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a film by Charlotte Lagarde

A Beautifully Intelligent and Poignant Film

San Jose Mercury News

A Sensitive and Artful inspection of people who surf.

The Surfer’s Journal



Swell, as its name implies, builds and crashes, moving us to ride out the emotional wave of the filmmaker’s vision triumphantly.

Women of Vision Journal





Swell is a documentary shot in Santa Cruz, California. Featured are women longboard surfers whose ages span four generations. It is a portrait of a community which shares their best waves, embraces new comers as well as old timers and comes together in a beautiful memorial, to show respect to the one they lost in the water, surfing. Swell is setting the record straight by revealing that women do surf and do it well!



Gold Apple Award, National Educational Media Network

Isabella Liddell Art Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival

Best Representation of Women Award, Humboldt Film Festival

Two Stars, Canadian International Film and Video Festival

Honorable Mention, Marin County Film Festival




a film by Charlotte Lagarde

23 min. documentary – 16mm – 1996

Broadcast on Public Television



Director, producer, editor: Charlotte Lagarde

Camera: Kim Roberts, Charlotte Lagarde, Lisa Denker

Sound: Goro Toshima, Bob Edwards

Music: Vince Wallace

Archival Footage: Bud Browne









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