Mack Wrestles


The sport is brutal enough. There are the demands for strength and speed and stamina, the hours bathed in sweat, the knowledge that your opponent wants to wipe the mat with you. Those were the very reasons, though, that Mack Beggs loved wrestling—it gave him a sense of purpose and a sense of self. Mack Wrestles takes the audience behind the scenes as this gifted athlete from Euless, Texas, struggles against the outside forces that stigmatize transgender athletes. Despite all the turmoil, this poignant film makes one thing perfectly clear: If life were a wrestling match, the referee would be raising Mack’s arm at the end.

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Erin Sanger

Taylor Hess



Directors: Erin Sanger, Taylor Hess
Producer: Gentry Kirby, Erin Leyden


ESPN Films
Public Film Contact
Shelley Tabor
ESPN Films
Publicity Contact
Jay Jay Nesheim
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary, LGBTQ, Sports
Screening in: Texas Shorts Program
Screening Section: Texas Shorts Competition
Screening Format: Documentary Short
Country: {"United States"}
Language: English
Runtime: 25:48 mins