Director Michiel Thomas, subjects Fallon Fox and Terrence Clemens, and surprise special guests in attendance
Thurs, May 14th, 7:00 Film, 9:30pm Opening Night Party
$10 Film only (all ages)
$ 25 Film & Party (21+)
“I keep my game face on, before and after the game.” So speaks Terrence Clemens, one of two extraordinarily courageous athletes who are followed by filmmaker Michiel Thomas as they navigate the delicate process of coming out within their respective sports.
Terrence is a young, ambitious and talented college basketball player, with a somewhat troubled past. Fallon Fox is trans, lesbian and a formidable and well-known Mixed Martial Arts competitor. Both realize that coming out will be necessary for their own sense of integrity and peace of mind, but the lack of a clear roadmap and the unpredictable consequences instill understandable anxiety and caution. Both Fallon and Terrence generously share their inner selves, their strengths and their vulnerabilities, and welcome us into their struggles.
Filmmaker Thomas has been trusted with incredibly intimate access into the subjects’ lives. Filming inside locker rooms, strategy meetings and training sessions, Thomas manages to capture friends, colleagues, family and the crackling energy of the competitive sports world without blowing the cover of these athletes as they are trying, not quite successfully, to maintain control of their emergence. Thomas captures the complex camaraderie of Terrence’s team and coach, of the bond between Fallon and her trainers, and Fallon’s beautiful relationship with a loving and supportive daughter.
Thomas’s first feature film, Game Face is beautifully shot and sensitively and intelligently constructed. Exciting, moving and inspiring, it is a magnificent achievement.
Immediately following our opening night film’s Q & A, join filmmaker Michiel Thomas, Fallon Fox, Terrence Clemens and the entire QDoc crew at nearby Velo Cult Bike Shop for our Opening Night Party. Velo Cult will serve up handcrafted microbrews and wine; hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be catered by Portland’s popular Cuban restaurant Pambiche.
Game Face: Dir Michiel Thomas 2015 USA/Belgium 95 min
Sponsored By: Nike Be True
Community Partner: PFLAG Portland Black Chapter