People Person: Documentaries by Jeanie Finlay
In February 2016, an anonymous blogger known as @yrfatfriend penned a post entitled “A Request From Your Fat Friend: What I Need When We Talk About Bodies” that discussed the realities of what it’s like to go through life as a self-described “very fat person” with candor and vulnerability. The piece struck a chord and quickly went viral. For the next five years, “Your Fat Friend” published numerous popular essays addressing society’s obsession with fatphobia and aggressive anti-fatness. When the writer, Aubrey Gordon, publishes her first book, she boldly decides to shed her anonymity and enter the public spotlight to face her supporters, trolls, and critics for the first time.
Filmmaker Jeanie Finlay (Seahorse, Orion: The Man Who Would Be King) returns to Tribeca with this incisive, funny, and frank portrait of bestselling author Aubrey Gordon, whose advocacy work has made an immense impact on how people view and treat fat people. Aubrey is intelligent, articulate, open, and wry, and her unique voice as a self described queer fat person and her point of view drive this engaging film, which challenges you to see fatness through a different lens.––Andrea Passafiume