A New Documentary Raises the Visibility of LGBTQ+ Outdoor Adventurers

Who's on Top? film poster

Who’s on Top? is a feature-length documentary that shines a spotlight on a diverse group of the LGBTQ+ community to challenge stereotypes about gender and sexuality in outdoor recreation. Historically excluded and ostracized as not belonging to the adventurer community, the climbers tackle not only a mountain but assumptions about who they are and how they belong to the world of outdoor sports.

This film portrays a journey like no other, a never-before-told story about what makes LGBTQ+ folks both distinct and connected, facing physical, mental and societal obstacles.

“While working as a ski instructor on Mount Hood, I became fascinated by the ways in which different people react to the challenges posed by nature’s extremes. Over time I realized that cultural attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community painted a picture of us as being unfit for that challenge. The idea for Who’s on Top? grew out of my desire to allow my community to tell our own story, rather than being silenced.”

— Devin Fei-Fan Tau

About Devin Fei-Fan Tau

Director | Producer | Writer

Devin is a gay, Asian-American filmmaker whose storytelling speaks out against the imposed silence he experienced from both his native and adopted cultures since immigrating to the United States as a child four decades ago. Devin received his BS University of California at Berkeley (Business), and an AAS Portland Community College (Video Production).

He’s currently on his 3rd career, having first developed his financial and analytic skills in the corporate world, and then explored his eye for fashion and aesthetics in apparel merchandising.

Devin is currently directing and producing a feature thriller, Half Sisters, and a commissioned feature documentary, The Road Home, both set to release in late 2022. Through his film production company, No Sunrise Wasted, he and his team also direct and produce corporate and other branded content. Who’s on Top? is his first feature film. 

About George Takei

George Takei is best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek. He’s an actor, social justice activist, social media mega-power, New York Times bestselling author, originated the role of Sam Kimura and Ojii-Chan in the Broadway musical Allegiance, and the subject of To Be Takei, a documentary on his life and career.

In 2015, Cosmopolitan Magazine named Takei “One of the Internet’s 50 Most Fascinating People.”

Takei and his husband, Brad, were married at the Japanese American National Museum on September 14, 2008. The Takeis reside in Los Angeles, California.

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