Queer Boxing Pilot
The 52nd Nashville Film Festival Sep. 30 - Oct. 6, 2021
Kamy Bruder as 'André, the worlds first know gay boxer.
By, Brock Cravy
September 01, 2021
Brock Cravy's screenplay, "André," has garnered significant acclaim, advancing to the finals at the prestigious Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, where it will undergo a workshop, and achieving recognition as a semi-finalist at the esteemed Flicker's Rhode Island International Film Festival.
"André" weaves a poignant and tragic tale set in the heart of Paris on the eve of the world championships. The narrative revolves around André Levessaure, an accomplished super middleweight champion and the world's first openly gay boxer. The story takes a dramatic turn when André is maliciously outed, setting off a wave of hysteria among his devoted fans. The ensuing turmoil leads to the harrowing televised murder of André's deceitful lover, unfolding against the backdrop of the championship's looming climax.
The script's significance, if brought to life on screen, cannot be overstated. "André" holds the potential to become a trailblazing work, as it would mark a pivotal milestone as the sole queer sports drama available across platforms, and one of the few narratives of its kind performed in the English language. By spotlighting André's journey as an LGBTQ+ athlete, the screenplay delves into themes of identity, acceptance, and the struggles faced by individuals who challenge societal norms.
The accolades and recognition "André" has received within the competitive arena of film festivals underscore its universal appeal and resonating narrative. The story's exploration of André's personal and professional tribulations promises to captivate audiences, fostering a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding queer experiences in sports.