'Fattitude' - Because Every BODY Deserves Respect.

Stop Press: Fattitude, the feature-length documentary highlighting fat prejudice – and what we can do about it – is in post-production.

Lindsey (L) and Veri (R)

Lindsey (L) and Veri (R)

And – fundraising.

It’s a few months now since I posted “Fattitude Has the Right Attitude!“,my in-depth interview with Fattitude’s filmmakers Lindsey Averill and Veri Lieberman. The team have been busy working on the film, developing their new fundraising campaign and re-launching their website, www.fattitudethemovie.com.

Why donate? Because…

…the film examines how popular media perpetuates the fat hatred and fat-shaming that results in a very real cultural bias and a civil rights issue for people who are living in fat bodies…offering an alternative way of thinking. – Lindsey Averill

We desperately need to educate against this very real discrimination. A society with only one acceptable body type creates a toxic environment where eating disorders, poor self-esteem and negative body image will flourish. Not acceptable.

Wanting to see how the team were getting on, I recently I caught up with Lindsey via Skype (she in Florida, me in London). As a body image activist, academic, feminist and documentary film-maker, Lindsey is as determined as ever to get Fattitude into the public domain.

What did I learn?

  • They are seeking additional funds of $100K.
  • Post-production costs for a feature length documentary film are very high.
  • The trolls and stalkers are still lurking. The line between free speech and hate speech is a fine line.

The plan, Lindsey told me, is to bring the finished documentary in 2016 to festivals, and then on to a larger audience via theatres, DVD and streaming services.

Fattitude the Movie

Fattitude The Movie

The new trailer for the movie is terrific, a real teaser…leaving me wanting more. A good sign.

A variety of activists, academics, actors and health professionals are featured, including Substantia Jones of The Adipositivity Project, writer Lindy West, NEDA’s Claire Mysko, The Body Positive‘s co-founder, Elizabeth Scott, and The Body Is Not An Apology‘s Sonya Renee Taylor.

Lindsey and Veri have a number of fundraising initiatives in the pipeline. Currently you can donate via Fattitude’Independent Filmmaker Project fiscal sponsorship page. All donations are (US) tax deductible and your donation will literally help change people’s attitudes.

You can keep up to date with developments for this exciting film through Twitter,@fattitudemovie, via the website  www.fattitudethemovie.com and Facebook. 

There’s no doubt in my mind that this is a film that must be seen by the largest audience possible.

‘Every BODY Deserves Respect’ is so much more than a tagline –  it is a call to arms.

Let us all answer it.

 

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