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Documentary Film From New England Filmmaker Focuses on Breasts, Bodies

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Switzerland-based American filmmaker Kristen Vermilyea will be screening her documentary film, BEYOND BOOBS on March 12th at 5:30pm in Marano Campus Center room 201.

BEYOND BOOBS is a hilarious and provocative film about a middle-aged American single-mother living in Switzerland and her quest to find out if she will be invisible when she’s no longer the woman with the biggest breasts in the room.

Taking a road trip throughout the United States, Kristen encounters old lovers, family members, best friends, and strangers asking them, “Am I me, or am I my breasts?”

As she heads toward the inevitable and anticipated breast reduction surgery, she finds herself accepting the realities of her future existence – the new shape and size of her body – and realizing what she’d always hoped was true: we are not our bodies.

The film brings up many issues: identity, objectification, aging, feminism, plastic surgery and the #metoo movement.

“I like to stir things up.” Says Vermilyea, “I want people to question their beliefs preconceptions. If my making a fool of myself and being as embarrassingly truthful as I can helps just one person feel less alone, then I’m happy to keep doing it.”

Vermilyea has launched a tour of Colleges and Universities in February and March and plans on coming back to the states for more screenings and discussions in the fall.

The Title IX office and It’s On Oz prevention campaign is bringing Vermilyea and the film to campus. They welcomed her after her TED talk, “It’s Okay to Look”, in 2015 and are happy to be able to host the New York premiere screening of BEYOND BOOBS, which is a continuation of the same themes of her TED talk.

For more information contact Lisa Evaneski, Title IX Coordinator [email protected].

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