Kim Swims


Sequoia 2 Sat, Oct 7, 2017 1:00 PM
Rafael 1 Fri, Oct 13, 2017 10:00 AM
Rafael 1 Sat, Oct 14, 2017 1:15 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:76 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:Kate Webber
Producer:David Orr
Kate Webber
Cinematographer:David Orr
Editor:Chad Herschberger
Note Writer:Jennie-Marie Adler


What some people might find terrifying or crazy, New Zealand open-water swimmer Kim Chambers finds electric and pure. Relatively new to marathon swimming, Kim is determined to cross the treacherous 30 miles from the shark-infested Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge in the frigid San Francisco Bay. Kim Swims depicts her journey across the water and the months leading up to one of the most challenging swims in the world. Only four men have made the journey and Kim, for very personal reasons, wants to be the first woman. Directed by Kate Webber with intimacy and spirit, this documentary explores the limits of our bodies and why we push ourselves to reach beyond them. As Kim’s story unfolds before our eyes, her self-awareness draws us close and we cannot help but cheer her on as, stroke by stroke, she powers toward her story’s suspenseful conclusion.

*Oct 13 screening is a CFI Education screening open to school groups and general public.

Sponsored by

In association with Night Train Swimmers.

Additional Information

Kate Webber is an award-winning still photographer who has worked internationally for over a decade. Her photos have been widely published, and her first short film, The Larger Net, premiered at DOC NYC in 2016 and is currently screening at festivals across the country. As a fine art photographer, she produced a series of portraits of people in the water under the tutelage of renowned documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark. A former competitive pool swimmer and now an avid open-water swimmer, Kate lives and works in San Francisco. Kim Swims is her first feature documentary.