Artist Projects


Julie Wyman

Cheryl Haworth defies categories. A visual artist with a personality that has earned her the nickname “Fun,” she is also America’s top Olympic weightlifter, ranked well above all men and women on Team USA. But at a weight of 300 pounds, she doesn’t easily fit into standard chairs, clothing sizes or preconceptions. The film STRONG! explores the contradiction of a body that is at once celebrated within the confines of her sport and shunned by mainstream culture. Through Haworth’s journey, we learn not only about the sport of lifting weight, but also the state of being weighty: the material, psychological, and social consequences and possibilities of a having a body that doesn’t fit.

Project Updates

  • STRONG! is featured in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, CBS News and other major media outlets

  • 2012: STRONG! wins the Independent Lens Audience Award

  • 2012: STRONG! screens in five cities in late July with the support of great audiences who’ve demanded to see this film on the big screen via

  • 2012: STRONG! screens at FRAMELINE36 in San Francisco

  • 2012: STRONG! has broadcast premiere on PBS’s Independent Lens series on July 26

  • 2012: STRONG! debuts at Silverdocs, the U.S.‘s preeminent documentary festival, and is featured by Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday as one of “Ten Movies Not to Miss at Silverdocs”

  • 2010: Wyman receives co-production support for Strong! from the Independent Television Service (ITVS)