Emmy® award-winning filmmaker Michael Barnett’s urgent and subsuming sports documentary illuminates what many have called the civil rights issue of our time: transgender inclusion in sports.
Changing the Game takes people into the lives of three transgender high school athletes across the country whose fight to participate in the sports they love has become one of the most controversial cultural touch points.
We get to know Sarah Rose Huckman, a spunky adopted teen skier, YouTube personality, and policymaker in New Hampshire, Mack Beggs, the charismatic two-time Texas State Champion wrestler who made front page headlines for dominating girl’s wrestling with the dream to wrestle other boys, and Andraya Yearwood, a quiet high school track star in Connecticut whose winning record running with girls has landed her smack at center of a precedent-setting federal ACLU case--launching a cascade of cross country legislation even during COVID-19.
Caught in the crosshairs of international debate about their identity and inclusion, these kid athletes channel the endurance they’ve learned on their sports teams into their ever more public and accidental advocacy battles. Familiar to anyone who’s ever been an underdog or outsider, people will find themselves relating to the teens and their families, and rooting for them as the stakes sharpen in their daily lives on and off the field all the way up to the Supreme Court.
With a supporting cast of subjects including a loving, gun-toting Southern Baptist Texas Sheriff of 25 years grandmother, fiercely protective athletic trainer mother, and adoptive parents who prioritize the happiness and health of their child over all else, the film’s award-winning and critical reception at film festivals across the world show an unflinching curiosity and concern about these stories with an insatiable appetite to find the humanity in everyone, no matter what.