Join Olympian Cheryl Haworth for a free online social screening of the Independent Lens season finale STRONG! Thursday August 2, at 12 pm PT / 3 pm ET at womenandgirlslead.org.
Can’t get enough of the Olympics? In celebration of the summer games in London, Women and Girls Lead invites you to a special online social screening of STRONG!
STRONG! profiles Olympian Cheryl Haworth, the strongest woman in the world for almost a decade. A formidable figure, standing at 5’8” and weighing over 300 pounds, Haworth struggles to defend her champion status as her lifetime weightlifting career inches towards its inevitable end. Follow her journey and the challenges this unusual elite athlete faces, exploring popular notions of power, strength, beauty, and health.
Interact with Haworth herself, the filmmaker Julie Wyman, and other viewers in real-time while watching the film online. Free and open to the public.
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Julie Wyman produced and directed STRONG!, which looks at weightlifter Cheryl Haworth’s struggle to defend her champion status as her lifetime weightlifting career inches towards its inevitable end. Wyman received ITVS’s Open Call funding and in the clip below discusses why public television was the best match for the challenging themes of her film.
Interested in applying for Open Call? ITVS is looking for single public television programs on any subject, viewpoint or style. We fund programs that bring new audiences to public television and expand civic participation by bringing diverse voices into the public sphere. This year’s deadline is July 31, 2009.