The Song of Sway Lake

Ari Gold


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.

Ari Gold

Ari Gold, Elizabeth Bull

Director of Photography
Eric Lin

Film Editing
Todd Holmes, Gabriel Wrye

Michael Bederman, Zak Kilberg, Allison Rose Carter, Ari Gold

Production Companies
Grack Films, Act Zero, Social Construct

Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan, Isabelle McNally, Mary Beth Peil, Elizabeth Peña, Jack Falahee, Brian Dennehy, John Grant, The Staves


Ari Gold
Director's Biography
Ari Gold

Ari Gold is an internationally-acclaimed writer and director, and winner of a student  Оscar. 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 found- ed 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.