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Documentary ‘Swim Team’ Tackles Autism, Teamwork and Community

Documentary 'Swim Team' Tackles Autism, Teamwork and Community

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Swim Team

Tweetable Logline: Coming of age with autism and striving for success in and out of the pool.

Elevator Pitch: “Swim Team” chronicles the overwhelming struggles and extraordinary triumphs of three young competitive swimmers with autism and their swim team that brings hope to a community. It’s a film about how sports transcends disability and not giving up on your kid.

Production Team: 

ANN COLLINS – Co-Producer/Editor – has been working in documentary film for over 25 years. Her editing credits include the feature documentaries “The Heart of the Matter,” “Belly Talkers,” “The Charcoal People” and “Sound and Fury,” all of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before receiving theatrical and television distribution. “Sound and Fury” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

LAELA KILBOURN
– Director of Photography – Her documentary feature credits include the Academy Award winning “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” Sundance hit “American Teen,” the Emmy-nominated “Word Wars” and “Sync or Swim,” which won the Billie Award for Journalism from the Women’s Sports Foundation. Her most recent feature documentary “How to Dance in Ohio,” premiered at Sundance in January, 2015 and will air on HBO later this year.

LARA STOLMAN
– Director – Producer – has produced news and documentaries that have aired on NBC, MSNBC, TLC, AMC and VH-1. Her film “Portraits of Survival,” about coming to terms with the tragedy of 9/11 through art, aired on MSNBC, was selected for the Hamptons International Film Festival and won a Cine Golden Eagle award. “Swim Team” is her first independent feature documentary.

SHANNA BELOTT
– Producer – Shanna has an extensive background in film and TV development and production. After getting her start at Creative Artists Agency, she went on to work at 20th Century Fox, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (where she created rockumentaries), Steven Bochco Productions and ABC Pictures. More recently, Shanna has cultivated her experience in traditional and digital media to address social change.

About the Film: 
I was inspired by the “Swim Team” families who had been told their children wouldn’t be able to speak, dress themselves and would be institutionalized. They refused to accept the limitations placed on their children. Their kids were not welcome onto community teams so they formed their own swim team and when they saw how much their children benefited, it changed their outlook on what was possible for them.

Current Status: 
Post-production and fundraising.

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