Dive in with swimmers in their sixties and beyond, making a splash as they hold back the hands of time and celebrate the beauty, strength and joy they have found in artistic (synchronized) swimming. Sue, Ellen, Cris, Luther, Monica and Joyce have pushed through physical, emotional and physical boundaries to pursue their sport. Collectively, they have lost partners, suffered injuries and contended with ageist assumptions about what they can do. But through it all, they keep swimming. Now they are preparing to go to the U.S. Masters Artistic Swimming Championships. One is going for gold, another knows she’ll come last, and others are going for community. These athletes are a testament to perseverance, the resilience of the human spirit, and our endless capacity for growth at any age. Lush underwater photography and unforgettable characters will have you grabbing your towel, heading for the pool and ready to stay fit for life.
Written and directed by Megan Wennberg, Unsyncable is produced by Tell Tale Productions with producer Edward Peill and producer Erin Oakes.
Unsyncable’s eclectic cast includes world champion and synchro legend Sue Baross Nesbitt (68), rookie Ellen Scott (63), Cris Meier-Windes (68) of the San Francisco Tsunami LGBTQ+ team, former marine Luther Gales (82) and his teammates Monica Hale (68) and Joyce Clarke (71) of the Harlem Honeys and Bears (North America’s only all Black artistic swimming team). Together these athletes are a testament to perseverance, the resilience of the human spirit, and our endless capacity for growth at any age.
“By jumping in the pool and pushing their limits every practice, Sue, Ellen, Cris, Monica, Luther and Joyce kick back against the expectation that getting older means slowing down and succumbing to our limitations,” says Director Megan Wennberg. ”I hope they will inspire audiences to see aging in a new light – not as something to dread, but as something to aspire to as we all ‘rage against the dying of the light’ in our own unique ways.”
Unsyncable was made in partnership with ZoomerMedia, and participation of the Telus Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund, Canada Media Fund, Active Aging Canada, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging Western University, the government of Canada, and the government of Nova Scotia.
Watch the trailer here.