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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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!

 

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!  
 

Interview with Bulgaria on Air TV

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 

 

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).

More photos: 


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

TV100 Interview with director
Melody Gilbert starts at 12:52