A FILM BY DAVID MCFARLAND

AN AT&T ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY

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"Alone in the Game is a new documentary about LGBT athletes for whom the locker room is a sort of giant closet."

USA TODAY


"A new groundbreaking documentary about LGBTQ issues in sports."

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED


"That kind of emotion and frustration, sadness and anger spring from scenes from the film."

THE SPORTING NEWS


"This beautifully executed documentary takes on an expansive subject — LGBT athletes in sports — and skillfully weaves a variety of stories in an informative, brisk & entertaining way." 

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE 

 

"Alone In The Game' shows biggest hurdles for LGBTQ athletes exist off the field. A new documentary examines the culture of exclusion, bigotry and discrimination in pro sports."

HUFFINGTON POST


"The Best LGBTQ Documentaries of 2018"

THE ADVOCATE

                                                                    


ABOUT THE FILM


From Creator and Executive Producer, David McFarland comes 'Alone In The Game' a feature-length documentary that follows a group of elite athletes and iconic figures from the biggest stages in sport, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, and NCAA, among others, to explore the ongoing struggles LGBT athletes are facing at the professional, collegiate and Olympic levels. An exploration of the big business of sports exposes a culture of exclusion, bigotry and discrimination which keeps these athletes in the closet and living in silence. Subjects include three closeted athletes who share their personal journeys, as well as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, former ESPN President John Skipper, NBA center Jason Collins, NFL linemen Ryan O'Callaghan, MLS Cup champion Robbie Rogers, and Olympic medalists Gus Kenworthy and Megan Rapinoe.


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The Producers would like to thank everyone involved in the making of ALONE IN THE GAME especially the athletes, their families and the talented and diverse team of experienced professionals/partners that are passionate about creating positive change in sport. 


Diversity & inclusion were a priority on and off the big screen. The production team is represented by members of the LGBTQ & Ally Community. 

CAST & CREW | IMDb Page
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DAVID MCFARLAND | CREATOR & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

David McFarland created and produced the critically-acclaimed AT&T Original feature documentary film, Alone In The Game, which explores the challenges facing LGBTQ athletes at the professional, collegiate and Olympic levels. The film world-premiered at the prestigious AFI-DOCS Film Festival in 2018—followed by its network premiere on AT&T’s Audience Network and DIRECTV, and an official selection by major film festivals throughout the U.S. and internationally.

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creator's statement

BY DAVID MCFARLAND

Bold, well-told stories wield significant power. They don’t just entertain, they can also move audiences to take action. With Alone In The Game, part of my vision was to offer a rare glimpse into the lives of elite LGBTQ athletes—their unique journeys and the daily challenges they face on and off the field of play. But the other key part was to effect real change at the highest levels of American sport, so that the next generation of athletes will be judged by their athletic performance, rather than sexual orientation or gender identity.


The documentary medium is ideally suited to achieving both goals. It can engage the heart and mind with evocative, inspiring, and emotional storytelling. This film gives voice to—and tells the stories of—those who live in the oppressive silence of the closet. These are real people, who play their hearts out every day for the benefit of their teams, as well as the joy of sports fans everywhere. They commit their all, even as they endure hardship, bigotry, exclusion and sometimes danger, all of which affect not just their future in sport, but their future in life. Allowing the audience to walk in the shoes of these brave athletes, to feel both their passion and pain, will hopefully move communities all across the country to take action, to ensure that the world of sport is open to all. 


Given my background, I felt that I was in a unique position to deliver these stories in a compelling and compassionate way, helping audiences around the world experience first hand what it’s really like to be an LGBTQ athlete in sport today. As a filmmaker and an expert in the fields of mental wellness and suicide prevention for athletes, I am often put in touch with closeted athletes, athletes in crisis and/or athletes who have faced head-on a culture of exclusion from sport. Being a former closeted elite athlete myself, I can understand their stories from the inside. At the same time, years of consulting work and partnering with professional sports leagues and institutions has given me insight into the pressures that sometimes stand in the way of greater acceptance and inclusion. This true insider perspective and access—to athletes, coaches, owners, and executives—enables me to see the whole picture, and it makes me one of the few people who could fully capture it on screen.


