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Haunts of the Black Masseur

 
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By arrangement with Edgeland Films and Peabody Award winning filmmaker Jeff McKay, ISHOF has secured the exclusive distribution rights for the hour-long documentary “Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero.” A beautifully shot film of submersive passion; from the ancient Greeks to the great heroic swimmers of the 20th and 21st centuries, water has inspired a devotion beyond athletics, a virtual cult of immersion. This film takes its inspiration from Charles Sprawson’s landmark book, “Haunts of the Black Masseur – the Swimmer as Hero,” published in English, Italian and German. Sprawson swims in waters around the world to uncover the secret lore of swimmers past and present. This invigorating excursion affords a fabulous dip with the likes of Poe, Byron, Virginia Woolf, Duke Kahanamoku, Peter DesJardins, Esther Williams and Johnny Weissmuller. Taking in swimming's history and enthusiasts, its literature and fads, along with the author's own immersions in waters from Turkey to Key West, this film is enchanting and an aquatic triumph.


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