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Project of the Day: Gay Rights Pioneer and Olympian Makes a Return in ‘Back on Board Greg Louganis’

Project of the Day: Gay Rights Pioneer and Olympian Makes a Return in 'Back on Board Greg Louganis'

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Back on Board Greg Louganis

Tweetable Logline: 

Life and Legacy of Olympic Champion and gay rights pioneer Greg Louganis. Film follows his comeback to diving after a 20+ yr absence.

Elevator Pitch:

When Greg Louganis hit his head on the diving board at the 1988 Seoul Games, it was an unforgettable moment. But when, despite his injury, he earned the highest single score for his next dive and win the Gold, it was among the most incredible feats in history.

BACK ON BOARD is an engrossing story about an American legend and his comeback. Film reveals Louganis’ evolution from childhood prodigy to Olympic champion, from pioneering openly gay athlete with HIV to an overlooked sports icon. His return to diving as mentor to USA divers at Olympics provides new chapter of life-story.

Production Team:

Director: Cheryl Furjanic (Sync or Swim)
Producer: Will Sweeney (The Royal Tenenbaums)
Editor: Karen K. H. Sim (Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie, Coma, Frontline)
Cinematographer: Nico de Miranda (Exposure)

About the Production:

This is a film with a message of hope and against-the-odds courage. We are confident that Louganis’ legacy will become even more powerful as this film travels throughout the world affecting the lives of the next generation. Louganis’ life has touched, and been touched, by so many of today’s important issues; LGBT issues; HIV/AIDS; bullying; housing crisis; dyslexia; adoption; depression; and domestic violence.

Greg Louganis’ story is so inspiring and his life so extraordinary — we really wanted to watch a documentary about him to learn more. But that film didn’t exist. We are in the process of changing that.

Current Status:

In production, about 95% done with shooting. Editing full-time since May, goal is for festival in early 2013.

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