8th - 14th March 2018


Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman - 2017 USA - 1h 27 min

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. The film features a diverse variety of voices such as academic scholars, activists, hollywood types (directors, writers and actors) and psychologists, including the likes of Rebecca Phul, Jackson Katz, Marilyn Wann, Sonya Renee Taylor, Virgie Tovar, Jen Posner, Lindy West, Ricki Lake, Winne Holzman, Guy Branum, Tess Munster, Andrew Walen and many others.

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Director: Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman

indsey Averill completed her M.F.A in Writing from Emerson College and is A.B.D in the Comparative Studies Ph.D. Program at FAU. The focus of Lindsey’s research is feminism, fat civil rights and the representation of fat bodies in popular culture. Lindsey’s writing and social critique has appeared on CNN.com, xojane, Time.com, The Huffington Post, Alternet, Refinery29, Bustle and other media outlets. Lindsey is one of those public intellectual types, who has dedicated her life to ending the hateful relationships people have with their bodies and changing the national conversation about body image so that it focuses on the very real issues of bias and systemic prejudice.

Viridiana received her BFA in Film from the Miami International University of Art and Design and her M.A. in Women's Studies from FAU. She was an Associate Producer for Back on Board: Greg Louganis and worked under director Liz Garbus on Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper. Currently, she is editing a documentary investigating the rape kit backlog, with a creative team including Geeta Gandbhir, Marc Levin, Trish Adlesic and Mariska Hargitay. Viridiana’s book Sports Heroines on Film: A Critical Study of Cinematic Women Athletes, Coaches and Owners was released by McFarland Publishing. Viridiana is a storyteller who has pledged her life to telling stories that include everyone, in every form.