GAME FACE - A documentary on pro and college LGBT athletes

An inspiring film about the coming out process of professional and college athletes.
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Michiel Thomas
Film
Los Angeles, California
United States
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An inspiring film about the coming out process of professional and college athletes.

THE PROBLEM:

Day by day athletes are becoming more comfortable with their sexuality as sports associations begin to take proactive steps to accepting lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender players in their respective teams or clubs. Yet surprisingly, a lot of homophobia remains in the world of professional and collegiate sports—making it extremely difficult to come out before their careers end. Some are forced to stay closeted by their entourage while others have been kicked off their team; bullied into secrecy; struggle in their careers while battling with self-identity; and tragically some commit suicide. This has to stop!

 

THE ANSWER:

Some people still feel uncomfortable about having LGBT athletes in sports, and this is the perfect opportunity to finally break all stereotypes, by following professional and college LGBT athletes DURING their careers. With Game Face, we can shed light on the masses by debunking the myths and misgivings of the LGBT community and athletes. The important details to remember are found in the fact that these are people who have a passion and love for their respective sport, everything else is irrelevant. We want to tell different stories from various athletes in their sport, covering a wide spectrum of issues.

 Fallon Fox

FALLON FOX – First professional transgender MMA fighter

Professional MMA fighter, Fallon Fox has been subject to national scrutiny after being forced to come out by a reporter from a national publication. Early in March 2013, Fox became known to the world as MMA’s first openly transgender woman causing reaction as various as the world is large. While this project gives insight of the struggles of being in the closet and coming out through the eyes of Fallon, professionals and specialists will provide their perspective to this incredible story.

After Fallon’s story took the media’s stage, we released a short preview highlighting her journey; which instantaneously went viral reaching close to 200,000 views in just over a week. Footage was shown on CNN and Good Day L.A., proving that the velocity of this story has not yet reached its peak. This documentary is extremely important and is very much alive! This is just one of several stories I want to show the world and hope to help change the game.

To find out more on Fallon’s story read these articles from Outsports.com and Sports Illustrated.

 Michiel Thomas

MICHIEL THOMAS – Producer & Director

I’m a 27 year-old documentary filmmaker originally from just outside Brussels, Belgium. Landing in the City of Angels in 2008, I have been involved in numerous national and international TV productions of the highest stage from politics, Hollywood and sports.  I am lucky to have been able to work with two incredible companies in HitFix and Greet in Hollywood.

I grew up a huge sports fan and at the age of twelve, I fell in love with the game of basketball. At the tender age of sixteen, I was selected as a reserve youth player on the Belgian First Division team, Bree. As fate would have it, the highlight of my basketball career would be 2 minutes of playing time against the national championship team, Oostende in a pre-season game. As a gay man, my history in the sports world both as player and video journalist, I feel that this particular documentary is my true calling.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

As independent filmmakers, we rely on the support of our community. This is where YOU come in!!

We need funding to cover expenses for:

  • Air travel
  • Lodging
  • Car rental and gasoline
  • Meals (hungry crew members go on strike!)
  • Equipment rentals (camera, lenses, light and sound)
  • Graphic designer
  • Music composer

Fundraising will be our biggest challenge initiating Game Face as we need to raise a minimum of $20,000 to continue the film’s production! For US residents: All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable by law. We are counting on you and everyone you know to make this amazing opportunity a reality. Just think, you could be a major contributor to evolutionary change in our society and the world with the making of this film. Sharing your interest in this film with others also means you are creating the strides towards change. Don’t hesitate to post to any and all of your social media outlets to maximize coverage of this journey.

On behalf of myself, Fallon Fox and other athletes looking to come out, I would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support during this tremendous journey.

We will soon launch a website, Facebook and Twitter page. Stay tuned for more updates!

Sincerely,

Michiel Thomas  

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