Each year the Nashville Film Festival awards the NPT Human Spirit Award to a documentary that best explores and capture the human spirit. This year’s award went to Swim Team, a documentary featuring three athletes on the Jersey Hammerheads, a competitive team for teens on the autism spectrum. The teens featured in the movie are “trained with high expectations and zero pity,” as Swim Team captures their quest for inclusion and a sense of winning.
The award was presented to director Lara Stolman and producer Shanna Belott at the 48th NaFF at the Regal Hollywood Stadium 27.
The recipient is chosen by the NPT Human Spirit jury, which consisted of Kevin Crane, vice president of programming and technology; Justin Harvey, director of content, Sheila Fischer, director of development; Linda Wei, director of digital strategies; and Jessica Turk, assistant program manager.
“Swim Team” will air on POV, PBS’s series of independent documentaries, on October 2, 2017.
View the trailer for Swim Team:
Read more about “Swim Team” and the NPT Human Spirit Award at Nashville Public Television.