 2018 / 79 minutes
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Suzi Yoonessi, Charlene deGuzman
Drawing on personal experience, lead Charlene deGuzman portrays a quirky and colorful young woman — who happens to be a sex and love addict. After her compulsive behavior spirals out of control, Joy commits to a 12-step program, where she finds a tough-love sponsor (Melissa Leo) and a place to live, as she struggles to get her life back on track. When Joy strikes an unlikely friendship with her musically-talented, reclusive neighbor Jim (John Hawkes), she learns there is more than one way to cope with her self-destructive tendencies. Exchanging her collection of sex toys for a pair of drumsticks, Joy and Jim embark on a musical journey that pushes them to awkwardly confront their individual quirks and excesses. Produced by the Duplass brothers and directed by Suzi Yoonessi, Unlovable, in the guise of a rom-com, uses humor — and great music — to shed light on dealing with addiction and finding companionship through shared hardship. —Avery Davenport
Award-winning director Suzi Yoonessi's feature film Unlovable premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, winning a Special Jury Prize. Produced by the Duplass Brothers, the film was picked up by Orion Classics for theatrical distribution. Yoonessi's film Dear Lemon Lima premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film was released by Phase 4 Films, HBO, Showtime and The Sundance Channel. Yoonessi most recently directed Daphne & Velma for Warner Bros.
Yoonessi was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Directing of go90's Relationship Status. She directs branded, short and commercial spots for Funny or Die, Conde Nast, Smart Girls, Attn:, Portal A, Retrofit, and Super Deluxe and was nominated for a Streamy Award for her International Women's Day spot #OwnYourVoice.
Yoonessi received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a recipient of the FMI Directing Fellowship.
Cast/Featuring: Charlene deGuzman, John Hawkes, Melissa Leo, Paul James, Ellen Geer
Executive Producer(s): Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Suzi Yoonessi, Sarah Smick, Ian Michaels, Cary Anderson
Producer(s): Jen Roskind
Director(s): Suzi Yoonessi
Screenwriter(s): Charlene deGuzman, Sarah Adina Smith, Mark Duplass
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