Out to Win

DIRECTOR: Malcolm Ingram

Bay Area Premiere

Expected to attend: Director Malcolm Ingram, Subjects Charline Labonte, David Kopay

For a long time, LGBT people were either left on the sidelines or completely pushed off the court of professional sports. But now that last closet—or locker-room—door is bursting open thanks to a growing number of bold activist athletes who are daring to come out. Their stories, and the ongoing challenges facing professional LGBT athletes, are told in Out to Win, the riveting new documentary from award-winning director Malcolm Ingram (Small Town Gay Bar, Frameline30; Continental, Frameline37).

Framed by the story of one of 2014’s most discussed athletes, football’s Michael Sam (from his coming out as a college player, to his selection in the NFL draft, to generalized “locker-room panic,” to the kiss heard ’round the world), Out to Win features in-depth interviews with an all-star lineup of trailblazing lesbian and gay professional athletes: tennis legends Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova; Jason Collins, the first openly gay active NBA player; former NBA player John Amaechi; former pro baseball player Billy Bean; WNBA superstar Brittney Griner; activist and former NFL player Wade Davis; and retired NFL player David Kopay, who was the first former NFL player to come out as gay. With incredible access and insightful commentary from leading sports journalists, agents, coaches, activists, and fans, the film contextualizes the struggles and triumphs of these brave game-changing athletes.

Out to Win proves that professional sports not only provide thrilling, sometimes agonizing, spectacles—they have a powerful influence on society and can be an incredible force for change. Smart, moving, and uplifting, this is definitely not just a movie for sports fans. This is a film that will have everyone cheering.

— Charles Purdy

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: D315

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