"Fattitude" is a documentary film directed by Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman
Fattitude exposes the hollywood and media bias towards overweight people. The directors expose the bias and empower people of all body types with a great message. The judges loved this film and feel like it's a wake-up call for western society.
- Film Name: "Fattitude"
- Directors: Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman
- Director of Photography: Viridiana Lieberman
- Runtime: 88 Minutes
- Screening: Friday, November 10th, 2017
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- Tagline: "Fattitude is a feature length documentary that exposes how media culture encourages weight bias. The film offers alternative ways of thinking that embrace body acceptance at all sizes."
"Fattitude" Film Synopsis:
Fattitude is a feature length documentary that exposes how culture – particularly media culture - encourages weight bias and then offers alternative ways of thinking that embrace body acceptance at all sizes. Informed by a post-modern, post-colonial, feminist background, Fattitude is very conscious and attentive to the idea that fat hatred crosses the lines of race, class, sexuality and gender.
"Fattitude" Film Contributors:
The film features a diverse variety of voices such as academic scholars and activists. Hollywood directors and writers, as well as, psychologists. Rebecca Phul, Jackson Katz, Marilyn Wann and Sonya Renee Taylor present their views. Virgie Tovar, Jen Posner, Lindy West, Ricki Lake, Winne Holzman, Guy Branum, Tess Munster and Andrew Walen include their testimonials as well.
"Fattitude is a conscious the idea that fat hatred crosses the lines of race, class, sexuality and gender."
The story behind the story.
We had an opportunity to catch up with director Lindsey Averill for a short interview about the "Fattitude" film's back story.
- Why did you think that the Oregon Documentary Film Festival was a good place to submit and screen your film? “Fattitude has a large fan base in Portland. We were hoping to have a screening that would provide access to our film for those people. The Oregon documentary film festival shows interest in socially conscious films so it seemed like a good fit.”
- What is the title of your film and is there any special meaning to the title? “Fattitude is a single word that encompasses the righteous indignation and radical cultural revolution required to end weight bias.”
- Why did you choose to tell this particular story? “Personal experience, kismet, and it was something that just happened.”
- Did you discover certain story elements during the production of this film that you never expected to find in the planning stages of this project? “Oh god yes. There were moments when we were filming that blew our minds. Filming "Fattitude" was not just about making a movie is was also the journey to self love for both Viri and I.”
- Did anything happen during the production of this film that was very interesting, but never made it on camera? “We have over 100 hours of footage. There are so many darlings, incredible nuggets of information that we just couldn't include.”
- How did you fund this film? Did you use crowd funding? Do you have pressure to recoup the production costs somehow? “We used Kickstarter and donations. We are a total passion project.”
- What kind of audience reaction are you getting to this film? Discuss any Positives or Negatives that you feel comfortable talking about. “We've gotten both death threats and love letters. One of my favorite love letter came from a woman in her sixties who watched our trailer. She felt it was the first time in her life that she was given permission to stop hating herself.”
- Do you have plans for a sequel or future film that you are working on? Please discuss. “We talk about tackling ageism and the media, but it's still a pretty vague idea.”
- You have completed a documentary film, which is a huge achievement. Do you have any advice for a future filmmaker that is about to start a documentary project? Advice that you wish you had been given before you started yours? “Recognize that your timeline for production may be longer than you think. A documentary is a labor of love that will take all of your heart. It is a financial mountain and will require constant fundraising. Which can take a lot longer than expected.”