Archive of films The Big Bad Swim / The Big Bad Swim

2006, 93 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2007

An eccentric ensemble comedy-drama about a group of people who meet at an adult education swimming class. Male and female, old and young, rich and poor, the one thing they have in common is their fear of water and their desire to overcome that fear and learn how to swim.


An eccentric comedy following the antics of members of an adult swimming class. Amy, a middle-aged high-school teacher is going through a divorce. One of her students is filming a documentary about his croupier-by-day / stripper-by-night sister Jordan, who’s also in the class. Jordan has the hots for handsome swimming instructor Noah, an ex-Olympic hopeful, who’s haunted and depressed by failure. There are also other phobic wannabe swimmers: a local cop, an elderly woman, an eccentric mother-daughter duo and many others with their own interesting secrets. In the end, the film becomes a story about people seeking happiness and overcoming their fears. Not everyone makes it through the class, but those who do come to realize that life isn’t about learning to swim, but about forcing yourself to get in the water every once in a while.

About the director

Ishai Setton (Houston, Texas) graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His short film The Butcher and the Housewife has screened at many festivals and won Best Comedy Short at the Houston International Film Festival. Setton served as producer on the feature-length documentary Ocho Candelas, winner of the Joyce Award for Achievement in Documentary. The Big Bad Swim is Ishai’s feature-length directorial debut.


Setton Sun Productions
, 11215, New York
United States of America
Tel: +1 347 223 4796
Fax: +1 347 223 4796

About the film


Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Ishai Setton
Screenplay: Daniel Schechter
Dir. of Photography: Josh Silfen
Music: Chad Kelly
Editor: Ian B. Wile
Producer: Ishai Setton, Chandra Simon
Production: Setton Sun Productions
Cast: Paget Brewster, Jeff Branson, Jess Weixler, Ricky Ullman
Contact: Setton Sun Productions


Ishai Setton

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