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The Song of Sway Lake

Directed by Ari Gold
Narrative Feature

USA | 99 min | 2017

“The Song of Sway Lake” is a lush romantic drama about the vanished grace of America, and the spell cast by the melodies of the dead.

It’s summer on Sway Lake, the most glamorous lake in the Adirondacks – former playground of the jazz-age New York aristocracy. Music collector Ollie Sway recruits his only friend, a rowdy Russian drifter, to help him steal a 78 record from his own family’s estate. Ollie believes that this mysterious piece of music – recorded at his grandparents’ wedding by Cole Porter’s lover – was hidden for him by his father before his suicide. He believes possessing the record will change his life.

The boys’ mission should be as easy as meeting a pretty girl on the water, but the arrival of the beguiling matriarch herself, Charlie Sway, changes everything. For Charlie has her own plans. And this song that hasn’t been heard in half a century may possess the answer to the deepest riddles about love and death – for whichever of these three lost souls will be the first to find it.

Eric Gold, The Song of Sway LakeAri Gold

Ari Gold is an internationally-acclaimed writer/director, and winner of a student Oscar. He directed the cult comedy “Adventures of Power”and dozens of award-winning shorts and videos that have played festivals from Sundance to Karlovy-Vary to Bangkok.

He is currently directing an expansion of his student-Oscar winning “Helicopter” under the command of Alejandro Jodorowsky. He also founded Power Saves the Music, which provides free music education for disadvantaged children. As an actor, he has appeared in films such as “Another Earth” and his music has been featured in numerous films. He is also in the Guinness Book of World Records for air-drumming.

Song of Sway Lake Movie Poster

Film Information

Director: Ari Gold
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Language: English
Runtime: 100 min
Rated: R


Producers: Michael Bederman, Zak Kilberg, Allison Rose Carterak, Ari Gold
Cowriter: Elizabeth Bull
Cinematographer: Eric Lin
Music: Ethan Gold
Web/social: Ari Gold

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Composer: EthanGold

Principal Cast

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