Director: Michael Mailer
Cast: Michael Shannon, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Alex MacNicoll, Ash Santos, Lilly Krug, David James Elliot
119 Min. | OV
During their last year at an Ivy League college in 1999, after having placed last in the national championship, a crew-team finds new inspiration, when a Vietnam veteran becomes their coach. Alex, the captain of the team, is being pushed by his father, who runs the university‘s sports department with a combination of power and egotism and will accept nothing but success. When Chris joins the team and becomes friends with crewing-ace John, Alex sees his role as team captain in danger. A skirmish begins that has to navigate high school love, adolescent posturing and a growing sense of responsibility on the way to adulthood. Like no other sport, crewing is reliant on no team member being allowed or able to stand out. There are no Ronaldos, no Wayne Gretzkys, and no Michael Jordans. They would not thrive in this sport. Michael Mailer tells an inspiring tale about true sportsmanship and integrity for which he could attain the help of the wonderful Michael Shannon for the role of the coach. Swing: the feeling you get when a team rows perfectly in sync.