Sink or Swim


A promising young athlete, paralyzed in a random diving accident, finds freedom by returning to the water. "Image you cannot move any muscle in your body below your neck ... now put yourself in water. Are you going to drown, or are you going to survive?" - Julie Oka

Directed by : Tyrrell Shaffner


Documentary / Drama / Short Films



Run Time

7 min


United States


Directed by: Tyrrell Shaffner

Produced by: Rob Fried

Executive Producer: Tyrrell Shaffner

Co-Producer: Craig Ginsberg

Co-Producer: Iris Ichishita

Associate Producer: Nare Mkrtchyan

Director of Photography: Michael Totten

Editing by: Mariana Flores

Sound Recording by: Alex Reeves

Sound Design and Mix by: Mariana Flores

: Nicholas Daniel Logie

Additional Editing by: Bridget Palardy

Assistant Editor: Yasmin Assemi

: Nick Birnbaum

Post Production Assistant: Darshan Kembhavi

Archival footage provided by: Lu Tran -

Special Thanks: Amy Blumenthal, Torie Daves, Kent Hayworth, Kaia Hedlund, Ben Henry, Kristin Kulhuman, Donald Leach, Evie Lazzarino, The Oka Family, Ron Orr, Anita Sen, Lauren Schlessinger, Swim with Mike

Special Thanks: The University of Southern California, The USC Marshall School of Business, Arvin Varma