Congratulations to Randy Gardner! The documentary film of his life, Go Figure: The Randy Gardner Story, received a Laurel from the Outshine Film Festival in Miami Beach, Florida this past April. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 crisis, the live festival was postponed. Plans for an online Outshine Film Festival screening in October are in the works.
The film takes the viewer behind the scenes of World Champion and Two-Time Olympian Randy Gardner: His on-ice life with his pairs skating partner, World Champion and Two Time Olympian Tai Babilonia, meshed with his very private and very personal off-ice pursuit of his true identity. Written and directed by adult figure skater Sharidan, it is based on Randy’s live one-man show of the same name that toured the United States in 2018.
While we all know the joy of and heartbreak of the 1980 Olympics, what wasn’t known and has now been put on film along with Tai and Randy’s incredible skating partnership, is Randy’s private story. A story that is filled with family secrets, closeted homosexuality and the price paid. Using footage from Randy’s one-man show, skating practice and competitions, scrapbook clippings and home movies, along with new film sequences and interviews, Sharidan has woven together the pieces of Randy’s life into a poignant and compassionate film that is at once uplifting and inspiring.
You can get more information at www.gofiguredocumentary.com
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