The Swim team is Julia Patey (Writer/Director), Mélanie Lê Phan (Producer) and Dylan Stirewalt (Cinematographer). We are University of British Columbia film production students and this is our first major short film production!
Swim is the semi-autobiographical brain child of Julia Patey. The short film revolves around thirteen-year-old Charlotte who is obsessed with, but terrified of growing up. Her fear manifests itself in her inability to make it across the length of the pool in her swimming lessons. Embarrassed, she keeps to herself, spending her time idolizing her next-door neighbor – a fit, sexually active, attractive young woman – from afar.
In a desperate attempt to accept adulthood, Charlotte removes all childhood paraphernalia from her bedroom, hoping a physical change might inspire a psychological one. Unsuccessful and hopeless, Charlotte finally gets the change sheʼs looking for; the surprise arrival of her period forces her to face her fear at last.
The subject matter was especially important for us, as we wanted to lift the taboo surrounding the topic of puberty - more specifically what is involved in becoming a woman. This short documentary, Period Piece, was our way of directly opening up the discussion about a subject that is still rarely discussed openly today - the period.
Our hope is that through Swim and the Period Piece we can spark a conversation amongst adolescents going through puberty to help them realize they aren't alone in their experiences. We hope to abolish the idea that growing up is an individual experience. We all go through it and we might as well start talking about it.
What We Need & What You Get
We are hoping to raise $6,000 in order to finish and refine our film. The money will go to many elements of post production (editing, sound mixing, sound editing, pick ups), towards festival entries as well as towards the marketing of the film as a whole.
Your donations will help Swim become the impactful film we set out to produce!
Other Ways You Can Help
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