Thursday, April 23, 2015

A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY will be at the Newport Beach Film Festival!

A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY will be at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Wednesday, April 28th at 7pm at the Regency Theatre South Coast Village. Lizzie Velasquez, Director / Producer Sara Hirsh Bordo and Executive Producers Julia & Stephanie Argyros will all be in attendance in addition to other members of our cast and crew. This special screening is a sneak preview of the movie before it is released in theaters this fall and we hope to see you there. Attached please find additional information on the film and, If interested, interview requests should be sent directly to my attention at the contact information below.

NBFF Screening Information


From the producers of the most viewed TEDWomen event of 2013 comes "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story," a documentary following the inspiring journey of 25 year old, 58 pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist. Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Velasquez
was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her "The World's Ugliest Woman.” The film chronicles unheard stories and details of Lizzie’s physical and emotional journey up to her multi-million viewed TEDx talk, and follows her pursuit from a motivational speaker to Capitol Hill as she lobbies for the first federal anti-bullying bill.

View the Trailer: ENGLISH | SPANISH Download the Poster: ENGLISH | SPANISH


Women Rising champions unique stories and creates memorable experiences that empower women and girls worldwide. In 2013, Women Rising produced and programmed the inaugural TEDxAustinWomen in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. The event became the #1 viewed TEDWomen event of 2013 from over 220 events
across 58 countries. In 2014, Women Rising produced the documentary “A BRAVE HEART: The Lizzie Velasquez Story.” The film’s production was funded via a Kickstarter campaign and was one of the site’s most successful crowdfunded documentary projects of all time. A BRAVE HEART premiered opening weekend of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and went on to win the Audience Award in its category. Directed by Women Rising CEO and Founder, Sara Hirsh Bordo, the film will begin its release in the US by Cinedigm in Fall of 2015.


Director & Producer - Sara Bordo | Director of Photography - Ben Powell | Editor - Christopher Roldan | Co-Editor -

Jose Marcelino Ortiz | Writer - Michael Campo | Line Producer - Jessica Chou | Associate Producers - Ngoc Nguyen,

Tamar Teifeld, Michael Campo, Joanne Storkan | Executive Producers - Julia Argyros, Stephanie Argyros, Lizzie

Velasquez, Alexis Jones, Justine Ezarik | Original Music - Sara Bareilles and Javier Dunn


The View: Lizzie’s Appearance on “The View”
NY Times: They called her "The Ugliest Woman in the World". Now Lizzie Velasquez is fighting back The Washington Post: She was mocked for looking different.
Now she fights bullying in SXSW documentary
People: How Being Called the 'World's Uglies Woman'
Inspired Lizzie Velasquez to be an Activist
Variety: SXSW Film Awards

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