Body-image documentary Embrace

Friday, June 9 – 6:30 p.m.
The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave.

embrace_poster_jpg_for_web_v2The Rochester Media Association is sponsoring another showing of Taryn Brumfitt’s documentary Embrace, about body-image issues.

She interviews Ricki Lake, Amanda de Cadenet, Jeffrey Madoff, Dr. Linda Bacon, Mia Freedman and others. The Australian-made film was released in the US in September.

The film begins at 6:30. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion on this important topic moderated by Nikki Rudd from News10NBC.


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The movie will be followed by a panel discussion of local experts on media and body-image portrayal. It will feature:

Nikki Rudd – Moderator


Nikki is the host of News10NBC Today along with Pat Taney and Rich Caniglia weekday mornings from 5 – 7 a.m.

Nikki was born in Detroit, Michigan but raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She’s also lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota. She graduated magna cum laude from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Nikki now calls Rochester home and she enjoys movies at The Little Theatre, traveling, and eating out with friends.

You can also listen to Nikki on your drive into work on WARM 101.3 with Tony Infantino and Kristie Credit.

Natalie Sinisgalli, Panelist

Natalie Sinisgalli Photography is one of Rochester’s most well known and established portrait studios, specializing in weddings, engagements, family and boudoir photography. She has built an award-winning studio, receiving several recognitions from The Knot, Wedding Wire, and WPPI’s International Print Competition.

Natalie’s greatest passion is for helping women feel beautiful and confident in themselves, and has created her entire line of boudoir photography to support women in this way. It can be an incredibly emotional and transformative experience for her clients – and she is oftentimes witness to the amount of body shaming and negative messaging these women have suffered from. Her work is designed to begin (or support) the process of undoing that. Natalie’s Real Women of Rochester blog series serves as a space for her real boudoir clients to share the story of their journey through womanhood for the benefit of women everywhere, and to foster a greater sense of community and solidarity among women. As a proud Rochester native with deep roots, Natalie is always looking to support her community of local women.

Joan Lincoln, Panelist

A mother of three beautiful daughters and grandmother to Cooper Anthony, Joan hails from the Finger Lakes area. A true Rochesterian for 37 years, Mom, Entrepreneur, Fashion Stylist, Radio Personality on WARM 101.3, Fashion Edge writer for Healthy Edge magazine, writer for Rochester Woman Online, Image Inspires writer for Pittsford Neighbors Magazine, Empowering Women & Consultant for Women’s Image. Her accomplishments have always focused on female-based: image, fashion retail, marketing and events.  Presently owner of three small businesses at Brighton Commons: Panache Vintage & Finer Consignment, Panache Home & Design, and Trilogy Fashion Foundry.

Lindsay D’Alleva, Panelist

Lindsay is an Academic Advisor at RIT and has a passion for helping individuals through Eating Disorder Recovery. Lindsay previously worked for ESPN and YNN Rochester with a passion for journalism. However, after battling anorexia herself and writing a memoir, “Healed”, Lindsay decided to pursue her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. Lindsay has since worked as a school social worker and at Multi Service Eating Disorder Association (MEDA) in Boston. After the birth of her son, Ezra, Lindsay and her husband moved back to Rochester.  She continues to share her recovery story at NEDA events.

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