FILMMMAKER

MICHIEL THOMAS 
DIRECTOR - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

I’m a 29 year-old documentary filmmaker originally from just outside Brussels, Belgium. Landing in the City of Angels in 2008, I have been involved in numerous national and international TV productions of the highest stage from politics, Hollywood and sports.


I grew up a huge sports fan and when I turned twelve I fell in love with the game of basketball. At the age of sixteen I was selected to be a part of Bree, a Belgian First Division team. For three years I got a taste of professional basketball at the highest level in my country.

WHY I WANTED TO MAKE 'GAME FACE'

I've been openly gay since I was twenty-three. As an athlete I was in denial of my sexual orientation and as a young basketball player I needed a role model to show me I wasn't the only one dealing with those struggles. After I discovered my true identity, I realized many are still misinformed about LGBTQ's players in sports. And that's why I want to make this documentary: to inspire closeted athletes, but also to educate society on these very important issues and topics.

 

In the past we've seen several athletes come out after their career. But I wanted to bring stories of active LGBTQ athletes coming out during their career, to create a better understanding on the hurdles they have to overcome in finding their true selves and acceptance in society.

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FILM CREDITS

DIRECTOR

Michiel Thomas

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Michiel Thomas

Yuhei Ogawa

 

PRODUCER

Mark Schoen

 

CAMERA

Brandon Musselman

Michiel Thomas

Bobby Lewis

 

SOUND

Michiel Thomas

 

EDITORS

Yuhei Ogawa

David Chang

Michiel Thomas

 

MUSIC COMPOSERS

Michael Reola

Brian “Killa B” Bates

 

SCRIPT CONSULTANT

Stephanie Hubbard

 

POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR

Dylan McGinty

 

SOUND SUPERVISOR

Trip Brock

Monkeyland Audio Inc.

 

COLORIST

Keith Roush

Roush Media

 

ANIMATION & MOTION GRAPHICS

Shadi Didi

 

LEGAL ADVISOR

Waukeen Mccoy

Ted Gerdes