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EPIX doc to chronicle LGBT Olympic athletes

To Russia With Love, a documentary involving two generations of Olympic LGBT athletes and partially shot in secret during the Sochi Winter Games, will debut on EPIX on October 22.
July 8, 2014

To Russia With Love, a documentary involving two generations of Olympic LGBT athletes and partially shot in secret during the Sochi Winter Games, will debut on EPIX on October 22.

Produced by Sundance Productions, the documentary explores LGBT rights through the eyes of such notable athletes as legendary tennis pro Billie Jean King; four-time Olympic gold medalist diver Greg Louganis; basketball pro Jason Collins; gold medal Olympian swimmer Mark Tewksbury and Olympians Belle Brockhoff, Anastasia Bucsis, Charlene Labonte and Blake Skjellerup, among others, as some are constantly questioned by the media about Russia’s anti-gay laws.

Hosted by U.S. figure skating champ Johnny Weir, interview subjects also include Calgary Flames president Bryan Burke, Russian Open Games’ LGBT activists Konstantin Yablotskiy and Elvina Yuvakaeva, as well as commentary from New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick and Golden Globe-nominated actor and activist Stephen Fry.

“As gay athletes’ fight for equality continues to gain momentum, EPIX is proud to provide a platform for this important global conversation,” said Mark Greenberg, EPIX president and CEO, in a statement.

Shot in  Calgary, New York City, Toronto, St. Petersburg and Moscow, To Russia With Love was produced by Sundance Productions, with Laura Michalchyshyn and Johnny Weir serving as executive producers, alongside EPIX’s Ross Bernard and Jill Burkhart. The doc is directed by Noam Gonick and produced by Howard Gertler and Elle Flanders, with Laina Cohn serving as co-producer.

To Russia With Love airs at 8 p.m. EST on October 22.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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