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Writers: Charlene deGuzman, Sarah Adina Smith, Mark Duplass | Director: Suzi Yoonessi | Producer: Jen Roskind | Editor: Kristina Davies | Composer: Christopher French | Cinematographer: Moira Morel | Cast: Charlene deGuzman, John Hawkes, Melissa Leo | USA / 2018 / 79 min

About the Film

After a night of alcohol-fueled sex with strangers, actress Joy (Charlene deGuzman) hits rock bottom and attends a 12-step meeting for sex and love addiction. There, she convinces Maddie (Melissa Leo) to be her sponsor. Maddie allows Joy to recover in her grandmother’s guesthouse, but sets strict rules, including forbidding her from interacting with Jim (John Hawkes), Maddie’s estranged brother and their grandmother’s caregiver. But Joy and Jim each end up being just what the other needs to heal in this fresh dramatic comedy.

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About the Filmmakers

Charlene deGuzman was born and raised in San Jose, California. She spent her childhood as a competitive dancer, then moved to New York City to pursue magazine journalism. She quickly ended up back on stage, performing Off-Broadway and in the national tour of Stomp. Currently in Los Angeles, Charlene first garnered attention tweeting as @charstarlene on Twitter, and writing and starring in her own short films like I Forgot My Phone, which went viral and has over 50 million views. Unlovable is her first feature film.

Iranian American director Suzi Yoonessi's feature film, Dear Lemon Lima, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and her second feature, Unlovable, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. She most recently directed Daphne and Velma, the origin movie of the characters from Scooby Doo, for Warner Brother’s Blue Ribbon Content.

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