Senior artistic swimmers (formerly known as synchronized swimmers) push physical, emotional and
societal boundaries as they prepare for the U.S. Masters Artistic Swimming Championships
A film by Megan Wennberg
World Broadcast Premiere
Monday October 9, at 9pm ET / 6pm PT
After an exciting premiere at Hot Docs 2023 that left audiences captivated and eager for more, the highly-anticipated documentary Unsyncable is set to make its Broadcast Debut on VISIONTV, October 9, at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. The film’s two sold-out screenings at the festival served as a testament to its compelling storytelling and the excitement it generated among the eager audience.
Unsyncable, written and directed by Megan Wennberg, follows six senior artistic swimmers (aged 63 – 82) preparing for the U.S. Masters Artistic Swimming Championships (formerly synchronized swimming). One is going for gold, another knows she’ll come last, and others are going for community and the love of their team. They will all push physical, emotional and societal boundaries to get there. Collectively, they have lost partners, suffered injuries and contended with ageist assumptions about what they can do. But through it all, they keep swimming and they do it with a smile.
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.
After 2 massively successful sold out screenings this past spring at Hot Docs, Unsyncable will make its world broadcast premiere on VisionTV, Monday Oct, 9, at 9pm ET / 6pm PT
The film continues its festival run having screened in September at Atlantic Film Festival, and Calgary International Film Festival and Lunenburg Doc Festival. Not to mention a busy cross-Canada community outreach tour, including moderated screenings, with educational materials and discussion guides, encouraging active living amongst older adults.
ABOUT Director Megan Wennberg
Megan Wennberg is a documentary filmmaker based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Her first feature documentary Drag Kids follows four brave young drag queens on a journey to acceptance and acclaim in their first group performance at Montreal Pride. Drag Kids premiered at Hot Docs in 2019, and went on to win multiple awards and screen at top festivals around the world. Megan’s second film The Killing of Phillip Boudreau explores the less publicized events and context around Nova Scotia’s infamous ‘Murder for Lobster.’ It won the Screen Nova Scotia Award for Best Documentary in 2021, and Megan won WIFT-AT’s Award for Best Director.
ABOUT Tell Tale Productions Inc.
Tell Tale Productions has produced more than 200 hours of one-off documentaries, non-scripted series, and digital content for millions of viewers in more than 100 countries. Production partners include CBC, documentary Channel, Discovery, History, Zoomer Media, AMI, NDR, and Super Channel. Recent documentaries include, The Killing of Phillip Boudreau, Drag Kids, and, How the Wild Things Sleep.
Owned and operated by ZoomerMedia Limited, VisionTV – Zoomer Television is available in 8.5 million Canadian homes and is a top-rated specialty station for women 35plus. VisionTV is the country’s exclusive broadcaster of popular British comedy, drama and detective series, classic favourites like Murder She Wrote and the original Magnum P.I., plus uplifting movies, music, faith, the flagship current affairs show theZoomer, and original Canadian documentaries commissioned by Moses Znaimer, ZoomerMedia Founder and VisionTV’s Executive Producer, that address themes related to health, wellness and longevity. Full schedule at www.visiontv.ca