Swim Team


The Main 2 Sun, Apr 16, 2017 11:45 AM
The Main 2 Fri, Apr 21, 2017 2:30 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
$6.00 Earlybird
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Women Directors
Voice Category:Expanded Horizons
Release Year:2016
Runtime:100 min
Festivals & Awards:Best Sports Documentary - Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Audience Award and Best New Jersey Film - Monmouth Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary - Picture This Film Festival
SIMA (Social Impact Media Awards) Jury Prize for Ethos
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Full Circle Post
Director:Lara Stolman
Producer:Lara Stolman
Shanna Belott
Co-Producer Ann Collins
Cinematographer:Laela Kilbourn
Editor:Ann Collins
Composer:Mark Suozzo
Filmography:Debut Feature


Doctors told Mike McQuay’s parents that their son might never speak, might never be able to live and work on his own. But the McQuays were undeterred, and Mike Sr. took it upon himself to form the Jersey Hammerheads, a swim team that trains in the Raritan Bay YMCA. Rigorous, hard-headed, but always compassionate, Mike Sr. pushes his athletes—all of whom face the challenges of autism—to be bigger and better than their initial diagnoses. The results are palpable: in the pool, the team excels, winning meet after meet and even, in one case, moving on to the national Special Olympics.

Outside of the pool? The young men and women see themselves differently, as successes, with real goals that bleed over into other facets of their lives. Swimming reduces the tics of a swimmer who also suffers from Tourette’s.

“[W]ill leave you inspired and grateful.” — The Knockturnal

Director’s Biography

Lara Stolman: Lara Stolman has a BA in Political Science from Columbia College of Columbia University and JD from Yeshiva University's Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. Her work has appeared on NBC, MSNBC, TLC, AMC, VH-1 and The New York Times' website.

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