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CHANGING THE GAME Director: Michael Barnett 91 min / 2019 / USA / English / Documentary Feature / In Competition
A dynamic portrait of the lives of three high school athletes from across the U.S. compete at the top of their fields, while also challenging the boundaries and perceptions of fairness and discrimination. Their stories span across the U.S. - from Sarah, a skier and teen policymaker in New Hampshire, to Andraya, a track star in Connecticut openly transitioning into her authentic self. The film centers on Mack Beggs, who made headlines in 2018 when he became the Texas State Champion in wrestling and was heralded as a hero by some, while receiving hate and threats from others. The film allows an extremely personal and vulnerable access into their journeys as transgender teens and athletes as they adopt sports as a channel to turn the negativity around them into a positive validation.
Festivals & Honors World Premiere: Tribeca Film Festival, 2019 Audience Award - Best Documentary - Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival 2019 Audience Award - Best Documentary Feature - L.A. Outfest 2019 Best of the Fest Audience Vote - Palm Springs International Film Festival 2020
MICHAEL BARNETT is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker focused on telling human stories of culture and social justice. His films have premiered at Sundance and Tribeca and have won awards at more than 40 festivals around the globe. Barnett’s first feature-length film Superheroes (2011) was picked up by HBO and distributed as a documentary film series. Barnett also directed Becoming Bulletproof (2014), and partnered with Netflix Originals to create The Mars Generation (2017), an in-depth look at the politics, philosophy and technology of our space industry.