December 19, 2020

7:30 pm

SYLVIE'S LOVE and the World of Eugene Ashe


Discussion with writer-director Eugene Ashe

Sat. December 19, 2020 | 7:30 PM PT

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Eugene Ashe’s new romance SYLVIE’S LOVE on Amazon. A limited number of free screener links are available with RSVP.

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About the Film

2020, Amazon Studios, 110 min, USA, Dir: Eugene Ashe

In SYLVIE’S LOVE, the jazz is smooth and the air sultry in the hot New York summer of 1957. Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a saxophonist, spends late nights playing in a jazz quartet behind a less-talented but well-known bandleader. Sylvie (Tessa Thompson), who dreams of a career in television, spends her summer days helping around her father’s record store as she waits for her fiancé to return from war. When Robert takes a part-time job at the record store, the two begin a friendship that sparks a deep passion in each of them unlike anything they have felt before. As the summer winds down, life takes them in different directions, bringing their relationship to an end. Years pass, Sylvie’s career as a TV producer blossoms, while Robert has to come to terms with what the age of Motown is doing to the popularity of Jazz. In a chance meeting, Sylvie and Robert cross paths again, only to find that while their lives have changed, their feelings for each other remain the same. Writer-director Eugene Ashe combines romance and music into a sweeping story that brings together changing times, a changing culture and the true price of love.

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Films that Inspired SYLVIE’S LOVE

In making SYLVIE’S LOVE, writer-director Eugene Ashe drew inspiration from several classic Hollywood romances, melodramas and jazz films from the 1960s-1970s. We invite you to view five of them in advance of the Q&A (all are available to rent or purchase on Amazon). Click here to listen to the writer-director talk about these films in an exclusive YouTube video!

THAT TOUCH OF MINK (1962) – Cary Grant and Doris Day play lovers with differing expectations in this romantic comedy directed by Delbert Mann.

LOVE WITH THE PROPER STRANGER (1963) – An unexpected pregnancy complicates things for Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen in Robert Mulligan’s film, nominated for 5 Oscars.

COME BLOW YOUR HORN (1963) – This Neil Simon adaptation stars Frank Sinatra as a Manhattan playboy who introduces his younger brother (Tony Bill) to the high life.

A MAN CALLED ADAM (1966) – Sammy Davis Jr. delivers a bravura performance as a self-destructive cornetist in this jazz-filled drama from Leo Penn.

SPARKLE (1976) – Three sisters in 1950s Harlem form a singing group, but success threatens to drive them apart. FAME’s Irene Cara plays the title role.

About the Q&A

Online conversation with SYLVIE’S LOVE director Eugene Ashe at 7:30 PM PT on Saturday, December 19th. RSVP here to receive a link to the Zoom discussion. Your Zoom link will be sent earlier on the day of the event.

Moderated by Jim Hemphill.

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Zoom Details

To view the online discussion, you will need to have the Zoom video application installed on your computer beforehand. It can be downloaded at You will receive a Zoom link the day of the online discussion. If you have any issue connecting to our Q&A, please email [email protected] and we will do our best to assist you.

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