The Skinny

The Skinny

Shanika Warren-Markland, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Jussie Smollett, Blake Young-Fountain and Anthony Burrell star in THE SKINNY, a film by Patrik-Ian Polk. Picture courtesy Tall Skinny Black Boy Productions. All rights reserved.

The Skinny

Also Starring:
Executive Producer:
  • Juan Battle
  • Michael Bennett
  • Michael Robinson
  • Reuel Rogers
  • Scott Tepper
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The Skinny (2012)

Opened: 04/06/2012 Limited

World Premiere03/24/2012 - 03/24/20121 day
Washington, DC04/06/2012 - 04/12/20127 days
Kendall Square...05/04/2012 - 05/10/20127 days
Music Hall 305/11/2012 - 05/17/20127 days
Quad Cinema/NYC06/08/2012 - 07/05/201228 days

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Genre: Romantic Comedy/Drama

Rated: Unrated


From the director of cult film favorites PUNKS and NOAH'S ARC, comes the much-anticipated third feature from Patrik-Ian Polk, 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.

Drink, 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.

Cast Biographies

Jussie Smollett (Magnus)

Coming from a family of entertainers, Jussie Smollett has been studying the business of show since the age of four. As 1/6 of the ultra-talented Smollett siblings, he is best known for his acting. From playing opposite Halle Berry and Danny Glover in Alex Haley's Queen, his roles in Disney's The Mighty Ducks and Rob Reiner's North to starring alongside his siblings in ABC's short lived but cult favorite, On Our Own, Smollett is no stranger to the industry. This April, Jussie gives them something to talk about, playing the ballsy lead role of Magnus in award-winning director Patrik-Ian Polk's The Skinny. The tale of five college friends who reunite in NYC for a weekend of sex, sin and self examination.

Aside from acting, 2012 is gearing up to be extra busy for Smollett with the release of his EP, The Poisoned Hearts Club. Pegged as "a quiet storm" by, the music boasts a mix of pop/soul over alternative/hip hop beats and have been well received by audiences in his live shows from Los Angeles and New York to Zurich and Paris leading his first single "Get Em Up" into rotation on MTV France. Called by one of his mentors, fellow actor/activist Alfre Woodard, "A young man whose heart is as big as his talent..." Smollett sets the tone for what is sure to be a journey worth watching.

Blake Young-Fountain (Sebastian)

Blake Young-Fountain started acting from a young age by performing in the theatre. After graduating the NYU Tisch Drama Program, Blake made the transition from the stage to the big screen by receiving the lead role in the indie film, "Blueprint," which screened at the film market at the Cannes Film Festival. After working on several other independent films, Blake guest starred on TV shows such as "2 Broke Girls," "Parenthood," and "Gossip Girl." Most recently, Blake had the privilege to be directed by Vanessa Williams in the "Greater Than AIDS" PSA for the Black AIDS Institute. Finally, Blake felt honored and was thrilled to work with director Patrik-Ian Polk and the talented cast and crew of "The Skinny."

Shanika Warren-Markland (Langston)

Shanika trained at YoungBlood Theatre Company. Her career began on Television playing the lead role of Lillie in 'More Than Love' (Channel 4) and she went on to play the roles of Sophie Brewster in Spooks Kudos/BBC and Hayley in Holby City BBC.On film Shanika made her debut as Kayla in the critically acclaimed, Adulthood directed by Noel Clarke which was quickly followed by the co-lead role of Kerrys in She then filmed the role of Ashleigh in Demons Never Die out last year, Langston in The Skinny and Charmaine in Victim which will hit cinemas later in the year

Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (Joey)

Canadian born Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman is an actor & international fashion model who began working at age 16 traveling the world as a model before returning to North America to focus on television and film. In 2006 he landed his first role in a feature film & has since been working non-stop booking guest starring & leading roles in numerous American television series & flims.

Most notibly his critically acclaimed breakthrough performance in the HBO drama Dear Mr.Gacy as well as 2 seasons on the MGM franchise Stargate Universe & the Nickelodeon animated series Iron Man: Armored Adventures voicing the iconic Superhero The Black Panther. Jeffrey lives in New York City & continues to work in fashion & film.

