WE DID IT!!! We are so grateful and humbled for every donation, every share, every ‘like’ that has brought us to crossing our goal of $180,000 in just 25 days! With 5 days left for our record-breaking campaign, we are excited to announce what is referred to on Kickstarter as a Stretch Goal. Our campaign goal of $180,000 will cover all of the costs of Filming the documentary - Crew, Equipment, Sound, and Transportation. Whatever we are lucky enough to raise beyond this until June 1st will go towards the Post-Production of the film including Editing the film, Original Music by incredible GRAMMY Nominated Artists (who are ready to go - amazing!), and Distribution efforts including Film Festival Submissions and getting this film In Theaters Worldwide so Team Lizzie can see what we did together!
In 1989, a young girl named Elizabeth “Lizzie” Velasquez was born to two excited first time parents, Rita and Lupe. Doctors soon discovered that Lizzie was one of only three people in the entire world who possess an extremely rare, unnamed syndrome, which prevents her from gaining weight. Lizzie’s parents were told not to expect much physical or mental advancement from their daughter. Now, at 25 years old, 58 pounds, and with more accomplishments than most achieve in a lifetime, she is ready to share her full story.
At 17, Lizzie found a video on YouTube calling her “The Ugliest Woman in the World.” The video, made by an online bully, also attracted some of the cruelest comments anyone could ever imagine; the very first of which said she should “do everyone a favor and just kill herself.” Lizzie decided shortly thereafter that she was not going to let someone who had never met her, bully her – much less, define her.
Lizzie had dreams of graduating college, becoming a motivational speaker and publishing a book. With hard work and a wildly resilient spirit, Lizzie accomplished her goals and is a graduate of Texas State University, one of the most sought after speakers in the world (her TEDxAustinWomen talk has garnered over 9 million views to date) and is about to publish her third book in the Fall of 2014. Now, Lizzie has a bigger dream to accomplish: to make the online community a more positive place than when she found it. Or, rather, when it found her.
This summer, we set forth to make a documentary about Lizzie’s extraordinary life and her story of adversity and proud survival. We follow her on an incredible journey to address online bullying and inspire a trending movement to change it for the better.
If nearly 10 million people have become her champions from 13 minutes, imagine what 90 minutes can do.
Check out Lizzie's Interviews since we launched our campaign!
We believe that we can’t ask of you what we wouldn’t ask of ourselves. We’ve already invested our own money and are looking for your help in securing the rest of the budget to get the film made and distributed to as wide of an audience as possible. For those new to Kickstarter, if we fall short of our goal by our 30-day deadline, we will lose all of the money raised and the opportunity to make this film.
Our goal is this: to raise $180k to fund the crew, lighting, sound, transportation and many other aspects that are necessary to complete physical production and shooting of the movie over the course of 10 weeks.
We don’t want to presume that we can raise ALL of the funds necessary for shooting the film all the way through to distribution, and we are very aware that few documentaries and films that have set a goal in our range end up raising the full amount. We are honored to be a part of the Kickstarter community and sincerely value each and every person that has viewed this page, and are grateful for however close we can get to our end goal of raising enough for our entire production and post-production.
Kickstarter is the best example of what can be accomplished when a community comes together. We thank you for your time, your donations and your shared belief with ours that -- as as a unified community -- there's nothing we can't do.
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Risks and challenges
We recognize that we have a higher budget than most films on Kickstarter. Because of Lizzie’s syndrome, her body gets tired more easily and, since she's our real life heroine, we have to create an extended shooting schedule that is mindful of her physical needs. This means that we have to shoot over a longer period of time, so she can build in proper rest and recovery time in between.
Our team is made up of successful former film studio alums and we are hoping to get cooperation from our friends at the big video and social networks to participate. Our intention is to make things better, not point fingers. We are optimistic that Lizzie's experiences and championship of YouTube through her own video series, will help open the doors to hear her real-life story and be the catalyst for further change with online bullying.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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