Slamdance 2022: PARIS IS IN HARLEM, RETROGRADE & MORE

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Synopsis: On the eve of New York City’s controversial “No Dancing” Law getting repealed, the lives of several strangers are forever changed by a shooting at a historic jazz bar in Harlem.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.

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