2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story

Saturday, March 14
11:00AM - 12:18PM

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Ave


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.

Section: Documentary Spotlight
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Runtime: 78min

Director: Sara Hirsh Bordo

Executive Producer: Lizzie Velasquez, Justine Ezarik

Producer: Sara Hirsh Bordo,

Cinematographer: Ben Powell

Editor: Christopher Roldan

Music: Sara Bareilles and Javier Dunn

Additional Credits: Line Producer: Jessica Chou, Associate Producer: Ngoc Nguyen, Writer / Associate Producer: Michael Campo, Executive Producer: Alexis Jones, Associate Producer: Tamar Teifeld

Principal Cast: Lizzie Velasquez, Rita Velasquez, Lupe Velasquez, Chris Velasquez, Marina Velasquez, Rep. Linda Sanchez, Robert Faris, PhD, Tina Meier


Sara has held senior roles at Paramount Pictures and MGM Studios, as Co-Founder of NowLive and Producer of TEDxAustinWomen. In 2012, she attended The White House Champions for Change Summit, has been twice nominated for Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur and is a member of the Producer's Guild New Media Council and Women's Impact Network.

Sales Agent: Preferred Content - Kevin Iwashina

Public Film Contact
Sara Hirsh Bordo
Women Rising

Publicity Contact
Ngoc Nguyen



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