ALONE IN THE GAME
Directed by Natalie Metzger & Michael Rohrbaugh
2018 | USA | 95 min.
Saturday, September 22
815 E. Olive Avenue
About the Film
Despite the growing acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, the sports world continues to be an unsettling environment for many LGBTQ people and one of the final frontiers for LGBTQ equality. In the five major North American professional leagues – NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS, – where statistically we would expect hundreds of openly gay athletes, there is not a single openly gay male professional athletes currently competing.
ALONE IN THE GAME exposes the dark side of sports – the homophobia, transphobia, and discrimination – that affect not only closeted athletes, but also their teams and the very institution of sport in America. Examining the ‘old boys club’ of professional, collegiate, and high school athletics, the documentary combines the voices of sports’ pioneers, such as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and former ESPN President John Skipper, with the experiences of world-class athletes, such as NBA center Jason Collins, NFL linemen Ryan O’Callaghan, MLS Cup champion Robbie Rogers, and Olympic medalists Gus Kenworthy and Megan Rapinoe; as well as three closeted athletes, who have to decide whether they are ready to come out and live their truth with the possibility of it destroying their career dreams and relationships with family, friends, teammates and coaches. The film captures rarely seen stories of struggle, perseverance, and triumph, delivering a message of hope and promoting understanding to ensure that the culture of exclusion changes.