Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Back on Board: Greg Louganis

Year: 2014
Country: United States
Run Time: 86 minutes

Back on Board: Greg Louganis
Back on Board: Greg Louganis
Back on Board: Greg Louganis

With the beauty and grace of a Greg Louganis dive, BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS crafts a deeply personal portrait of a compelling and complicated man. The journey from childhood diving prodigy to four-time Olympic Gold Medalist is only part of the story. In many ways, the challenges Louganis faced outside athletic competition were even greater. From the terrifying ordeal of concealing his HIV status at the 1988 Seoul Olympics to his battles against discrimination afterward as an openly gay athlete, Louganis was a man unprepared for some of life's harsher realities. In 2011, the greatest diver of all time found himself struggling with finances and keeping possession of his home. He embarked on a career as a mentor to the 2012 Olympic Diving Team, hoping to prepare athletes for life after the Games and to revive his personal and public life. With enormous courage and disarming honesty, he reveals the circumstances that brought him to that point. Deeply moving and inspiring, this is the brave and unfiltered story of an authentic American Hero. – C.R.

CIFF39 Screenings

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ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


Cheryl Furjanic

Cheryl Furjanic received a B.F.A. in Film and Television Production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 1998 and a Masters from NYU's Tisch Interactive Telecommunications Program in 2009. She is a writer, producer, editor, and director. BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS won Best Documentary at the 2014 Outfest.

"Sync or Swim" (2008), BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS (2014)

Will Sweeney, Cheryl Furjanic

Cheryl Furjanic, Will Sweeney, Karen Sim

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