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UCIRA Artist Julie Wyman’s project “STRONG!” in Theaters and on PBS’s Independent Lens

Julie Wyman celebrates the premiere of her UCIRA and Creative Capital-supported project, the documentary STRONG!, with a national broadcast debut on PBS’s Independent Lens series on July 26. Leading up to the PBS broadcast, STRONG! will be touring major cities throughout the country from July 18-25,  using the new crowdsourcing platform TUGG to book one-night theatrical events in cities like Los Angeles, New York, San Diego and Atlanta, with more screenings to come. Last month, the film screened to wide critical praise at Silverdocs in Silver Spring, MD, and at the Frameline36 Festival in San Francisco.

STRONG! is the story of Cheryl Haworth, an Olympic weightlifter who has competed in three Olympic Games and held the title of National Champion for 11 consecutive years. Weighing close to 300 pounds, Cheryl uses her size to her competitive advantage in a sport that has traditionally been the province of men. But a woman of her size doesn’t easily fit into standard chairs, clothing sizes or preconceptions. STRONG! explores the contradiction of a body that is at once celebrated within the confines of her sport and shunned by mainstream culture. Through Haworth’s journey, we learn not only about the sport of weightlifting, but also the state of being weighty: the material, psychological, and social consequences and possibilities of a having a body that doesn’t fit.

Read an interview with Julie Wyman about the making of STRONG! and watch a trailer for the film on Creative Capital’s blog, The Lab.

Buy your tickets now for screenings of STRONG! in select cities, or book your own screening through TUGG. Julie Wyman and Cheryl Haworth will be in attendance for Q&A at many of the screenings!

July 18: Colorado Springs, CO, 7:30pm at Carmike 10
July 20: Savannah, GA, 7:30pm at Carmike 10
July 21: Atlanta, GA, 5:00pm at Plaza Theatre
July 23: New York, NY, 7:30pm at AMC Loews Village 7
July 24: San Diego, CA, 7:30pm at Cinema Under The Stars
July 25: Pasadena, CA, 7:30pm at Laemmle Playhouse 7

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