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Three gay sports movies tackle summer film fests

A rash of new gay sports films tackle the GLBT film fest circuit this summer.

Meet Ottar, an Icelandic soccer star. In the midst of a locker room full of his naked teammates, he comes out of the closet. Garnering loads of public attention, it’s not all fun and games for Ottar as he’s kicked off his team and fighting with his teenage son and estranged wife. Branching out on his own, Ottar starts a queer soccer team that faces an inevitable showdown with his former team. “Eleven Men Out,” directed by Robert I. Douglas, is a fun romp through a fantasy soccer world. It plays Thursday, June 22, at 7 p.m. at the CineArts@Empire in San Francisco as part of the 30th annual Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.

On the documentary side, “With You!” tells the story of the Gotham Knights, New York’s only openly gay rugby team. It’s follows the “ruggers” through the ups, downs, ins and outs of the season. “With You!” plays Thursday, June 22, at 1:15 p.m. at the Castro Theatre as part of Frameline.

Greg Louganis narrates “Take the Flame! Gay Games: Grace, Grit & Glory,” an inspiring documentary about the 24-year-old “Gay Olympics.” This documentary also features gay athletes Martina Navratilova, David Kopay, Billy Bean and Bruce Hayes. “Take the Flame” shows Saturday, June 17, at 11 a.m. at the Victoria Theatre as part of Frameline.

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