SILICONE SOUL

When having a relationship with a real human being is too hard, where do you turn? Silicone Soul is a new documentary directed by Melody Gilbert.

And the Award Goes To...

Yes, you read that correctly, the AWARD for BEST EDITING of a Documentary at Covellite International Film Festival went to Silicone Soul. An award that goes to our talented editor, Miles Painter. Our director, Melody Gilbert was there to received it and enjoy the festival.

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A busy FALL schedule

First and foremost, here is a review of Silicone Soul in MODERN TIMES REVIEW that we could only dream of ! The reviewer really captured and gets the intention of our documentary.

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"An exercise in human empathy" and "Instead of characterising these people as weird and deviant (as perhaps many would), the film casts a non-judgmental eye on the lives of people who find it hard to be accepted by others. The result is a glimpse into a hidden world that is vulnerable and all about loneliness as well as the very primal human need to bond with others and to feel loved." - Bianca-Olivia Nita for Modern Times Review

Silicone Soul just screened in Cahul, Moldova at MOLDOX International Film Festival. Director Melody Gilbert and producer Dumitrita Pacicovschi attended the film screening and had a wonderful time! In Moldova, Melody also taught a week-long advanced documentary workshop (Moldox Lab Inspiration Workshop) for emerging filmmakers, along with Gordon Quinn from Kartemquin Films.

Moldova was warm, welcoming and full of sweet grapes and crunchy apples. We had fun hanging around doc hungry Moldovans, international guests and Gordon Quinn (executive producer at Kartemquin Films) who inspired young documentary filmmakers and shared inspiring stories from his 50+ career in documentaries.

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And that's not all! We do have a very busy fall schedule and we hope it will get even more busier as we slowly head towards December. 

SILICONE SOUL is going to:

COVELLITE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL on September 14.

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DOCUWEST on September 22nd

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CHAGRIN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL were Silicone Soul will screen IN COMPETITION on October 5th and 6th

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and BENDFILM FEST has selected Silicone Soul to screen IN COMPETITION too. Catch us there on October 12th and 13th

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We are excited for you to see Silicone Soul and happy to screen at such amazing film festivals! Meanwhile, read here again the Silicone Soul review, in MODERN TIMES REVIEW : CLICK HERE because it’s SO GOOD!

 

Screening in one of the coolest venues - a 100 year old barn

Free Range Film Festival (Wrenshall, MN) is an experience like no other. Every year the festival takes place in a 100 year old red barn and the whole event it's the definition of effortless cool, swag bag with fresh veggies included. Also, lets not forget the sun hat and the "filmmaker's only" lounge in the rafters with couches! Silicone Soul got to screen in the Barn on June 30th and it was wonderful!

See it for yourself:

Bay Area Premiere

What can be better than screening in a beautiful city at a wonderful documentary film festival  and at an iconic theater (Roxie Theater). "Silicone Soul" was invited to screen at the San Francisco Documentary Film Festival on June 9 and 10 and director Melody Gilbert was there to represent the film. We thank everyone who came to the screening.

Catch us next at the Free Range Film Festival (MN) on June 30. The festival takes places in a very unusual location. More details and pics soon!

Packing our bags... again

Good news! San Fransciscans we are coming your way this June!
SILICONE SOUL will screen at the San Francisco Documentary Film Festival on 

JUNE 9 - 7:15PM - ROXIE THEATER
JUNE 10 - 12:15PM - NEW PEOPLE CINEMA

Our director Melody Gilbert will be there to present the film.

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Also, just before SFDocfest, SILICONE SOUL will screen at DULUTH SUPERIOR FILM FESTIVAL
on JUNE 2 - 7PM - ZINEMA 2  and our director will be in attendance. The screening is free of charge, as are all the screening at the DSFF, so take adavatage of  a wonderful selection of fiction and ddocumentary films. See you there in June!

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BEST OF FEST at MSPIFF and SOLD OUT screenings

The two SILICONE SOUL screenings (April 21, April 22) at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival have been extra special because most of the team members (Miles Painter- editor, Charlie McCarron - composer, Jesse Marks - sound mix, Beth Peloff & John Akre - animation) that worked on the documentary live there including our director, Melody Gilbert. Even our cinematographer, Igor Myakotin, who is based in NYC flew in for the screenings. The spirits were high, the screenings SOLD out, the Q&A's were fantastic, the audience receptive and open minded, director Melody Gilbert gave a TV interview for KARE 11   (see it bellow) and we were included in the BEST OF FEST list, getting the chance to screen SILICONE SOUL one more time (May 2). In short, we had the greatest time! 

