Game Face is a documentary set in the world of professional sports and pairs two very different coming-out stories: Terrence Clemens is a promising college basketball player with very good reason to believe his prospects for a successful career will be jeopardized if his coaches and teammates find out he’s gay. Fallon Fox is an MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter concerned about how fans and fighters will respond when they learn that she’s trans. Both realize that coming out is necessary for their own sense of integrity and peace of mind, but the lack of a clear roadmap and the unpredictability of the consequences instill understandable anxiety and caution.
Both Fox and Clemens generously share their deepest feelings, their strengths, and their vulnerabilities and welcome us into their struggles. NBA player Jason Collins, NFL player Wade Davis, NCAA Division I basketball player Kye Allums, and triathlete Chris Mosier also appear in the film.
Michiel Thomas constructs his first feature film with sensitivity and intelligence. Both Fox and Clemens emerge as legitimately inspiring figures who risk personal and professional repercussions by being honest about who they are. Thomas has created a film that is exciting, moving, and inspiring.
Winner: Audience Award for Best Documentary—2015 InsideOut Toronto LGBT Film Festival; Official Selection: Frameline39 San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival