Jessica Chou

 Award-winning feature Documentary

A Brave Heart:
The Lizzie Velasquez Story


Overview —

Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Lizzie was bullied in school by her classmates for looking different and online as a teenager when she discovered a video labeling her as “The Ugliest Woman in the World.”  Lizzie’s story proves that there is life on the other side of bullying and that self-worth and compassion are essential along the way. The award-winning documentary A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story chronicles unheard stories and details of Lizzie’s physical and emotional journey up to her multi-million viewed TEDx talk, and follows her pursuit from a motivational speaker to Capitol Hill as she lobbies for the first federal anti-bullying bill.

Film Accolades —

  • Record Kickstarter campaign | $215,000 raised

  • Worldwide Premiere at SXSW + Audience Award Winner

  • Top honors at 10 film festivals including SXSW, Traverse City, and Bentonville

  • Day & date domestic distribution by Cinedigm

  • Academy Awards Qualifying Run

  • Lifetime Channel Broadcast Debut

  • Access Hollywood | “Inspiring Beyond Belief”

  • Fandango, Dave Karger | “One of the 25 Best Films of 2015"

  • Double Webby Honoree | Social Entertainment

  • Clio Silver Award | Theatrical: Social Good

My Involvement —

As the line producer, I oversaw the entire production of A Brave Heart from the very beginning stages of fundraising through to post. I managed the Kickstarter campaign, created all initial artwork including the title treatment, poster, shareable graphics, etc., designed and developed the initial film website, created graphics for the film, managed the film budget from pre through post, booked crew and travel, scouted locations, managed clearances for licensed footage and music, handled festival submissions, managed all deliverables for distribution...and then some.

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story — Official Trailer

A Brave Heart Film Laurels

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story — Case Study