 

 

 

Silicone Soul is on a roll!

Let me do a recap of all things 'Silicone Soul' that happened this March!
BUT FIRST… THIS MAKES US HAPPY (from a film festival catalog):

"Silicone Soul does not allow for its subjects to be easily labeled or judged. Instead, the film is a collection of resoundingly human stories that reflect universal themes-the desire for love, compassion and communication."

More below:

Minneapolis St.Paul International Film Festival catalogue

WORLD PREMIERE: We love the Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival where we received two full house screenings and fabulous (long & thoughtful) Q & A's! I barely made the screening, arriving in Greece with one hour to spare before the world premiere (you can read my husband's blog post about my 40-hour (!) journey here), so it was an extra special thrill to be there! It was a dream come true. 

World Premiere at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival

A couple of my former students from AUBG (American University in Bulgaria) made the trek to Greece for the opening night, which made the premiere even more special!  Thanks Didi and Flori! 

 Me (dir. Silicone Soul), Dumi (producer), Didi and Flori

Me (dir. Silicone Soul), Dumi (producer), Didi and Flori

We also got a couple of nice interviews while we were there. This is my favorite. Can't understand Greek? That's okay! This interview with me in English! Link here (my interview starts at 12:53)  

In addition to screenings, we also had lots of industry meetings, went to pitch sessions and connected with filmmakers from around the world. Thessaloniki was the best possible festival to begin the process of sending Silicone Soul out into the world! 

NEXT STOP: Sofia, Bulgaria for the Sofia International Film Festival where we saw lots of friends AND we got lots of press!  
 

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Interview with Bulgaria on Air TV

These stories are in Bulgarian, but fun to watch anyway! My favorite was this TV news story on BNT (Bulgarian National Television), where the I told the skeptical reporter about the Hollywood movie "Lars and the Real Girl" (which she had never heard of) and she used it in her story to report that Silicone Soul is like the real "Lars and the Real Girl." Watch here

RADIO SOFIA (in English with me on Facebook live). Watch here  
Bulgaria On Air TV (Bulgarian only). Watch here.
Bulgarian National Radio , Hristo Botev program (Bulgarian and English). Listen here.

I was also on the documentary jury which meant I had to go to lots of screenings other than my own, which was exhausting but fun.  Not complaining! 

Overall, there was lots of interest in the film and some great discussions and gatherings.

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 Melody and Dumi (producer)

Melody and Dumi (producer)

Special thanks to producer Dumitrita Pacicovschi for always being by my side!

COMING UP IN APRIL: 

AMDOCS (American Documentary Film Festival) and MSPIFF. 
AMDOCS in Palm Springs, CA Screening on Saturday, April 7 at 9pm Ticket info here.

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MN PREMIERE AT MSPIFF! 
Sat, April 21, 6:45pm  and Sun, April 22, 2:15pm

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Here is what MSPIFF says about SILICONE SOUL in the catalog (we are very happy about this!): 

"Gilbert ventures beyond the surface to engage with each individual and explore what inspired the specific bond each share with a companion." Yay! They "get" it!  So happy. For tickets + read the rest of the synopsis, go here .
Minnesota friends: These screenings will likely sell out before the festival, so don't wait to get your tickets!

More screenings coming up in Duluth, San Francisco and and more- will announce soon!

To follow the progress of the film, please follow and like us on FB, Twitter and IG and of course we are always posting updates and pics on the website, too. 

More updates soon!

Yours in Docs, 

Melody 

 

US Screenings!

We are pleased to announce that 'Silicone Soul' will have it's US premiere at American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs on Saturday, April 7, 7:30pm at the Camelot Theaters, Theater 2. Director Melody Gilbert will be attending the festival and will be there, ready to answer all your questions about the documentary.

Also, on April 21 (6:45pm) and April 22 (2:15pm) 'Silicone Soul' will screen at Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. If you are around the area, buy a ticket and come to one of the screenings, it will be great fun!

