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SXSW Winner ‘Lizzie Velasquez’ Acquired by Cinedigm

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

The documentary premiered last month at SXSW and won the festival’s Audience Award in its category.

The film is targeted to have a traditional theatrical release in October followed by full distribution through physical, television and digital home entertainment channels and Cinedigm’s Docurama digital network in early 2016.

The film follows the journey of 26-year-old, 63-pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist. It is directed by Sara Hirsh Bordo and funded via a Kickstarter campaign.

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. 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 follows her evolution as motivational speaker and activist as she lobbies Congress for the first federal anti-bullying bill: the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA).

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