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Standing on the Line

Standing on the Line

| 1 h 20 min

TRIGGER WARNING: This film contains the following subject matter: Suicide and self harm.

In both amateur and professional sports, being gay remains taboo. Few dare to come out of the closet for fear of being stigmatized, and for many, the pressure to perform is compounded by a further strain: whether or not to affirm their sexual orientation.

Breaking the code of silence that prevails on the field, on the ice and in the locker room, this film takes a fresh and often moving look at some of our gay and lesbian athletes, who share their experiences with the camera. They’ve set out to overcome prejudice in the hopes of changing things for the athletes of tomorrow.

  • participation
    Anastasia Bucsis
    Anita Bucsis
    David Testo
    Judy Testo
    Brock McGillis
    Brian McGillis
    Serge Bourque
    Jean-Christophe Comeau
    Justin Boisvert
    Kaylin Irvine
    Patrick Burke
    Brian Burke
    Alain Bezeau
    Trevor Georgie
    Justin Roberts
  • writer
    Paul Émile d'Entremont
  • director
    Paul Émile d'Entremont
  • research
    Paul Émile d'Entremont
    Nancy Marcotte
  • director of photography
    Mario Paulin
  • editor
    Dominique Sicotte
  • sound design
    Mélanie Gauthier
  • dialogue editor
    Sandy Pinteus
  • location sound
    Serge Arsenault
    Georges Hannan
    Simon Doucet
    Marc Landry
    Mathieu Babin
  • production manager
    Nancy Marcotte
    Michelle Paulin
    Jean-Michel Vienneau
  • additional camera
    François Vincelette
    Jimmy D. Houssen
  • additional camera assistant
    Daniel Greenwood
    Mark Moore
  • editing assistant
    Justin Morand
  • sound mixer
    Jean-Paul Vialard
  • online editor
    Serge Verreault
  • infographics
    Mélanie Bouchard
    Jacques Bertrand Simard
  • titles
    Mélanie Bouchard
    Jacques Bertrand Simard
  • transcription services
    Pro Documents
  • subtitles
  • foley
    Simon Meilleur
  • foley recording
    Luc Léger
  • voice recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • archival research
    Nancy Marcotte
  • rights clearances
    Nancy Marcotte
  • original music
    Serge Nakauchi Pelletier
  • marketing manager
    Karine Sévigny
    Judith Lessard-Bérubé
  • administrator
    Geneviève Duguay
  • line producer
    Geneviève Duguay
  • production coordinator
    Audrey Rétho
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Claveau
  • video technical support
    Patrick Trahan
    Pierre Dupont
    Isabelle Painchaud
  • audio technical support
    Bernard Belley
  • legal counsel
    Christian Pitchen
  • producer
    Christine Aubé
    Jac Gautreau
    Maryse Chapdelaine
  • executive producer
    Michèle Bélanger
    Dominic Desjardins


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Ages 13 to 18

Study Guide - Guide 1

Health/Personal Development - Identity
Health/Personal Development - Mental Health/Stress/Suicide
Health/Personal Development - Sexuality

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