A five year old girl living in a Miami trailer park has a mission... to somehow get to the beach and see the ocean for the first time.
Medina, a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, majored in audiovisual communications at the University of Puerto Rico, and later completed his Master of Fine Arts in directing for film at the Savannah College of Art and Design. After a 14-year career as an artist/filmmaker, Medina moved to Miami, where he continues to create and collaborate in the film industry as a writer/director, cinematographer and editor.
Sunnyland won 2022 Best U.S. Narrative at the New York Latino Film Festival.
New York Latino Film Festival
Mill Valley International Film Festival
Miami International Film Festival
Philadelphia International Film Festival
Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
August 25,2023 @ 2pm
Sunnyland a film by Xavi Medina
Sunnyland will have the West Coast Premier at Mill Valley Film Festival 2022 on Oct 10 at 7pm
It’s no easy feat to capture the enigmatic, dreamlike magic of childhood in movie form, but Xavi Medina does just that with his feature debut. The filmmaker wrote, directed, shot, and edited this tale of five-year-old EZ (Isabella Wilkie), who lives in a Miami trailer park and has one simple goal in life: to see the ocean for the first time. Medina’s ambling and contemplative cinema-verité style recalls the hazy, colorful wonderment of Sean Baker’s The Florida Project (MVFF40), accentuated by an incisive undercurrent of poverty and the immigrant experience. In this tender drama’s focus on EZ’s boundless imagination, and in its insightful compassion for inattentive parents simply doing the best they can, Sunnyland brims with its own unique humanity — setting Medina apart as one to watch. —Aurora Amidon
Sunnyland is a beautiful coming of age story that reminds everyone what it was like to be a kid. The wonder and imagination you only possess as a child is reignited and stays with you once viewing. I am beyond grateful to have gotten to know the wonderful crew behind this film and look forward to their future success. - Liv / boredxm