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HUG IT OUT: Pilot Episode

Post-divorce and seriously broke, Gwen moves to LA and takes a reluctant deep-dive into the odd, hilarious subculture of professional snuggling -- (something she didn't even know was a "real thing" until last week). Challenged by her longstanding intimacy issues and the unique array of snuggling clients, Gwen will be forced to shift her perspective in order to cope -- and maybe even thrive -- in this bizarre new life.

  • Kincaid Walker
  • Jason Eksuzian
    "DINKS," "I Miss Drugs"
  • Kincaid Walker
  • Jason Eksuzian
  • Kincaid Walker
    Key Cast
    "Speechless," "Parks and Recreation," "My Name is Earl"
  • Parvesh Cheena
    Key Cast
    "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," "The Goldbergs," "Outsourced"
  • Brice Beckham
    Key Cast
    "New Girl," "Burn Notice"
  • Project Type:
    Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Austin Film Festival
    United States
    November 1, 2017
    Digital Series Finalist
  • Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 17, 2017
    Best Web Series
  • Knoxville Film Festival
    United States
    September 15, 2017
    Best Web-series Pilot
  • Imagine This Women's International Film Festival
    United States
    November 12, 2017
    Best Web Series
  • Studio City Film Festival
    Studio City
    United States
    November 4, 2017
  • Atlanta Film Festival
    United States
    April 16, 2018
    Georgia Premiere
  • Portland Comedy Film Festival
    Portland, Oregon
    United States
    March 24, 2018
    Oregon premiere
Director Biography - Jason Eksuzian

A graduate of Bennington College, Jason cut his teeth in production in New York City before venturing west. First in Portland, Oregon and now in Los Angeles, Jason creates work for television, major brands, digital outlets and the stage.

In addition to directing "Hug It Out," his other digital series includes "I Miss Drugs," created and directed by Jason, a hilariously bleak and wildly relatable comedy series about aging hipsters. The series gained a cult following, and was screened at the SXSW Film Festival, the LA Comedy Festival and was honored as a Vimeo Staff Pick. As well, the second digital series created by Jason,"DINKS" (Dual Income, No Kids), starring Kincaid Walker from "Hug It Out," made a huge splash online and was featured on Funny or Die, Blip and in USA Today.

In 2015, Jason was selected to travel to India to film the meeting of Nobel Laureates' Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness The Dalai Lama. The five-day event was transcribed into the New York Times bestseller, "The Book of Joy."

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