I cannot offer enough thanks and appreciation to the entire team at AT&T Audience Network and DIRECTV for supporting the vision for Alone In The Game. Not only were they an incredible production partner, willing to provide a global platform for these athletes, they embraced the film’s innovative approach to storytelling—especially the combination of a “cinematic look and feel,” a distinct visual language, and high-energy production values that speak directly to sports audiences. 


Powerful documentary films, in their portrayal of our shared humanity, can and do inspire change. Even if that change is incremental, it is nonetheless real. And my hope is that the wider the audience for Alone In The Game, the brighter the future will be for all athletes, and indeed for the entire world of sport.

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OUR PARTNER | AT&T AUDIENCE NETWORK & DIRECTV

Thanks to the amazing team at AT&T Audience Network and DirecTV for their unwavering commitment to the making of ALONE IN THE GAME. Let's do it again!


How to watch? Click on the link below to learn how to watch ALONE IN THE  GAME. Available now  on Audience Network, DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW and AT&T U-verse.  

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FEATURED IN ALONE IN THE GAME

Adam Silver

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NBA Commissioner

Jason Collins

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Former NBA Center

13 Seasons with the NBA

Robbie Rogers

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Former MLS Player & 

US National Soccer Team

Megan Rapinoe

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Olympic Gold Medalist & 

National Women's Soccer League

Gus Kenworthy

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Olympic Silver Medalist & 

8x World Champion

Ryan O'Callaghan

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Former NFL Offensive Tackle

SuperBowl | New England Patriots

Chris Mosier

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Transgender Athlete

Team USA | Triathlon & Duathlon  

LZ Granderson

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Journalist | ESPN & ABC News

Kevin Arnovitz

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Editor & NBA Writer

ESPN & ESPN Magazine

Closeted NCAA Athlete | 'Riley'

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NCAA Division I Football

SEC Conference | Defensive End

Vanderbilt University

Trevor Betts

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Transgender Athlete

High School Football & Wrestling

Layana White

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NCAA Division I Basketball Player

Haley Videckis

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NCAA Division I Basketball Player

Eric Fanning

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22nd US Secretary of the Army &

US Secretary of the Air Force

Closeted NCAA Athlete

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NCAA Division I Football

Defensive Lineman 

Michael Sam

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Former Professional Football Player

Defensive End 

Drafted by Rams | 2014 NFL Draft 

David Williams II

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Athletic Director & Vice Chancellor

Vanderbilt University

Derek Mason

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Head Football Coach

Vanderbilt University

John Skipper

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Former President, ESPN

Closeted NCAA Athlete

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NCAA Division I Basketball Player

Kate Kendell

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Executive Director

National Center for Lesbian Rights

Michelangelo Signorile

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Journalist, Author & 

Talk Radio Host on Sirius XM 

Nathaniel Frank

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Author, Historian, and 

LGBTQ Researcher

The South

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Deep In 'The Bible Belt' 

Of America

Video clips

Robbie Rogers | Major League Soccer. Robbie became the first openly gay man to compete in a North American big 5 professional sports league when he played his first match for the LA Galaxy. 

NFL Lineman Ryan O’Callaghan of the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs discusses his experience being a gay NFL Player.

NCAA Division 1 Basketball Players, Layana White and Haley Videckis.


Layana and Haley grace the cover of The Advocate October 2018 issue. Check it out here: https://www.advocate.com/youth/2018/9/24/these-college-basketball-teammates-found-love-then-activism

Opening Song for the film

Introducing Shea Diamond, a new trans singer/songwriter who introduces her voice in ALONE IN THE GAME. Shea opens the film with her soulful original song 'American Pie.' Learn more about Shea in Billboard: https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/pride/8460690/shea-diamond-interview-billboard-pride

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Iconic LGBTQ Athletes and Figures Explore the Ongoing Challenges Faced in Sports in AT&T AUDIENCE Network’s 'Alone In The Game'

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