Director Bryan Fogel begins an experiment in self-doping, hoping to understand its effects on his cycling performance, and how professional athletes are able to evade detection. He is introduced to a Russian scientist, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, a pillar of his country's anti-doping program. Over dozens of Skype calls, urine samples, and badly administered hormone injections, Fogel and Rodchenkov grow closer, despite allegations that place Rodchenkov at the center of Russia's state-sponsored Olympic doping program. When accusations of illegalities run to Russia's highest chains of command, the two realize they hold the power to reveal one of the biggest international sports scandals in living memory.
Includes a post-film conversation with Writer/Director/Producer Bryan Fogel.
Prior to directing his first documentary feature, ICARUS, Bryan co-wrote and starred in the hit International and Off-Broadway play, Jewtopia, and co-wrote and directed the feature film adaptation. Bryan began shooting ICARUS three years ago, believing that what the world watches on its sports fields should not be taken for granted as truth. What followed was a journey he never could have imagined, and a testament to the power of documentary filmmaking to rewrite history.