Anthony Burrell (Kyle)

A native of Philadelphia, Anthony Burrell began acting, dancing, choreographing at age 14 as a student at Point Breeze Performing Arts Center. Anthony's extraordinary talent was evident even then, earning him an emerging choreographer award, and later resulting in him being appointed resident choreographer for the school. Anthony was a two times local gold medalist, and the 1998 national gold medalist for the NAACP ACT-SO competition in the category of dance. He attended The University of the Arts on a Promising Artist scholarship, Anthony was sought out by Judith Jamison to joined Ailey II, and soon after selected to be in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Anthony went on to experience great success as a Dancer/Choreographer in the music industry.

He appeared on Tv, Award shows such as 'The Oprah Winfrey Show', 'The View', The Grammy Awards, and countless others. He danced, choreographed, and was dance captain for recording artist such as Beyonce, Destiny's Child, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Mary J. Blige, and Erika Jane to name a few.

He is currently starring as 'Hank' in Twyla Tharp's Broadway Musical 1st national tour of "Come Fly Away". In summer of 2011, Burrell was casted in Patrick Ian Polk's "THE SKINNY" as 'Kyle'. This marks Anthony's debut performance in a feature film. As a seasoned actor/dancer/choreographer he intends to conquer the world of entertainment with his talent and love for the Arts.

Jennia Fredrique (Samantha)

Born in Gary Indiana, Jennia moved to New York then Chicago to study theater before relocating to Los Angeles to "make it happen". Since arriving to the city of Angels, Jennia has been doing just that! When it comes to making people laugh, Jennia is no joke.

You've seen her in recurring roles on several shows such as City Guys, Half and Half, and One on One. She's also guest starred on My Wife and Kids, Cuts, Passions and the Hughley's to name a few. You may recognize Ms. Fredrique in her most recent roles,starring in the film "Who Made the Potato Salad" opposite Eddie Griffin and a regular onthe critically acclaimed show Noah's Arc, which aired for two seasons.

Ms. Fredrique currently co-produces and hosts celebrity interview series "Beyond the Talent" where she gets up close and personal with some of the biggest names in the music and entertainment industry. In the show's first season Jennia sits down with: Usher, Akon, Flo Rida, Rick Ross, Kevin Hart, T-Pain, Far East Movement, Miguel and more.

Dustin Ross (Ryan)

A Michigan native, Dustin Fredric Ross left a promising career in labor relations and relocated to New York City to pursue his dream of an acting career. Channeling his passion for story telling and expression of emotion, he incessantly sought out opportunities to hone his skills as a thespian on the theater circuit. After landing several roles, including a confidence-building lead portraying Harry Belafonte, Dustin decided to set his sights on television and film, and was delighted to be cast as Ryan in the feature film "The Skinny." A natural talent and vividly charismatic performer, Dustin looks forward to future opportunities to share his gift with the world.

Robb Sherman (Junot)

Robb, a Detroit native, left his home at the age of 18 to explore his options in Los Angeles. Once there, he found Los Angeles Academy of the Theater Arts where he learned to love the craft and decided that acting was what he wanted to pursue. From there, he was cast in the European tour of HAIR. He traveled with that show for the next 3 years, touring every inch of Western Europe, and meeting the best of friends to date. From Europe, he made his way to New York where he was cast in another Galt MacDermot piece called "The Human Comedy," opposite Debbie Boone. Robb was asked to be a part of the union (Actor's Equity) through that show and worked from that point on. Robb was later discovered by Ford Model Management, which shifted his gaze towards television and film. But, theater was always in his heart. When the opportunity came to make appearances on "The Rosie Show" with Rosie O' Donnell as one of her "Broadway Boys, " he took it without hesitation.

The Skinny is Robb's feature film debut and he couldn't be more proud and elated to have been chosen as the role of Junot. Robb has long hoped to work with Patrik-Ian Polk and found himself that much more blessed once he met the cast.