Documentary Short Film / In Post-Production
Narrative Feature Film / In Development
Role: Director + Producer + Writer
Status: In Development
Description: Bell’s Angels is the untold story of Coach Franke Ann Bell, a woman who defied all odds to become one of the most famous swim coaches you’ve never heard of.
“If you know your swim history, you know Franke Bell,” says two-time Olympic Gold medalist and former Bell swimmer, Melvin Stewart. Bell’s Angels is the untold story of Coach Franke Ann Bell, an unsung hero in the sport of swimming. In a field run by the ‘good ol’ boys,’ Franke was one of the only female coaches on deck throughout the 1960s. She defied all norms, becoming one of the most innovative and influential swim coaches of the 20th century. Franke had a talent for turning swimming novices into champions.
Now at 85-years-old, Franke’s greatest adversary isn’t gender inequality or lack of resources, it’s living with post-polio and an auto-immune disease. With 60 years of coaching under her belt, Franke refuses to throw in the towel. It is her relentless drive that ultimately leads her to be the first female inducted into the International Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015.