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Silicone Soul

Celebrating Women in Film | BIFF 2019Directed by Melody Gilbert
Documentary Feature
U.S.A. | 71 min | 2018

When having a relationship with a real human being is too hard, where do you turn?

Silicone Soul explores the emotional connection some people have to their synthetic companions and what that means for the future of human relationships. Ultimately, this is a film about love, loneliness, secrets and, perhaps, acceptance. Who are we to judge who…or what…people choose to love?

The bonds shown are diverse and layered: from romantic relationships, to friendships, to a recreation of the love between mother and child. 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.

Melody Gilbert, DirectorMelody Gilbert

Melody Gilbert has directed, filmed, and produced seven feature-length documentaries since 2002. Her film topics range from children who can’t feel pain ( to people who want to become an amputee ( to the former vice president of the United States ( All of her documentaries have screened at prestigious film festivals and been picked up for international distribution for broadcast TV and VOD (iTunes and Netflix).

Most recently, she has been the producer of James Beard award winner The Starfish Throwers (2014) (premiered at Thessaloniki), and producer/writer of Women Outward Bound (2015), and executive producer for American Heart (2016/PBS). Her recent film, The Summer Help (2016) (, was picked up by APT (American Public Television) for distribution.

Her new film, Silicone Soul, premiered in 2018 at the Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival in Greece.

Silicone Soul Movie Poster | Melody Gilbert, director

Film Information

Directors: Melody Gilbert
Country: U.S.A.
Year: 2018
Language: English
Runtime: 71 min.
Rated: R


Producers: Melody Gilbert, Dumitrita Pacicovschi, Joy Tomchin
Writer: Melody Gilbert
Editor: Miles Painter
Composer: Charlie McCarron


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