Cinedigm Releases the Award-Winning Film “A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY” Nationwide

Film will release theatrically in top markets and VOD simultaneously
on September 25
th across the country

on Friday, September 25th in the
following cities: New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Washington D.C.,
Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Scottsdale/Phoenix, San Antonio,
Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Chicago,
as well as on Digital HD
and On Demand simultaneously. The film is also available now for
pre-order to individuals, educators, communities and organizations who
want to host their own screenings in local theaters or license the film
for schools via the Tugg platform on the film’s website.
Women Rising will be donating a percentage of proceeds from the film to
The Megan Meier Foundation.

The highly acclaimed documentary, which won the Audience Award at
SXSW this year, has gone on to win awards at all eight film festivals it
has been a part of. Directed and produced by first-time filmmaker, Sara
Hirsh Bordo
, A BRAVE HEART showcases original music from
multi Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles. YouTube
celebrity Justine Ezarik (“iJustine”) and Alexis Jones,
founder of I AM THAT GIRL, serve as executive producers alongside

A BRAVE HEART follows the inspiring journey of 26-year-old,
63-pound Lizzie from cyberbullying 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. 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
Lizzie’s physical and emotional journey up to her multi-million viewed
TEDxAustinWomen talk (#1 TEDWomen event of 2013) 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). The film features private moments with Lizzie’s family
including her parents, Rita and Lupe, and siblings Marina and Chris
Velasquez. Also appearing in the documentary are anti-bullying advocate
and founder of the Megan Meier Foundation, Tina Meier,
anti-bullying expert Dr. Bob Faris, and Congresswomen Linda
, author of SSIA.

A BRAVE HEART will be playing at the following theaters opening
weekend (9/25):

  • New York/Village East
  • Los Angeles/ArcLight Hollywood
  • Washington, DC/ArcLight Bethesda
  • Austin/Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane
  • Austin/Violet Crown Cinema
  • Dallas/AMC Grapevine Mills
  • Houston/AMC First Colony 24
  • Philadelphia/AMC Neshaminy 24
  • Scottsdale|Phoenix/Harkins Shea
  • San Antonio/Santikos Embassy 14
  • San Antonio/Santikos Bijou Cinema Bistro
  • Minneapolis/Minneapolis Film Society
  • San Francisco/Roxie
  • Chicago/AMC South Barrington

To watch a very special video from Lizzie announcing each city where
the film will be shown, please view the following link:

Social Media: WEBSITE


Cinedigm is a leading independent content distributor in the United
States, with direct relationships with thousands of physical retail
storefronts and digital platforms, including Wal-Mart, Target, iTunes,
Netflix, and Amazon, as well as the national Video on Demand platform on
cable television. The company’s library of films and TV episodes
encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen
Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed independent films and
festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and
Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from brand name suppliers,
including National Geographic, Discovery, Scholastic, NFL, Shout
Factory, Hallmark, Jim Henson and more.

Additionally, given Cinedigm’s infrastructure, technology, content and
distribution expertise, the Company has rapidly become a leader in the
quickly evolving over-the-top digital network business. Cinedigm’s first
channel, DOCURAMA, launched in May 2014, and is currently available on
iOS, Roku, Xbox and Samsung, with additional platforms currently being
rolled out. Cinedigm launched CONtv, a Comic Con branded channel in
partnership with WIZARD WORLD, on March 3, 2015. The Company’s third OTT
channel, DOVE CHANNEL, will be a digital streaming subscription service
targeted to families and kids seeking high quality and family friendly
content approved by Dove Foundation. Adding to Cinedigm’s diversified
portfolio of digital networks, in early 2015 the Company announced an
OTT partnership with TV4 Entertainment and the planned launch of the
BRIGHT edu-tainment OTT channel. Cinedigm™ and Cinedigm Digital Cinema
Corp™ are trademarks of Cinedigm Corp.


Women Rising champions 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 its first film, “A BRAVE HEART: The Lizzie Velasquez Story.”
The film’s funding was launched via a Kickstarter campaign, becoming one
of the site’s most successful crowdfunded documentary projects of all
time. A BRAVE HEART premiered opening weekend of the 2014 South by
Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and went on to win the Audience Award in
its category in addition to top honors at every following festival
including Newport Beach Film Festival, the Geena Davis founded
Bentonville Film Festival, Illuminate Film Festival, Justice Film
Festival, New York’s Lower East Side Film Festival, Michael Moore’s
Traverse City Film Festival and the Rhode Island International Film
Festival. Directed and produced by Women Rising CEO and Founder, Sara
Hirsh Bordo, the film will begin its US release by Cinedigm in September
2015 and its International release early 2016.


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