Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New Release: Olympic Swim Film "Touch the Wall"

Once again I veer away from my mission to promote self publishing, indie authors, and their books to spotlight something different. As I prepare to publish my epic swim novel Swim Season, I plan to take a break to watch this documentary about two swimmers as they prepare for the 2012 London Olympics. One is a veteran at these events and the other is a first-timer. After a successful nation-wide theatrical run, the beloved swim film Touch the Wall is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital platforms. Grab it and watch! I'm waiting for my own champion swimmer to come home from school for the summer so we can watch it together.

Touch the Wall, by Grant Barbeito & Christo Brock, stars the teen-aged Missy Franklin as she prepared for her triumphant first Olympics. The film details her relationship with multiple Olympic Medalist Kara Lynn Joyce, a seasoned pro who came to swim with Missy in the altitude of Denver in 2011. At those 2012 games, Missy won 4 gold medals and broke two world records.

Watch the film trailer:

Since the film’s release, the two women have taken different paths. Kara retired after London, and continues in the swim world as a teacher and coach. Missy returned to school and swam collegiately at Berkeley for two years. She passed up millions in endorsement income to swim on a college team, and that choice paid off in 2015 when Berkeley won the NCAA division I female swimming championship.

Missy turned professional after that championship, and returned home to Denver, Colorado to train with her former coach Todd Schmitz. Armed with a sizzling smile and a keen intellect, she’s one of the world’s most sought-after pitchwomen, and endorses Visa, Wheaties, Speedo, Minute-Maid, and GoPro.

The Missy Franklin/Kara Lynn Joyce film has screened more than 500 times in the last 18 months to swim clubs, women’s groups, and Olympic fans across the country. And though DVDs have been available since September, the film just came to digital. Accompanying the digital release on iTunes are four Extra Movies – short behind-the- scenes movies of Missy and Kara talking about their experiences in the film. Those movies are a smaller part of the larger Special Edition due out later this year.

Get it on iTunes!


“Unintentionally revolutionary​ in its celebration of female physical and emotional strength​.​ ”
 – The Mary Sue

“A unique lesson in the dance between competition and collaboration​."
 – ​ The Denver Post

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