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.
Intelligent, strong-willed and sarcastic; a struggling writer.
Celeste is a Portland, Oregon native and recent Yale MFA Acting graduate. Credits include: The Big Sick, Rebel in the Rye, The Post, Bull and At Home With Mystic.
Hardworking, good-natured and extremely loyal to Kate.
Grayson was born and raised in Northern California, and has an MFA from The Old Globe at the University of San Diego. Credits include Sneaky Pete, Forever, Conviction and the short film The Last Spin.
Grungy lesbian Brooklyn artist with a penchant for adventure.
Born and raised in California, Jennifer has a BA in Theater from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her film and television credits include WGN’s Manhattan, Falling with Paul Sorvino, Yael Stone and Josh Helman, Time with Robert LaSardo, Caitlin FitzGerald’s The Girl With the Jacket, and the crust-punk rockumentary Rihanna Secret Show.
Charming, elusive, Australian; a successful photographer who specializes in female nudes.
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.
Most of us have had the realization that our lives are not exactly what we thought they’d be. Maybe we thought we’d be living somewhere else, dating someone else, doing something else. So we either redefine these aspects of our lives, or we throw them out –– we either sink or we swim. It was going through this period ourselves that made us want to make a film like Kate Can't Swim.
Our story follows Kate, who’s going through a life-evaluation of her own. Her relationship with her best friend isn’t what it used to be, and everything around her seems to be changing. Being on the brink of real adulthood is an experience that’s universal. All of us have felt scared for an unknown future. We’ve all drifted apart from someone we loved and cared about. And as much as it sucks, it’s the grand paradox of change: while we might desperately want change to occur, we also want everything to stay the same. It was this feeling that we wanted to bring to Kate, because we felt it ourselves: that when things aren’t going your way it seems all too easy to just burn everything to the ground.
Due to the nature of the story, we worked hard to make the film feel naturalistic, even voyeuristic at times. Both the performances and the story’s construction were designed to bring the audience as close to the characters as possible. We wanted to create something that as a viewer gradually got under your skin. These characters could be your neighbors, your friends, your spouse. We wanted to make them people you recognize and want to laugh with and be around. Because at the end of the day, everyone’s struggling to connect with something or someone. Everyone’s dealing with the inevitable nature of change. And most of us just want to keep our heads above water.
- Josh Helman + Jennifer Allcott
Josh is the co-owner of Grand Street Films along with Jennifer Allcott. He studied screenwriting at AFTRS and directing at NIDA, and has worked in the industry for close to ten years as an actor for such directors as Tim Van Patten, Jennifer Lynch, Christopher McQuarrie, Bryan Singer, George Miller and David Michôd, as well as innumerable writers that he holds in high esteem. This is his first feature as director.
Jennifer is the co-owner of Grand Street Films along with Josh Helman. She has written and produced a handful of comedic sketches and online shorts (How's Your Father? Comedy, and Buzfeed Video), and also co-wrote, produced and directed Significant Brother, a Grand Street Films short.
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.
Tommy is a Greek-American photographer and cinematographer, who earned his BFA in photography from Pratt Institute. Currently managing partner in award-winning photography and filmmaking team Ungano + Agriodimas focusing on fashion and commercial projects. Previous credits include And After All, and At Home With Mystic.
Tyler Parkford is a composer for television and film as well as a founding member of Mini Mansions (Capitol Records, Fiction, Domino) and Mister Goodnite. Most recently, Tyler has co-written with the likes of Albert Hammond Jr (The Strokes), Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), Lana Del Ray and Mark Ronson, to name a few. He’s also recently toured as a musician in The Last Shadow Puppets (Domino) and Sparks (BMG).
Since graduating from NYU in 2011, Joanna has edited numerous short and feature length films including Five Doctors (Austin Film Festival 2016), Kate Can't Swim (Best Editing, Brooklyn Film Festival 2017), and Chris Gethard: Career Suicide, which was produced by Judd Apatow and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. She is currently the Lead Editor at Senior Post, a boutique post house located in Dumbo where she works with clients including A24, HBO, Vice, Vevo, Refinery 29, Facebook, and Reebok. Her greatest professional goal is to one day work with Roderick Jaynes.
Samuel R. Syrop
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.