"A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story," follows, "The inspiring journey of 26-year-old, 63-pound Elizabeth Velasquez from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist." First-time director Sara Hirsh Bordo’s company, Women Rising, produced TEDxAustinWomen, where Velasquez’s famous "How Do You Define Yourself?" talk was presented.
Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school. As a teenager, she was bullied even more prominently online when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her "The World’s Ugliest Woman." The film chronicles unheard stories and details of her physical and emotional journey and follows her evolution as a motivational speaker and activist as she lobbies Congress for the first federal anti-bullying bill; the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA).
Cinedigm is targeting a traditional theatrical release in October 2015.