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Sofia International Film Festival

After an amazing World Premiere at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, we jumped over to the neighboring Bulgaria and screened 'Silicone Soul' at the Sofia International Film Festival. Other very stimulating and fascinating Q&A's happened with director Melody Gilbert and producer Dumitrita Pacicovschi in attendance. It's truly great to see how our documentary makes people stop and think about the future of human relationships, love,  the emotional attachments we have with our electronic devices etc. The discussions after the film have been enlightening and the audience very receptive and surprised by the feelings our documentary brought out.

Want to find out more? Here are some interviews director Melody Gilbert did while at Sofia International Film Festival.

BNR - Bulgarian National Radio - Radio Sofia

Read the article on BNR- Bulgarian National Radio - Radio Sofia ( Bulgarian only)


BNT - Bulgarian National TV (Bulgarian only)


Bulgaria on Air TV (Bulgarian Only)


BNR (Bulgarian National Radio) - Hristo Botev Program (BG and ENG)


Sofia International Film Festival (March 09, 2018 - photos)

Специална прожекция на документалния филм  "Силиконова душа" на Мелъди Гилбърт (BG)
Special screening of 'Silicone Soul' documentary film by Melody Gilbert (ENG)

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WORLD PREMIERE at Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival

We had a fantastic World Premiere at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (TDF) with sold out screenings, media coverage, and two amazing Q&As! It filled our hearts with joy and pride that the audience understood the intricacies of our film.

Thank you TDF for inviting us to premiere in Thessaloniki!


 Melody's Official Portrait at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2018

Melody's Official Portrait at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2018


Official Photos: Silicone Soul World Premiere at Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - director Melody Gilbert, producer Dumitrita Pacicovschi, and Dimitris Kerkinos, Head of Documentary Program. (Photo Credit: Motion Team, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival).

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Small "Silicone Soul" review from Athinorama.gr (Click on the button).

TV100 Interview with director
Melody Gilbert starts at 12:52

Final touches!

Over this weekend we are working hard to put the final touches on Silicone Soul Documentary . Our premiere at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival is very soon, beginning of March to be exact!

A big thank you goes to channel z editing for making the post-production process so awesome! We can't wait for you to see Silicone Soul!

World Premiere at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival!

We are very excited to announce that Silicone Soul has been invited to premiere at Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in Greece! The screening will be on the opening weekend of the festival on March 3rd or 4th (more info soon). We are thrilled to be able to share this doc with an international audience at such an amazing festival. Director Melody Gilbert will be there during the premiere.

A huge thank you goes to the amazing Silicone Soul backers, supporters, production team and everyone who rooted and still does for our documentary!

More new about screenings and regional premieres very soon! Follow us on FB, IG and Twitter for more info and pics.

See you in Thessaloniki?! 

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REACTIONS: Latest rough cut screening!

Our latest rough cut screening has been a success and we received a lot of positive feedback from our viewers. WATCH this short (:30 secs)  video of reactions to a recent rough cut screening and then read some more of the feedback  down below:

This is a very, very, very thought-provoking film.”

“I couldn’t imagine how you could possibly make me care about these people. And you did.”

“You could have so easily mocked, but you chose to tell their story with compassion.”

”I thought this movie was going to be about sex dolls, but it’s actually about relationships and where we are as humans today. Thank you for this film that will have me thinking about this subject for days.”

“All of the characters are extremely interesting.”

“The way you get these folks to open up and show their genuine love for their synthetic partners was awesome.
— Feedback from viewers

107% FULLY FUNDED!

On Sunday, Dec 3 our Kickstarter campaign came to an end and with the incredible generosity of 129 backers, we managed to raise $12,411 in just 19 days. A massive THANK YOU to all of you! THANK YOU for believing in Silicone Soul and in the message it wants to transmit. Our journey has only just begun and we hope you will stay with us every step of the way!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news and updates! 

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WE DID IT! Goal reached!

THANK YOU to each and every one of you beautiful people who contributed to the campaign to help us finish Silicone Soul (see list below)!  Today (Nov 29, 2017) we reached 100% of our goal, so we get to keep all the funds raised. Whew! I'm grateful and humbled for your support, especially during Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday (what was I thinking?) --you were still there for me and I appreciate it so much!

We still have three days left in the campaign, and we will continue to accept donations, especially to support the animators who have been working more than we expected. If you know anyone who would like to contribute, send them here: bit.ly/silicone-soul-doc. There's still time to get in the credits or become an Executive Producer :).

Yours in Docs,  Melody

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