All of Me, and More

March 24, 2014 by Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

Dawn's figurines, in All of Me

Alexandra Lescaze‘s All of Me may be premiering tonight (3/24) on PBS at 10 PM [check local listings] but that’s not all of it. The filmmaker collected several interesting pieces that didn’t quite fit into the finished film, but provide further insight into the challenges of being a “larger lady,” and the different ways some have overcome and made their own lives better, even if those ways may not work for everyone.

At the bottom of the page we also post the filmmaker’s place for you to share your own story about your body. [Update: If you missed All of Me on TV, it’s now available online through April 22nd.]

Heavyweight Yoga

The Austin “Girls” take a yoga class led by Abby Lentz, founder of HeavyWeight Yoga. She teaches the “three A’s”: Awareness, Acceptance, and Affection.

Ragen’s MORE Cabaret

Ragen Chastain, an LA-based activist/dancer, produces the MORE Cabaret show, and has a blog called Dances With Fat, where she writes about self-esteem and body issues.

Support Group

In this video extra, we see a support group for people — including some of the “Girls” featured in All of Me — who’ve had or will have the gastric bypass surgery. In this meeting they are encouraged to talk about “changes in attitude and changes in latitude.”

Jacki’s Excess Skin

Jacki Hatfield had gastric bypass surgery when she was 20. While we see her doing a workout routine, we also learn from her about an embarrassing side effect of the surgery, excess skin, which leads her to get three different plastic surgeries to try to address it.

What do food, fat, and your body mean to you? On the film’s “Fat Is ______” site, you can share with others your own stories, struggles, and successes.

See this extensive list of resources for further reading and clicking, as well as recommended organizations specializing in weight- and eating-related issues and health, including Overeaters Anonymous and The Joy Project.

More on bariatric surgery from WebMD. For what it’s worth and also of note, there’s a new study out just this week about how bariatric (weight loss) surgery may lower the risk of uterine cancer.

Craig Phillips

Craig is the digital content producer for Independent Lens, based in San Francisco. He is a film nerd, cartoonist, classic film poster collector, wannabe screenwriter, and owner of/owned by cats.