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LGBTQ-led cheerleading film, Backspot's, Queer love story gets close-up in exclusive clip

LGBTQ-led cheerleading film, Backspot's, Queer love story gets close-up in exclusive clip

Kudakwashe Rutendo as Amanda and Devery Jacobs as Riley in Backspot
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Kudakwashe Rutendo as Amanda and Devery Jacobs as Riley in Backspot

Elliot Page is an executive producer in the movie about competitive cheerleading that stars queer actors Devery Jacobs and Evan Rachel Wood and features a sweet queer love story.

The world of competitive cheerleading gets a close look in the film Backspot, led by an LGBTQ+ team and featuring a sweet queer love story. And we have an exclusive clip of a tender moment between queer actor Devery Jacobs as Riley and Kudakwashe Rutendo as Amanda.

Executive produced by Elliot Page and directed by nonbinary and queer creator D.W. Waterson, the film was an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2023 and South By Southwest and BFI Flare this year, and will be released in theaters and on-demand on May 31.

Jacobs, known for her roles in Reservation Dogs and Marvel’s Echo, grew up as a provincial gymnastic champion in Canada and does all of her tumbling and stunts, according to a release. She’s also a producer on the movie.

Devery Jacobs as Riley in BackspotDevery Jacobs as Riley in BackspotXYZ Films

The filmmakers worked closely with the only Black-owned cheer squad in Canada, Cheer Fuzion All-Stars (CFA), to delve further into competitive cheerleading.

Backspot costars queer actor Evan Rachel Wood as Eileen, the tough and icy coach of the Thunderhawks, the team Riley and Amanda are selected to join. In our exclusive clip, away from the pressures of the mat, the young couple shares an intimate moment on the couch when Amanda checks in on how Riley is holding up.

Evan Rachel Wood as Eileen in Backspot Evan Rachel Wood as Eileen in Backspot XYZ Films

Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight’s Tale), Kudakwashe Thomas Antony Olajide, and Wendy Crewson (Better Than Chocolate) costar.

Watch the clip below and watch Backspot in theaters and on-demand on May 31.

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.