Your Fat Friend

Your Fat Friend

USA | 2023 | 96 min. | Jeanie Finlay

March 1, 2024

Made over 6 years, acclaimed director Jeanie Finlay charts the rise of writer and activist Aubrey Gordon from anonymous blogger to NYTimes best selling author and beloved podcaster. Her aim? A paradigm shift in the way we see fat people and the fat on our own bodies.

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Filmmaker Q&A: Your Fat Friend

Director Jeanie Finlay and subject Aubrey Gordon scheduled to attend for post-film Q&A's after both the 4:00pm and 7:30pm screenings.

Her searingly honest writing describes what it’s like to be that fat person on the plane and how the fantasies, peddled by a diet and wellness industry worth $26 billion a year are on a par with the lies that Big Tobacco told the public in the 1950s. (95% of diets fail for lasting weight loss). And how the biggest threat to fat people’s health might just be the bias that many health care providers hold for fat people. 

She spent a decade campaigning for LGBTQIA rights so she knows that change is possible. Now it's time to advocate for herself. 

This isn’t about “body positivity” co-opted by brands to sell fat-kinis to size 16 women. Her life changing work has brought her an ardent, international audience but also threats to her life. One of her biggest challenges is getting her parents to listen. Your Fat Friend, a film about fatness, family, the complexities of change and the deep, messy feeling we hold about our bodies.

  • Director: Jeanie Finlay
  • Country: USA, United Kingdom
  • Year: 2023
  • Running Time: 96 min.
  • Producer: Jeanie Finlay, Suzanne Alizart
  • Screenplay: Jeanie Finlay
  • Cinematographers: Stewart Skylar Copeland, Jeanie Finlay, Lindsay Trapnell, Michel Palmieri, Donal Mosher, Aubrey Gordon
  • Editors: Alice Powell
  • Music: Tara Creme
  • Language: English