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Life in Synchro:Ocean City Maryland Film Festival

Life in Synchro at OCFF

Life in Synchro

Features more than Skaters; Features Togetherness

Synchronized ice skating is a cold and unforgiving world, but to the women and girls who find family here, it’s home. Beauty, brutality, grace and guts; the ice reveals all in this largely overlooked, but electrifying sport. Journey alongside incredible women around the country as they push their teams and themselves beyond the routine and up towards greatness. The stars of today, the newcomers, the passionate amateurs and the founders of the sport all have something to prove. They’re chasing Olympic dreams not just for themselves, but for their beloved sport. Together these skaters are out to prove the staying power of synchro.
I’m originally from Miami, FL and not an athlete, and I did not have any interest in anything cold and especially ice skating. But that all changed when I first saw synchro. Once I saw it, I needed to know more.

Life in SynchroAbout the Director: Angela Pinaglia

Pinaglia says she was always interested in filmmaking as a young person but didn’t quite know how to break into that world. At age 31, she decided to change careers and left Miami for Washington, DC to study film at American University. That’s where Angela met Nicole Davies, the producer of the film and a synchronized skater, who eventually introduced Pinaglia to the sport. Pinaglia has an MFA in Film and Electronic Media from AU. Life in Synchro her first feature documentary. 

Pinaglia Career Change Led to Life in Synchro

Angela Pinaglia’ s Life in Synchro is a documentary that is little less than an hour. By Pinaglia’s own account, she says she is least likely person to have directed a documentary about synchronized skating. “I’m originally from Miami, FL and not an athlete, and I did not have any interest in anything cold and especially ice skating. But that all changed when I first saw synchro. Once I saw it, I needed to know more.”

Empowered, Confident Women

Pinaglia recounts,” There was something different and enthralling about watching girls and women of all ages fly across the ice in synchronicity. Everywhere I looked, I saw empowered and confident women helping each other and performing these amazing feats. That was nearly three years ago and Life in Synchro is a record of what I witnessed and learned about the sport during that period.”

Official Selection at:

  • San Luis Obispo International Film Festival 2020
  • Oxford FilmFestival 2020
  • DC Independent Film Festival 2020
  • Women’s Film Festival 2020
Life in Synchro Ocean City Maryland

Ocean City Film Festival Screening: Life in Synchro

Life in Synchro will be screened at the Ocean City Film Festival at the following locations:

Flagship Cinemas – Thursday, March 5 at 3:30pm

Carousel Hotel – Friday, March 6 at 8:00pm

See Film_Festival_Program_2020 for full schedule.


Jessica Bauer
Jessica Bauer
Jessica is a creative through and through. She loves creating from sun up to sun down. She is an artist, a friend, a mom, a wife, and whatever other hat she might wear in a day. You might find Jessica with a camera or sketch pad in the local area, but you might find her far and away as she loves to travel. If you see her say, hi and give her dog/baby, Joey a hello too since they usually travel together!

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