• February 22, 2017
  • IndieWire

'Swim Team' debuts in the UK at the Glasgow Film Festival's special inclusive screening.

Scotland's oldest independent cinema was honoured with the award . . .

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  • December 6, 2016
  • IndieWire

'Swim Team' is One of the Top 10 Undistributed Films of 2016

This was a year of marvelous, important performances by women . . . .

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  • December 14, 2016
  • MyCentralJersey.com

Middlesex County's Hammerheads featured in 'Swim Team'

The award-winning documentary, "Swim Team," about the Special Olympics-honored, Middlesex County-based Jersey Hammerheads, screens Dec. 17 at the Monmouth Film Festival in Red Bank . . . .

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  • November 26, 2016
  • Hollywood Reporter

'Swim Team': Film Review | Napa Valley 2016 | Instructive and inspiring

Documentarian Lara Stolman follows a trio of autistic athletes as they learn to compete and reach for independent adulthood . . . .

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  • November 19, 2016
  • Swim Swam

Itching for Another Documentary about Swimming? "Swim Team" is Here.

Following the monstrous success of recent swimming-related documentaries like Touch the Wall and The Last Gold, many swimmers, coaches, and teams are hungry for the next inspiring, heart-wrenching film to come along and make them laugh, cry, and shout "KICK!" at the screen. . . . .

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  • November 18, 2016
  • Reel News Daily

DOC NYC Review: 'SWIM TEAM' challenges our idea of winners and losers

SWIM TEAM was selected for the Independent Filmmaker Project's Project Forum in 2015 and in 2016 was selected to participate in the IFP Documentary Completion Lab . . . .

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  • November 17, 2016
  • Eye For Film

Making a splash

Lara Stolman on Swim Team and getting to know the Jersey Hammerheads . . . .

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  • November 12, 2016
  • Women and Hollywood

DOC NYC 2016 Women Directors: Meet Lara Stolman -- "Swim Team"

Lara Stolman has produced news and documentaries that have aired on NBC, MSNBC, TLC, AMC, VH-1, and The New York Times' website. . . .

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  • November 7, 2016
  • Indiewire

Watch: Exclusive Clip from 'Swim Team' Shows How Sports Transcends Disability

In a world that constantly relegates them to the sidelines, three teenage swimmers dare to take center stage to prove how sports can transcend disability. . . .

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  • October 23, 2016
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

"Swim Team" wins Best Sports Documentary at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

We are happy to announce the winners of the 25th Anniversary Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival . . .

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  • October 4, 2016
  • Easterseals

"Swim Team" Joins Forces With Easterseals To Promote Inclusion For Families With Disabilities In Communities Nationwide

Easterseals, the country's indispensable resource for people facing today's disabilities, and the filmmakers behind the forthcoming documentary film SWIM TEAM, announced today . . .

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  • August 22, 2016
  • Huffington Post

Documentaries Make An Impact Through Artistry As Much As Advocacy

"What's your call to action?" This was one of the first questions asked of us when it was announced that our film Swim Team was chosen for this year's IFP Documentary Completion Lab.

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  • May 9, 2016
  • Independent Filmmaker Project

"Swim Team" selected for IFP Documentary Completion Lab.

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced today the ten documentaries selected for the 2016 IFP Filmmaker Labs, IFP's annual yearlong fellowship for first-time feature directors.

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  • February 28, 2016
  • Huffington Post

The Best Place for Community is the One You Grew Up With

By Shanna Belott

When companies engage in a rebranding effort, sometimes it's all just sound and fury signifying nothing. But once in awhile, rebranding campaigns carry the weight of authenticity and make ...

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  • November 17, 2015
  • Huffington Post

The Shopping Cart Shuffle: Our Schools Couldn't Care Less about the Potential of Kids with Autism

By Lara Stolman

I am moved to tears when I hear 16-year-old Vincent play the piano. On top of precise technique, his rendition of the second movement of Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto is achingly beautiful...

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  • September 23, 2015
  • Huffington Post

Think the Disability Inclusion Movement Isn't About You? Think Again

By Shanna Belott

Twenty-five years ago, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), ushered in a new era of opportunity and expectation for people with disabilities...

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  • July 28, 2015
  • Huffington Post

The #1 Way Schools Are Failing Our Kids Will Surprise You

By Shanna Belott and Lara Stolman

This isn't a story about bullying, but let's start there, with a recent incident at an 8-year-old's birthday party...

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  • June 26, 2015
  • Huffington Post

How Long Before I'm the One Attacking My Son's Coach With a Kettlebell?

By Shanna Belott

I just became a soccer mom, and so far I think it's going pretty well...

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  • April 16, 2015
  • The New York Times

"Swim Team" Featured in The New York Times

The "Swim Team" filmmakers created this profile of Robert, one of the film's main characters, for The New York Times' web site.

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  • April 16, 2015
  • Autism Speaks

"Swim Team" Featured by Autism Speaks

The film follows Coach Mike and his team as they train for the Special Olympics and the national USA Special Olympics games. However, the film also captures the uncertainty of the transition age for these young adults, and what options will be available to them once school ends.

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  • April 01, 2015
  • Huffington Post

"Swim Team" Producer Shanna Belott Writes for The Huffington Post about the Bottom Line Benefits of Hiring People with Autism

Something curious is happening in Corporate America. Business leaders are discovering a whole new source of talent they never realized existed: people with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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  • March 13, 2015
  • TAPintoEdison

"Swim Team" Featured in TAPintoEdison

Filmed on location over the course of a year in Edison, Perth Amboy and other towns in Middlesex County, NJ, "Swim Team" is a feature length documentary film chronicling the debut season of the Jersey Hammerheads, a competitive "Swim Team" made up of children and teens on the autism spectrum.

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  • February 23, 2015
  • Indiewire

"Swim Team" Awarded Project of the Month by Indiewire

"Swim Team" garnered the most votes for the February Project of the Month. The prize is a creative consultation from our Project of the Month partner, Tribeca Film Institute.

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  • February 23, 2015
  • Indiewire

"Swim Team" Cinematographer Laela Kilbourn Featured in Indiewire

In a field where females are shockingly underrepresented, these talented DPs stand out.

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  • February 18, 2015
  • Huffington Post

"Swim Team" Director Lara Stolman Writes for The Huffington Post about the Importance of Inclusion in Youth Sports

It's a benefit for kids who are typical and those with disabilities - so why isn't it happening?

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  • February 11, 2015
  • Indiewire

"Swim Team" Featured as Project of the Day

"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.

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  • January 25, 2015
  • Filmmaker Magazine

Cinematographer Laela Kilbourn on Shooting Sundance Competition Doc, How to Dance in Ohio

With documentary credits such as Magic Camp, My Brooklyn and Word Wars, cinematographer Laela Kilbourn entered Alexandra Shiva's How to Dance in Ohio with a specific challenge, which she discusses below: to sensitively film without disrupting teens and young adults with autism.

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  • June 20, 2014
  • Goodwill Industries of Greater NY

Documentary Films Young Athlete with Autism in His Safe Space: NJ Goodwill Store

Producer Lara Stolman, who has produced documentaries for NBC, MSNBC, BBC America, AMC, and VH-1, visited the East Brunswick Goodwill store on Sunday, June 15, to film a segment for her latest documentary, "Swim Team."

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  • June 19, 2014
  • Goodwill Industries of Greater NY

Documentary Follows Athlete with Autism to Safe Haven: Goodwill Store

All of the staff members in the Goodwill East Brunswick store know Kelvin Truong by name. When he walks in with a huge grin and his high ponytail hairdo, everyone greets him hello.

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