Thanks to a grant from Queen Latifa’s Queen Collective, two swimmers are participating in a documentary film profiling their passion of swimming as girls who didn’t let barriers to swimming stop them from seeking their sports dreams.
Team Dream is a Chicago-based organization that provides training to women of color in swimming, cycling and triathlon. The short documentary film will be titled TEAM DREAM and will introduce close friends Ann Smith and Madeline Murphy Rabb in their final days of preparation to travel to Florida to compete in the 2022 National Senior Games. As they train, we learn about their lives growing up amid discrimination, segregation and stigma on their way to becoming firsts in their adopted hometown of Chicago. Their coach Derrick Milligan also traveled with them to Fort Lauderdale to carry them through the competition.
Grant recipient filmmaker Luchina Fisher is supported by a professional production crew and was happy with the way the “shoot” went at the aquatics complex. The grant is from Queen Collective, led by Queen Latifah and sponsors offering an immersive film mentoring and development program for female directors of color working in entertainment and advertising. The successful collaboration is in its fourth year.
“National Senior Games was indeed fortunate to have a project featuring our athletes,” notes NSGA Director of Health & Wellness Andrew Walker. “These ladies have been ambassadors for NSGA and I was pleased to help facilitate making this a reality.”
Watch our monthly free e-newsletter The Long Run for updates when the documentary is available streaming or online.