Jacksonville’s Longleaf Studios will host the fifth of a six-film series Thursday, part of a circuit of independent movie screenings throughout the South.

Thursday’s showing, a documentary titled “Swim Team,” follows a group of teen swimmers, all with autism spectrum disorders, as their team strives for state finals and a chance to swim at the Special Olympics.

The film also explores the broader issues about including children with disabilities in community events.

“Children with developmental disabilities are routinely excluded from community activities,” director Lara Stolman was quoted in a release as saying, “often as early as preschool.”

“Being told ‘no’ —  your child can't be in the regular class, your child won’t keep up in Little League, your child isn't going to college — is something families caring for children with disabilities hear,” she said.

The screening is part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, which is sponsored by the Atlanta-based nonprofit South Arts.

The film will be shown at Longleaf Studios’ 7,500-square-foot sound stage at O’Connell Avenue Southwest near the intersection of the Chief Ladiga Trail and Francis Street West.

Stolman will attend the Jacksonville screening and stay for a Q&A session after the film.

Longleaf Studios doors open at 6 p.m., with refreshments served. The screening begins at 7 p.m.

The final film, “Bending the Arc,” will show on April 5. This documentary pays tribute to doctors and activists who started a movement to reduce disparity in health care treatment across the world.

Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy: 256-235-3560. On Twitter @DGaddy_Star.

I'm the assistant metro editor for The Anniston Star. I edit, post online stories and write the occasional story.

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