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Cinedigm Picks Up Inspiring SXSW Doc ‘A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story’

Cinedigm Picks Up Inspiring SXSW Doc 'A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story'

Cinedigm has acquired the North American theatrical, digital and home entertainment distribution rights to SXSW Audience Award winner “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story.”

“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.

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