Swim Lessons

The Nick Irons Story


In the summer of 1997, Nick Irons swam the length of the Mississippi River as a fundraiser to benefit his father and all those who suffer from multiple sclerosis.

This 40-minute short documentary uses contemporary interviews, family home movies, news footage, photos, the actual river charts they used, journals, and other archival material to tell Nick and his family’s amazing, inspirational, and heartwarming story.  The Baltimore Sun called it “intimate, funny.”

The film premiered at the 2008 Rhode Island International Film Festival, where it won a Best Short Documentary award.  It was also an official selection at the 2009 Louisville International Festival of Film and the 2009 Baltimore Women’s Film Festival, where it won two second-place awards. 

It is currently under exclusive US TV broadcast license to Participant Media’s Pivot TV.  Visit the official website.

Produced and Directed by Alex Houston

Produced by Kendra Gahagan

Original score by Haik Naltchayan

Featuring music by Sugar Jones and Uncle Mountain

BetaSP, DVCPro, miniDV, Hi-8, still photos, graphics, and animation

Edited on Avid with After Effects compositing


“He swam for more than a cure.  He swam for his dad.”

Theatrical Trailer