November 6, 2017, 7:30 P.M.

The Ron Howard Screening Room, RZC 111, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC), 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office], the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and Argot Pictures, invite you and a guest to attend a special screening of

Swim Team

Directed by Lara Stolman
Produced by Lara Stolman and Shana Belott

7:30 P.M. on Monday, November 6th, 2017

The Ron Howard Screening Room, RZC 111
Robert Zemeckis Center, 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


  • Audience Award: Lighthouse International Film Festival
  • Audience Award: Monmouth Film Festival
  • Best Documentary: Autfest International Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Over 60 Minutes: Picture This Film Festival
  • Best Feature Cinematography: Wales International Doc Fest
  • Best New Jersey Film: Monmouth Film Festival
  • Best Sports Documentary: Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
  • Festival Favorite: Festival International Du Film Sur Le Handicap
  • Human Spirit Award: Nashville Film Festival
  • Jury Prize for Ethos: Social Impact Media Awards
  • Winner - NJ Films: Montclair Film Festival

About Swim Team

Swim Team is a feature documentary chronicling the rise of a competitive swim team made up of diverse teens on the autism spectrum. Based in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the cast of Swim Team is largely Latino and Asian, minorities that are underrepresented in competitive swimming and underserved in autism intervention and education.

Swim Team follows three of the team's star athletes, boys on the cusp of adulthood as they face a future of exclusion and dependence. But everything changes when they come together as a team with parent coaches who train them with high expectations and zero pity. As the team vies for state and national Special Olympics championships, Swim Team captures a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.

Provided courtesy of Argot Pictures. Not rated. Running time: 100 minutes.

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Director's Statement

When people ask me how I found the story of Swim Team, I say it found me.

Children with developmental disabilities are routinely excluded from community activities, often as early as preschool. Being told "no," - your child can't be in the regular class, your child wont keep up in little league, your child isn't going to college - is something families caring for children with disabilities hear often.

Since children on the spectrum are particularly prone to drowning, swimming is a crucial skill but it's not easy to find appropriate teachers and programs willing to take on an autistic child. While exploring swim lessons for my own children, I stumbled upon the Jersey Hammerheads, an all-autistic team in formation and I was immediately struck by the energy and optimism of the families that were coming together to form the team. Some of the kids were teenagers and had never been on a sports team before. And some couldn't yet swim.

With the Hammerheads families, I had found a group of parents who refused to take no for an answer. They were saying YES and as a community, it was galvanizing for them. As a mother, I was so personally inspired by what they hoped to accomplish, I knew I had to share their story. I hope my film provides inspiration for families everywhere raising children with unanticipated challenges.

-- Lara Stolman, Director and Producer

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 7:00 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu