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Directed by Lara Stolman
90 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated

Post-film discussion with Julia Hood, Senior Director of Clinical Services, Valley Behavioral Health and the Pingree Center; and a representative from Special Olympics Utah.

Demonstrating the power of inclusion to transcend disability, Lara Stolman’s triumphant film profiles members of the Jersey Hammerheads, a competitive swim team made up of a diverse group of teens on the autism spectrum, based in the state with the highest rate of autism in the country. Through training and competition, star athletes Mikey, Robbie and Kelvin gain self-confidence and social skills that serve them both in and out of the pool

Winner: Audience Award–2016 Monmouth Film Festival, Audience Award–2016 Lighthouse International Film Festival

“It’s a touching glimpse at a community solution to an inclusion problem, where the water’s more than just fine.”
– Robert Abele, L.A. Times

“Swim Team treats its subjects as would any sports movie attuned to character and drama.” – Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

“This film provides a beacon of hope.”
– Film Forward

Featured, Salt Lake City

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 @ 7:00 PM9:00 PM MDT