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Streaming January 23-26, 2022 Digital Screening Room

USA | 93 minutes | 2021

Sylvie of the Sunshine State

World Premiere

South Florida filmmaker Sasha Levinson aims the lens at her eccentric multigenerational Jewish family in an unconventional hybrid documentary offering a startlingly honest glimpse into modern motherhood that will make parents everywhere feel a little less crazy and a lot less alone. For Sasha, the act of filmmaking is a way of life, a creative outlet, and a salve for the wounds of her past. So when the external world was turning to chaos in the early stages of the COVID-19 health crisis, she decided to make a film with her daughter in an attempt to stay sane. Sylvie of the Sunshine State began as a filmmaker's experiment with the life narrative but what emerged is a therapeutic exploration of single motherhood, distance co-parenting, and multigenerational feminine trauma which ultimately gives way to healing. During the greatest mental health crisis of our time, this film provides a shockingly honest look at parenting, with the intention of helping families everywhere find peace within the knowledge that we are all gloriously imperfect.

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Sasha Levinson and moderator Nancy Zaretsky, Inclusion Specialist at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. To view the conversation please click here.

Director's Bio

Directed by Sasha Levinson

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Sasha Levinson is an award-winning writer/director who has worked with Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Mary J Blige, 50 Cent, and the Dalai Lama, and has shot major campaigns for Google, Microsoft, Starbucks, and the City of Las Vegas. Her work has also been nominated for MTV and AICP Next Awards.

Cast and Credits


Sasha Levinson


Sasha Levinson, Jonathan Sanford


Sasha Levinson


Chris Brown


Sylvie Bellanca, Sasha Levinson, Todd Bellanca

Film Info






93 minutes


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