The Lifeguard

A Feature Film by Liz W. Garcia

Leigh, a whip-smart former valedictorian on the verge of 30, is living a seemingly perfect life in New York. When her work aspirations and love life suddenly come crashing down, she hightails it back to the cocoon of the Connecticut suburb where she grew up. Picking up right where her teen halcyon days left off, she moves into her old room with her parents, reunites with her bosom buddies who never left town, and steps back into her high school job as a condo-complex lifeguard. As she takes a transgressive journey back to adolescence, including entering into a forbidden affair, Leigh’s bold flirtation with disaster triggers a ripple effect all around her.

Wry, sexy, entertaining, and bittersweet, The Lifeguard revels in the fantasy of reverting to a responsibility-free time and cleverly coaxes its characters into the realization that safety can sometimes be a trap. With her witty, emotionally persuasive script, first-time director Liz Garcia invents a delectable coming-of-age story for our times.

About Liz W. Garcia

This is Liz W. Garcia’s directorial debut. She is a veteran TV writer, producer and showrunner, with major credits on hit shows including Dawson’s Creek, Cold Case, and Memphis Beat.  Liz is married to actor Joshua Harto, who plays the role of John, and they produced the film together.






The Lifeguard - posterCast: Kristen Bell, Martin Starr, Mamie Gummer, Alex, Shaffer, Joshua Harto, Amy Madigan

Director:  Liz W. Garcia

Producers:  Milan Chakraborty, Liz W. Garcia, Joshua Harto, Mike Landry, and Carlos Velazquez.

Distributor: Focus World & Screen Media Films

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The Lifeguard was an Official Selection of Sundance for their 2013 US Features competition. Read about it on The Hollywood Reporter and the  Sundance’s press release.

The Lifeguard enjoyed a great national theatrical release, and is now available on VOD and via Digital Download.