Greg Louganis Returns of the Day

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Greg Louganis Returns of the Day
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Diver Greg Louganis hasn't been involved with the Olympics for 20 years, but he returns today as a coach and mentor for the U.S. Diving Team.

The significance of this goes far deeper than the 1988 gold medalist's triumphant return to the international stage -- Louganis became a lightning rod of controversy when he came out as gay and HIV-positive after the Seoul Olympics.

Film producer Will Sweeney is determined to tell Louganis' incredible story:

There are so many people around the United States -- and the world -- who have very fond memories of Greg -- cheering for him after he hit his head, how his autobiography made it okay for them them come out, how he helped Americans put a face to HIV. But there is a whole generation of young people who haven't heard about Greg.

Sweeney's and fellow producer Cheryl Furjanic's new documentary, Back On Board, will "address issues that are important to (Louganis) -- combating bullying and homophobia and the need to support elite athletes that move on after their athletic careers are over."

The pair have raised more than $14,000 toward their Kickstarter goal of $50,000, with donations ending in 28 days.

[thanks, alex!]

Kickass Kickstarter of the Day

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GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling revisits the late-1980s all-female wrestling league, which sprang up in the wake of the increasingly popular, male-dominated World Wrestling Federation. Twenty-five former participants relive the prime time mayhem in this documentary directed by Brett Whitcomb.

[glowthemovie]

Social Experiment of the Day

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Craigslist Joe is the story of Joseph Garner's Craigslist survival adventure. Armed with a backpack, identification and a bicycle, Garner set out to live for one month relying solely on the generosity of the "21st Century Town Square." Zack Galifianakis produced the film.

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Documentary of the Day

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Legacy of Cool is denim pr0n a work-in-progress documentary about jeans around the world -- their culture, their history, their production, and of course, the hipsters that worship them. No word on an ETA, but the finished film should be... cool.

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Documentary of the Day

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It's like The Cove, but with seals.

Animal Planet will air next month a one-hour documentary, Seal Wars, on Namibia's brutal seal slaughter -- more than 85,000 Cape fur seals (the majority are pups) are clubbed or shot to death each year. According to Humane Society International, such methods are not only cruel, but also unsustainable to the South African seal population.

The footage for the documentary was shot covertly last year, when Sea Shepherd Conservation Society launched Operation Desert Seal in an effort to expose "Namibia's dirty little secret" and drive international awareness "until the Southern Hemisphere's sole seal cull is abolished."

"We created quite a controversy in Namibia," said SSCS's Steve Roest, who led the team into Namibia. "But the suggestion by the Namibian government that we breached their national security and the fact that they used the navy, army and police to keep this slaughter hidden speaks volumes to the corruption involved."

The documentary airs June 8.

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Street Art Documentary of the Day

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Spend an evening in Paris with legendary French street artist Invader in Raphael Haddad's documentary In Bed With Invader.

[highsnobiety.]

Different Strokes Documentary of the Day

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Chris Birch made headlines last fall when he awoke from a stroke to discover he was no longer a straight, engaged-to-a-woman sports addict, but a flaming homosexual who quickly found a boyfriend and a job as a hairdresser. I Woke Up Gay, a new documentary about his, er, queerness, aired in the U.K. last night, and it has fueled the controversy over whether it's possible to become gay overnight. To no one's surprise, Chris, now Kris, is constantly confronted by people who aren't quite sure whether to believe his claim that his stroke "turned" him gay -- even his new boyfriend, Jak, is skeptical.

The 57-minute video can be found here.

[gawker]