swimming with lesbians

Swimming with Lesbians

Gays have a past but no history.

How do we create a history from a past that was hidden? Swimming with Lesbians dives into the darkest depths to find the answer. The film looks at an upstate New York community’s efforts to create an LBGT historic archive. Extraordinary lesbian activist Madeline Davis uncovers the lives and histories collected for this archive—some sad, some quirky, some tender—and all richly imagined through the Blue Sky lens. The film share’s Davis’s mission to create a lasting legacy for the LBGT community: “We are ephemeral. This is for the ages.”


  • PBS, 2011





  • Rhode Island International Film Festival 2009
  • Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2009
  • ImageOut Rochester 2009
  • Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2009
  • Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival 2009
  • Northwest Film Forum 2009
  • MSU Film Festival 2009
  • Q Film Festival 2010
  • Swansea Bay Film Festival 2010
  • NewFest NYC LGBT Film Festival 2010
  • Outfest Philadelphia LGBT Film Festival 2010
  • FrameLine San Francisco LGBT Film Festival 2010
  • Queeries Grand Rapids 2011
  • International Film Festival in Human Rights 2011



  • Emmy nomination for Editing 2011
  • ImageOut,
    E. Knight Award 2009