|With You! tells the extraordinary, true story of a group of gay men who get together to play the most brutal and masculine of sports-rugby. The members, traditionally shunned from team sports growing up as gay men, find unity, community, and respect for themselves and from others by playing for New York’s Gotham Knights Rugby Team.
The Gotham Knights path to where they are today was not an easy one, and With You! follows the team every step of the way over the course of two seasons. At their inception the Knights were easily the worst rugby team in New York State. Unable to put any points on the board and trounced by the other teams in their union in their first season, their second season culminates with a hard-won try in their last game.,
With You! shows not only how the team progresses over two seasons, but how the individual players-who include lawyers, office temps, students, and construction workers-develop as ruggers and as men. Many team members must overcome perceptions that they are not only inadequate athletes, but somehow less able rugby players because they are openly gay athletes.
Forced to confront homophobia from their straight counterparts as well as the homophobia that lives inside them, With You! chronicles how the team and its members find new confidence, pride, and identity to be able to be both true to themselves and also to their sport.
Yaniv was born and raised in Israel. Following his military service in the Israeli Army, he decided to move to New York City to pursue his passion for filmmaking. He enrolled in the prestigious School of Video Arts filmmaking program, becoming proficient in shooting, directing, and editing. His first project With You! became an award-winning documentary, featured in several film festivals.
He is now working as a freelance Editor and Director. His recent work includes post-production for web-based lifestyle shorts for Ford Models and two music videos for the Indie bands Nekked and Dalipstyxx, which he directed and edited.
He is currently working on his newest documentary about missionaries, both Muslim and Christian, in Africa.
Joshua Koffman is a New York based documentary director, producer, and writer. He has worked for numerous broadcast and cable outlets in various forms of non-fiction programming. Documentary credits include National Geographic Channel, (Inside Grand Central), Discovery Networks (Mystery Diagnosis), and TLC (Maternity Ward), as well as reality programming for ABC (Wife Swap) and Style Network (Try My Life). He was also a producer on Tying the Knot, a film about same-sex marriage that won the “best documentary” award at Frameline Film Festival 2004, and was theatrically released by Roadside Attractions. Currently, Joshua is directing the 2008 season of TLC's number one series What Not to Wear. Joshua enjoyed learning about the "rugger" experience and watching a lot of footage of sweaty guys grabbing each other in shorts!