Sylvia is an Emmy Award-winning director with extensive credits in theatre, film and television. Over the past twenty years she has filmed on six continents, beginning her career directing theatre. She made her feature directorial debut with the multi award winning and critically acclaimed documentaries Rick Springfield: An Affair of the Heart, and Tanzania: A Journey Within, which also screened at the White House in Tanzania for the President and leaders of the nation. She is currently directing the narrative thriller, Follow Her, starring Luke Cook, Dani Barker and Mark Moses.
For television, Sylvia recently won her second Emmy® Award for producing the travel series Samantha Brown’s Places To Love. Sylvia was also nominated as best director and previously won the Emmy® Award for directing the popular Discovery/Travel Channel program Great Hotels (which she also produced and co-wrote). She earned a fourth Emmy nomination for directing Passport To Europe and produced and directed Passport To Latin America (all hosted by Samantha Brown). She has also produced various programs for TLC, WE, Lifetime & PBS and also directed/produced several web series.
As a producer, Sylvia has been a fixture on the New York independent film scene for the past 20 years. She produced three features, Blue Moon, The Deli and Men Lie for director John Gallagher. Additionally she produced Animal Room, and Mixing Nia. Her production company, DolGer Films, was the U.S. production company for the Harvey Keitel film, Chosen. Sylvia also co-directed the scripted pilot Laying Low. Additional films she produced through DolGer include Aftermath, Love N’ Dancing, Grace, Breaking Point and Dutch Book. Sylvia has worked with talent including Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Peet, Gretchen Mol, Tom Berenger, Busta Rhymes, Chris Penn, Tony Danza, Anthony Michael Hall, Matthew Lillard, Amy Smart, Billy Zane, Ice T, Jerry Stiller, Chris Noth, Sharon Lawrence, Annika Marks and screen legends Betty White, Ben Gazzara & Rita Moreno.
DolGer Films has several projects in the works that Sylvia is attached to direct including Chickadee starring Chris Cooper based on a controversial 1920’s landmark case and Blackout Girl based on the award-winning, critically acclaimed memoir tackling the relevant topics of youth, addiction and sexual violence.
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