When her best friend returns from Paris with a new lover, Kate's life is thrown off track.
Encountering new personalities, old promises and sexual fluidity, Kate must decide to stay on her current path or burn it down to forge a new one.
Josh Helman - Director / Co-Writer
Originally from Queensland, Australia, Josh studied screenwriting at AFTRS, acting at QUT and directing at NIDA. Acting credits include: X-Men: Apocalypse, Jack Reacher, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mad Max: Fury Road, Animal Kingdom, Starz’s Flesh and Bone, FOX’s Wayward Pines, HBO’s The Pacific. Most recently, he starred in the biopic My Name is Lenny as the infamous British boxer Lenny McLean. This is his debut feature as director.
Jennifer Allcott - Co-Writer / Producer
Born and raised in California, Jennifer has a BA in Theater from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is currently pursuing her master’s in Psychotherapy. This is her debut feature as writer and producer. While much of her early acting career took place in the theater, her film and television credits include WGN’s Manhattan, The Girl With the Jacket, Falling, and Rihanna Secret Show.
Evan Jonigkeit - Co-Director / Executive Producer
Evan has been seen on Broadway, Off Broadway, in Film and Television. Acting credits include Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Bone Tomahawk, X-Men Days of Future Past (where he and Josh met) seasons 1 and 2 of both Easy and Frontier (Netflix) Upcoming: Sweetbitter (STARZ), Empty Man (Fox) Producing credits include Mildred and the Dying Parlor, Starring Steve Buscemi, Jane Krakowski and Zosia Mamet. Evan recently Executive produced the pilot episodes for the series FABLED for Refinery29. In 2017 Evan received an EMMY nomination for producing Stand For Rights; A Benefit for the ACLU, he also produced the 2017 ESPY awards and has a number of films to be released in 2018 including Kate Can’t Swim.
Samuel R. Syrop - Producer
Samuel got his start by working in production and post-production at Dimension Films and The Weinstein Company. He then moved on to work for Martin Scorsese's Sikelia Productions and is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. More recently, Samuel co-produced The Eyes of My Mother, a 2016 Sundance Film Festival NEXT selection. He also worked for producer Edward R. Pressman (Badlands, American Psycho, Thank You For Smoking, Wall Street, Bad Lieutenant, The Crow) as his Creative Associate where he contributed to the development of several new film and television projects.
Malica Chehrzad - Co-Producer
Malica is an Iranian-American filmmaker originally from Huntington Beach, CA. She attended Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and graduated with a BFA. After graduation, she relocated to New York City and worked on the original Happyish pilot for Showtime starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans, and Kathryn Hahn. She also worked on Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, as well as Peter Bogdanovich’s comeback feature She’s Funny That Way. In addition, she has worked on the set of Girls, The Knick, and Tomorrowland.
Golan Ramraz - Co-Producer
Since Golan Ramraz co-founded Boom Picture Company, he has written and/or produced five feature films. He is currently prepping Einstein, co-written by Oscar winner Ronald Bass (Rain Man), Silent Knights with Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, and Copper Wire with acclaimed director Eduardo Rodriguez. Beyond his work in the creative field, Golan is a professor and lecturer at institutions of higher learning worldwide, including USC and UCLA. He has also founded and run numerous film-related organizations, including a chapter of the illustrious IFP non-profit, The Phoenix Film Festival and The Phoenix Film Foundation. He has also been a manager with the prestigious Telluride Film Festival for over fifteen years.
"Flawless in its execution of portraying real relationships with believably nuanced characters, authentic on-screen chemistry and an engaging story that thrives on what isn’t said..."
Slamdance Film Festival Jury
"[A] remarkably understated yet powerful movie... A second viewing may be required to capture all the richness and nuance of this work."
"This first-time director and writing pair gives us a striking, complex and provocative film that brings relationships and sexuality issues into clear and sometimes harsh view... Kate Can't Swim is a standout."
Reel Honest Reviews
"Artistically, all of the elements are in place for a visually stunning cinematic experience."
"...a closely observed relationship drama that foregrounds some distinctly forthright sexual dynamics."
The Hollywood Reporter