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The Big Bad Swim -- A group of Connecticut locals enroll in an adult-education beginner's swim class.


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  (in credits order)

Paget Brewster ... Amy Pierson

Jeff Branson ... Noah Owens

Jess Weixler ... Jordan Gallagher

Raviv Ullman ... Hunter McCarthy (as Ricky Ullman)
Avi Setton ... David Gallagher

Todd Susman ... Martin Webber

Kevin Porter Young ... Carl
Darla Hill ... Joanna Webber

Terria Joseph ... Norah

Liza Lapira ... Paula
Crystal Bock ... Mary Beth

Emma Adele Galvin ... Jaime (as Emma Galvin)
Judy Cole ... Rosy
Ostaro ... Efram

Michael Mosley ... Shawn

Matt Servitto ... Principal Miwaski
Grant Aleksander ... Paul Pierson

Joanna Adler ... Dr. Gaskill (as Joanna P. Adler)
Elizabeth N. Hart ... Elyse
Richard Sheridan Willis ... Jim Douglas

Tori Davis ... Diane

Tim Hayes ... Scott

Tamar Kummel ... Donna Boyd
Franca Vercelloni ... Waitress
Kip Hashagen ... Kenny
Scott Winters ... Gambler #1

Christopher Larkin ... Cashier
Danielle Simone ... Camp Counselor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Dolan ... Bar patron
Alexander Fagan ... Teenager
Kasie Fagan ... Bounce House Girl

Charles Karel ... Israeli Gambler
Christine Perkins ... Julia

Allegra De Vita ... Student (uncredited)

Paul T. Gosselin ... Waiter (uncredited)
Zoe Hartman ... Swim Student (uncredited)
Amy LaBossiere ... Blackjack dealer, bar patron (uncredited)

Kathleen O'Neil ... Blackjack Dealer (uncredited)

Directed by
Ishai Setton 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Daniel Schechter 

Produced by
Adam Gaines .... associate producer
Lani Ireland .... associate producer
Ryan Kampe .... co-producer
Christina Mathena .... line producer
Heather Merriken .... associate producer
Elana Pianko .... co-producer
David Raymond .... executive producer
Daniel Schechter .... executive producer
Ishai Setton .... producer
Chandra Simon .... producer
Emily Ting .... associate producer
Sylvain Tron .... co-producer
Original Music by
Chad Kelly 
Cinematography by
Josh Silfen 
Film Editing by
Ian B. Wile 
Casting by
Kelli Lerner 
Production Design by
Valerie Green 
Costume Design by
Cara Liedlich 
Makeup Department
Audie Metcalf .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert J. Lyons .... post-production manager
Nicholas Watson .... production manager
Andy Williams .... post-production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kella Kokkinos .... second assistant director
Tony Phillippe .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jen Cone .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Claire Bell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Brian Scibinico)
Claire Bell .... supervising sound editor (as Brian Scibinico)
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Dustin Cook .... sound editor
Tammy Douglas .... sound mixer
Guillermo Pena-Tapia .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Belschner .... best boy grip
Tim Duff .... grip
Rebecca Heller .... camera intern
T.J. Hellmuth .... key grip
Wesley Hodges .... second assistant camera
Adam Lukens .... electric swing
Richard P. Ulivella .... chief lighting technician
Casey Wooden .... additional best boy electric
Casey Wooden .... additional best boy grip
Michael Yetter .... best boy electric
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Hennessy .... co-wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Robert Lovejoy .... digital film colorist
Robert Pyle .... post-production engineer
John-Michael Trojan .... post-production coordinator
Mark Wawrzenski .... editorial assistant
Andy Williams .... digital intermediate producer
Other crew
Olenka Denysenko .... script supervisor
Tim Duff .... assistant office manager
Janet Falcon .... senior datacine operator
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel
Thomas Evan Jones .... conforming fire editor
Steven Slater .... key production assistant
Angela Trevino .... production coordinator
Matt Wolford .... datacine operator
Patrick M. Wood .... production assistant
Jeffrey Abramson .... special thanks
Adam Der Aris .... special thanks
Tamar Kummel .... thanks
Ryan Piotrowicz .... special thanks
Elizabeth Turk .... special thanks
Adrian Wattenmaker .... special thanks

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Big Bad Swim Floats To The Top, 16 August 2006
Author: G B from United States

I had the pleasure of screening "The Big Bad Swim" at the 2006 New London Film Festival last week. The festival highlights some of the best independent and non-mainstream films from the past year. It was my assumption that "The Big Bad Swim" was chosen for screening at this festival for the simple reason that it was shot locally in and around Eastern Connecticut. However, as the credits began to roll I could only think about how well "The Big Bad Swim" compared to the others featured during the festival. By far it topped my list, followed by "The Puffy Chair", "Who Killed The Electric Car" and "Transamerica".

The "The Big Bad Swim" is an engaging, truthful and often-humorous look at several adult education swim class pupils and their likable yet troubled instructor that has a depth that I've not seen on screen in quite a while. The interweaving character development and plot lines derived from something as absurd as adult-swimming lessons works in subtle and endearing ways which I found refreshing. The plot doesn't beat you over the head with a direction; rather it builds and grows organically with a pace that was spot on. I was never bored. I never cringed. I never stepped out of the story on the screen.

The humor of the film is something like "Napoleon Dynamite" meets "Old School". The acting from a group of relatively unknown actors was credible and their dialog never seemed awkward or contrived. Obviously not being a multi-million production the camera shot weren't all awe-inspiring and clear, but adequate and well done for the budget. The lighting and filming technique for scenes filmed in the strip club setting were particularly eye catching because of a more realistic approach than a similar themed scene found in "Closer". I also found shots filmed underwater of the class from the waist down seemed to be just as much a portrait of character as a shot from the shoulders up could be.

I sure it's said over and over from many in the independent film industry, but I have to say it: If "The Big Bad Swim" isn't picked up for some kind of distribution I would extremely disappointed. "The Big Bad Swim" needs to be seen. If you have the chance to see this film, SEE IT! Disappointment is impossible!

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