PARIS IS IN HARLEM, RETROGRADE, SYLVIE OF THE SUNSHINE STATE, and WE ARE LIVING THINGS are making their premieres at Slamdance 2022.
PARIS IS IN HARLEM – Slamdance Breakout (**World Premiere**)
Writer/Director: Christina Kallas
Cast: Vandit Bhatt, Leon Addison Brown, Ellie Foumbi, Laura Pruden, Lauren Sowa
Synopsis: On the eve of New York City’s controversial “No Dancing” Law getting repealed, the lives of several strangers are forever changed by a shooting at a historic jazz bar in Harlem.
RETROGRADE – Slamdance Breakout (**World Premiere**)
Writer/Director: Adrian Murray
Cast: Molly Reisman, Sofia Banzhaf, Bessie Cheng, Meelad Moaphi, Dean Tardioli, Erik Anderson
Synopsis: A minor traffic citation spirals into an all-consuming obsession for a neurotic young woman.
SYLVIE OF THE SUNSHINE STATE – Slamdance Documentary Feature (**World Premiere**)
Director: Sasha Levinson
Featuring: Sylviana Bellanca, Sasha Levinson
Synopsis: Seen through the lens of her filmmaker single mom, second grader Sylvie navigates the absurdities and emotional turbulence of her eccentric, multigenerational Jewish matriarchy, a dad who lives far away, and the shutdown of her grandmother’s nail salon. When Sylvie has an unexpected medical emergency, her dad arrives in Florida and a fragmented family finds themselves once again living under the same roof. What began as an experiment with finding story in everyday life, emerged as a hyper-intimate, therapeutic exploration of single motherhood, daughterhood, and multigenerational feminine trauma which ultimately gives way to healing.
WE ARE LIVING THINGS – Slamdance Breakout (**North American Premiere**)
Director: Antonio Tibaldi
Cast: Jorge Antonio Guerrero, Xingchen Lyu, Zao Wang, O-Lan Jones, Paul Cooper, Manuel René Del Carmen Ordaz
Synopsis: Two immigrants living on the fringes of American society hit the road in search of the truth about a shared UFO abduction.