MEDIA RELEASE (12 Jan 2014)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OUT in the line-up
Top wave-riders from around the world have spoken out for the first time on the challenges of being gay in the surf.
Gay surfers have traditionally hidden their sexuality on the waves, fearing ridicule, threats, bashings and ostracism.
High-profile members of the surfing community have now spoken on camera about this hidden side of surf culture in a cutting-edge documentary.
“The precedent that has been set is that if you are gay, or we think you’re gay, then you’re out.
“And that social coercion is the most powerful coercion that exists within the surfing world,” said three-time Women’s World Longboard Champion Cori Schumacher.
Former world champions are among the many surfers and social commentators featuring in OUT in the line-up – a documentary uncovering the taboo of homosexuality in surfing.
Despite an increase in the number of elite athletes coming out in other sports, there has never been an openly male gay surfer on the professional tour.
In the wider surf community many hide the fact they are gay because of fear of rejection and some surfers have even taken their own lives as a result of non-acceptance.
OUT in the line-up follows the story of two gay surfers who unite to bring this issue out into the open.
Together they embark on a global journey to hear the perspectives of people from all corners of the surfing community including former world champion Cori Schumacher, big-wave rider Keala Kennelly and former US Congressman Barney Frank.
As their journey unfolds, they uncover a culture of fear, secrecy and exclusion but are also inspired to affect change by connecting people, provoking discussion and looking to surfing’s grassroots values of freedom of spirit and love for the ocean. (For an extended synopsis click here)
OUT in the line-up has been in production since April 2012, shooting in Australia, Hawaii, California, Mexico, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
The film’s Sydney-based production team have just raised over $30,000 to help release the film in early 2014.
- Donations and pre-orders can still be made via www.OutInTheLineUp.com.
- Book your ticket for the world premiere at Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival on feb 20th 2014 @ Event Cinemas – George Street (525 George Street, Sydney) – Drinks at 6pm – Screening at 7pm http://outinthelineup.com/screenings/
- Tickets on sale soon for screenings in other capital cities around the world, including Melbourne, Brisbane…
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