New York Today: The Children of 9/11

“We’ve committed to filming every single 9/11 kid that wants to be filmed,” she said. So far, they’ve interviewed nearly 70 of the more than 3,000 children who lost parents in the attacks, many of whom she was able to reach through the organization Tuesday’s Children. The current participants range in age from 15 — children whose mothers were pregnant then — to 52.

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How The 18-Year-Old Behind ‘We Go Higher’ Is Bringing A New Voice To 9/11, 16 Years Later

This September will mark 16 years since the 9/11 attacks — one of the most horrific act of terrorism America has witnessed. While news coverage of the event has been plentiful, a teenage victim, who lost her father and two uncles in the tragic event, is coming forward to tell her story. Eighteen-year-old Delaney Colaio will co-direct the upcoming documentary We Go Higher alongside Michael Campo with producer Sara Hirsh Bordo, CEO of Women Rising. While Colaio recognizes that there has been coverage of the children greatly impacted by 9/11, she hasn’t quite seen the story told her way. Over the phone, she and Bordo explain why now is the perfect time to tell it.

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‘Protect Her’ Debuts at Carmel Film Festival

Considering the recent stories of sexual harassment in Silicon Valley and Hollywood as well as the recent decision by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsey DeVos to rescind recent guidelines on campus assault cases it’s hard to imagine a more appropriate time for “Protect Her” to debut. The documentary follows Alexis Jones, a motivational speaker who formed an organization to encourage student athletes to change the culture around sexual assault and the “locker room talk” mentality.

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“ProtectHer” Is Trying To Stop Sexual Assault, One Locker Room At A Time

But beyond standing in solidarity, how can we actually change rape culture — especially among student athletes like Turner, who are setting the example for other young men? Jones, founder of the project ProtectHer, has been trying to answer just that question for years. She's been touring the country for two years now, talking to young male athletes in high school and college about sexual assault and consent, one locker room at a time. She chooses to give her presentations in that space because she knows it is sacred to them; a place where they consider what it means to be a man, and a winner.

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'A Brave Heart' Review

A Brave Heart is a tender and soulful film about a tender and soulful human being. It illuminates the early life of Lizzie, the awful moment that changed her life forever, and what she did after.

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She was mocked for ‘looking different.’ Now she fights bullying in SXSW documentary.

A 26-year-old Texan, Lizzie Velasquez stands 5 feet 2 inches tall. She weighs a little more than 60 pounds. That’s because she suffers from a rare syndrome that keeps her from gaining weight. Throughout her life, her condition has made her a target for bullies, who once dubbed her the “world’s ugliest woman” on social media. But over the years, she said, she has used others’ negativity to “light my fire to keep me going.”

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Cinedigm Will Release ‘A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velásquez Story’ on September 25

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” gained critical acclaim at this year’s SXSW, where it won the Audience Award in its category for telling the empowering story of Lizzie Velasquez, the 63-pound 26-year-old anti-bullying activist who is changing the nation as we speak. Born with a rare condition in which she cannot gain weight, Velasquez was the victim of cyberbullying throughout her childhood, especially through a YouTube video she discovered about her entitled “The Ugliest Woman In The World.” 

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SXSW Women Directors: Meet Sara Hirsh Bordo — ‘A Brave Heart’

“A Brave Heart” is Sara Hirsh Bordo’s film directorial debut. She 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. (Press materials)

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LatinoBuzz: Exclusive Interview with Anti-Bullying Activist Lizzie Velázquez

Lizzie Velasquez was born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight along with other medical issues. She lived with this syndrome for 25 years undiagnosed. Her appearance found her withdrawing from other students, getting bullied and constantly stared at. The film, “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velazquez Story,” directed by Sara Hirsh Bordo, follows Lizzie as she dedicates her life to being an anti-bullying activist after discovering millions of people all over the world were inspired by her story.

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