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."
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
MN PREMIERE AT MSPIFF!
Sat, April 21, 6:45pm and Sun, April 22, 2:15pm
"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!
More updates soon!
Yours in Docs,