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The Impossible Swim premieres Feb. 27 on TSN as part of the Engraved on a Nation series

February 4, 2019 (Toronto, Canada) – Circle Blue Entertainment and co-directors Larry and Ali Weinstein are thrilled to announce the broadcast premiere of the edge-of-your-seat documentary, The Impossible Swim, on Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET as part of TSN’s Engraved on a Nation documentary series. The film follows 16-year-old Maya Farrell as she attempts to swim across Lake Ontario at its widest point. The highs and lows of her journey give audiences a glimpse into solo marathon swimming, what many people call “the loneliest sport”.

In 2016, Farrell, only 14 years-old, attempted to swim across Lake Ontario. The Ottawa teen was inspired by her grandfather who planted the seed in her mind when she was 10. If successful, she would be the youngest to accomplish this feat. With just 300 metres to go, a fierce storm forced Maya out of the water, but she vowed to come back and beat that lake. Now, two years later, a documentary crew follows Maya’s journey as she trains to swim the widest distance of the lake – 88 km.

She has the guidance and inspiration of two incredible mentors - Coach Vicki Keith - the only person to have completed a double-crossing of Lake Ontario and swim across all five Great Lakes - pushes Maya through hard training in the pool and open water, and provides the tough love she needs; and Marilyn Bell – the first person to ever swim across Lake Ontario in 1954 – shares her experience and wisdom with the aim of inspiring Maya to reach her dream.

“The women we meet in The Impossible Swim smash any pre-conceived assumptions about female athletes,” says Ali Weinstein, co-director. “Marathon swimmers are fiercely determined, and Maya, Vicki and Marilyn in particular have gone to lengths to achieve their goals that would boggle anyone’s mind.” “Working on this film was an honour as it marks my first formal collaboration with a superb young director, Ali, my daughter,” adds Larry Weinstein, co-director. “Together we created a rich and heartfelt film about an incredible sport and some of the personalities behind that sport, but most of all, it is a film about generations and about lessons learned.”

Information and trailer for Engraved on a Nation can be found here:

About Circle Blue Entertainment:

Established by award-winning producer Amos Adetuyi in 2011, Circle Blue Entertainment is a television and film production company based in Toronto and Los Angeles that produces content across a range of genres, from drama to non-scripted, for television, theatrical and digital markets in North America, and internationally. Recent productions include: Angelique’s Isle (Level Film/CBC), an Indigenous thriller set in the 1800’s; Beat the World (Sony Pictures/ Wild Bunch/eOne), the first dance movie to blend hip-hop and parkour; Across the Line, starring Stephan James, directed by the renowned music video director, “Director X”; the critically acclaimed comedy film, Jean of the Joneses, which premiered at SXSW and TIFF; and the upcoming dramatic series, Diggstown (CBC).


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Renee Horton

(902) 329-9905

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