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.

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Silicone Soul going to North Dakota

We’ve received wonderful news! Silicone Soul is an Official Selection for the 2019 Fargo Film Festival, and was voted as an Honorable Mention in the Documentary Feature Category !

“The jury loved the respectful approach to this community and your thoughtful editing and presentation.” - Kendra O'Brien 2019 Doc Feature Jury Chair

The festival is taking place at the end of March. We’ll keep you update with the exact screening date.

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Magical screening at DOC NYC

We were thrilled to be part of this year’s program at DOC NYC and our screening on November 10 (IFC Center) was as magical as we thought it would be. Take a look at some of the photos from that evening.

From left to right: Igor Myakotin (cinematographer), Dumitrita Pacicovschi (producer), Basil Tsiokos (DOC NYC Director of Programming, Melody Gilbert (director), Danielle Knafo (consulting producer), Joy Tomchin (producer), the artist who makes reborn dolls with her daughter and three reborn babies. Photo by Allison Stock - DOC NYC

From left to right: Igor Myakotin (cinematographer), Dumitrita Pacicovschi (producer), Basil Tsiokos (DOC NYC Director of Programming, Melody Gilbert (director), Danielle Knafo (consulting producer), Joy Tomchin (producer), the artist who makes reborn dolls with her daughter and three reborn babies. Photo by Allison Stock - DOC NYC

Photos by Igor Myakotin, Melody Gilbert and Allison Stock (DOC NYC staff photographer)

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.

Here are some pictures:

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!

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! 

 

 

 

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.

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


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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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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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