QDoc Film Festival

The Rugby Player

with special guests

Producer Holly Million

Director of Photography Chris Million

  • 4:30 p.m. |
  • $10 per person; $8 students & seniors with ID; Free youth 23 & under; $75 festival pass |
  • All ages welcome
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About QDoc Film Festival


QDoc is the only festival in the United States, and only the second in the world, devoted exclusively to Queer Documentaries. More than a screening series – it is a fun, inspiring, and community-building event. Filmmaker attendance is a big part of the mix, with guests joining us from around the world to discuss their work. The Clinton Street neighborhood, with its numerous cafes and restaurants, becomes a mini queer district during the long weekend, enhancing the social aspects of the festival.

Founded in 2007, the Festival has been presented each year in cooperation with the Portland Q Center, whose mission is to increase the visibility of, and foster connection within, metropolitan Portland LGBTQ community.



About The Rugby Player


Mark Bingham could be described as a typical all-American jock. Captain of his high school rugby team, then a star player with UC Berkeley's championship-winning team, he was even president of the Chi Psi Fraternity. At age 21, he surprised pretty much everyone by coming out as a gay man.

On September 11, 2001, Mark Bingham died on United Airlines Flight 93, widely believed to be one of a group of four men who heroically fought to overtake control of the plane from the hijackers.

This film explores Mark's extraordinary relationship with his single mom, who happened to be a flight attendant. It offers a perspective on gender through the prism of a young gay man seeking his identity in the aggressively masculine world of high school and college sports. Utilizing home movies made by Mark himself in his early years, the film also includes interviews with his high school friends, coaches and fraternity brothers, his former partner, and his close-knit family. They all help paint a generous portrait of Mark Bingham and why his courageous actions on 9/11 were not an anomaly, but part of who he was.

— Andy Motz

Director: Scott Gracheff
80 minutes

Sponsored By:
Rick Watkins and Les Lewis

Community Partners:
Equity Foundation;  Portland PFLAG




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