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Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Active Cinema
Running Time:86 min.
Director:Sasha Joseph Neulinger
Producer:Thomas Winston
Cinematographer:Jeff Dougherty
Rick Smith
Editor:Avela Grenier
Print Source:Step 1 Films
Grizzly Creek Films
Note Writer:Alexis Whitman


More than 15 years since Capturing the Friedmans transfixed audiences with its groundbreaking chronicle of childhood sexual assault, Rewind is its natural successor. Sifting through troves of home videos, 30-year-old director Sasha Joseph Neulinger delves into his own victimization and the complex generational trauma wrought upon his family. A director serving as his own subject can cut both ways, but Neulinger threads the needle as both a riveting protagonist and a filmmaker interrogating his interviewees—from those in the justice system to his childhood therapist and parents. But it is the years of archival footage that resonates, as a peppy boy without a care in the world transforms into an angry and isolated youth. The little moments of birthdays and picnics come to feel sinister, as the footage unspools like a haunting mystery. Neulinger’s brave, no-holds-barred feature serves to both educate viewers who might find childhood sexual assault unthinkable and validate the stories of survivors to demonstrate a path of healing.

EXPECTED GUESTS: Director Sasha Joseph Neulinger, Producer/Editor Avela Grenier, Executive Producers Thomas Winston and Cindy Meehl

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Additional Information

Sasha Joseph Neulinger is the co-founder and head of production at Step 1 Films where he produces content for commercial clients nationally. After finishing film school at Montana State University, he discovered the raw materials that would propel him to tell the story of his life. An autobiographical film years in the making, Rewind (2019) is his directorial debut. Sasha lives in Montana where he spends his free moments playing hockey, hiking in the mountains, and cooking.