Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A feature film about an ordinary gorilla just trying to live a simple life.
A feature film about an ordinary gorilla just trying to live a simple life.
538 backers pledged $52,138 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Sylvio - The Movie project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$52,138

538

SYLVIO is an independent feature film shooting in January of 2016

It's the story of a small town gorilla, Sylvio, who is stuck in his job at a debt collection agency. Deep down he just wants to express himself with his hand puppet, Herbet Herpels, and his experimental puppet show that highlights the quiet moments of life. He accidentally joins a local TV program and a series of on-air mishaps threaten to shatter his identity, sending him on an adventure of self-discovery where reality and fantasy start to blend.

Think WAYNE'S WORLD but with a gorilla, then add an extra scoop of visual inventiveness and imagination.

Ice Cream Infinity, acrylic on canvas, 2014
Ice Cream Infinity, acrylic on canvas, 2014
The project is a collaboration between Albert Birney (THE BEAST PAGEANT), Kentucker Audley (actor, QUEEN OF EARTH, THE SACRAMENT), Meghan Doherty (author, HOW NOT TO BE A DICK), and Josh Polon (producer, ANIMALS., MANSON FAMILY VACATION): four artists with experience making low-budget movies that play at top festivals, in theaters, and online.


Still from STOMACH VIRUS, 2 mins, 2014
Still from STOMACH VIRUS, 2 mins, 2014

We are a micro-budget film, which basically means that we're making this movie as cheaply as possible. A guerrilla gorilla film, if you will. But some costs are hard to avoid. We need money for basic film costs, such as camera rentals, lighting equipment, flights for crew, post-production, and basic human needs, such as food and water.

This is our passion project. We truly can't do this without you. So, please scroll down to read more about us, and if you can donate or even just share our link with friends, we'll be forever grateful. Thanks!

Writer / Co-Director
Writer / Co-Director

Albert is an award winning independent filmmaker. His short films and music videos have screened worldwide. Albert’s first feature film, THE BEAST PAGEANT, premiered at the 2011 Slamdance Film Festival and went on to play at the Lund Fantastic Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival and Boston Underground Film Festival. Albert created Sylvio in 2013.

Writer / Co-Director / Lead Actor (AL REYNOLDS)
Writer / Co-Director / Lead Actor (AL REYNOLDS)

“One of American independent cinema’s most vital figures,” says Paste Magazine. He stars in Alex Ross Perry's QUEEN OF EARTH, Amy Seimetz’ SUN DON’T SHINE, Ti West’s THE SACRAMENT, and Dustin Guy Defa’s BAD FEVER. LA Weekly calls him “maybe the most fascinating actor in current American penny-budgeted cinema.” He’s directed films such as OPEN FIVE, called “One of the Top 25 Films of 2010” by The New Yorker.

Producer / Supporting Actor (MILLIE)
Producer / Supporting Actor (MILLIE)

Meghan is an author, videographer, and music video director. Her book “How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide” is an IPPY Gold Humor Award recipient. Her video work has appeared in Brooklyn galleries, Warehouse and Shoestring Press. 

Producer
Producer

Josh has produced with the Duplass Brothers since 2009. Most recently he produced ANIMALS. which premiered at Sundance 2015 and sold for two seasons to HBO, and MANSON FAMILY VACATION which premiered at SXSW 2015 and sold to Netflix. He also produced Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims’ ONLY THE YOUNG, which won awards at AFI Fest and Cinema Eye Honors and played on PBS’ POV. As director, Josh’s documentary work has screened at SXSW, True/False, Hot Docs and DOC NYC, and been featured by Vimeo Staff Picks and Dazed & Confused Magazine.

Actor (UNCLE OTIS)
Actor (UNCLE OTIS)

For the past 33 years, Nicholas Gurewitch has been recovering from a terrible accident in which he was separated from his mother's body by a pair of scissors. He is the recipient of the Ignatz, Harvey, and Eisner awards for his comic strip, The Perry Bible Fellowship.

Sylvio sails the sunset
Sylvio sails the sunset
Just a few of the many rewards we're offering!
Just a few of the many rewards we're offering!

Now we’d like you to meet Herbert Herpels...

He is Sylvio’s hand puppet who loves the simple things in life like painting & writing haikus. Since Sylvio can’t speak, he sometimes expresses himself through Herbert.

Herbert realizes he's out of laundry detergent
Herbert realizes he's out of laundry detergent

 Also, say hi to Sylvio’s hero, Uncle Otis...

Nicholas Gurewitch as Uncle Otis
Nicholas Gurewitch as Uncle Otis
He’s the host of Sylvio’s favorite puppet show called Uncle Otis and the Butterfly Babies. 

THERE’S PLENTY MORE… BUT WE CAN’T TELL YOU EVERYTHING NOW… It’ll all make sense when you see the finished movie!

From the bottom of our hearts, we appreciate any support helping us bring Sylvio’s unique story to the screen.

He’s a gorilla but he’s really just like you and me. His story is a universal tale of an outsider who has a hard time expressing himself. He's misunderstood and that gets him into trouble. But with the help of some new friends he might just find his own special place in the universe.

Join the team!

With your help, the sky's the limit!
With your help, the sky's the limit!

 *Sylvio bubble gum gif by Tom DesLongchamp 

Simply Sylvio

Risks and challenges

Filmmaking, like most things in life, brings many surprises and challenges but we've put together a great team so we can efficiently and creatively tackle these issues as they arise. Collectively we have much experience making independent films at different budget levels. We're so excited to make this film and can't wait to share the entire process with you through updates and behind the scene pictures and videos.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Every bit counts! Sylvio will hum a tune to himself, while making soup, in your honor.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    12 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $2 or more About $2.00

    Sylvio will visit you in a dream and give you something you thought you lost long ago.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Sylvio will raise his hairy gorilla hand into the night sky and thank the universe that you exist.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    23 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    A personalized POSTCARD sent from Sylvio just to you!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    56 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    An HD DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the feature film SYLVIO (upon release) + a THANK YOU in the film credits + a personalized POSTCARD sent from Sylvio just to you!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    212 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    A Sylvio T-SHIRT + an HD DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the feature film SYLVIO (upon release) + a THANK YOU in the film credits + a personalized POSTCARD sent from Sylvio just to you!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    117 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    A lock of SYLVIO'S HAIR + a Sylvio T-SHIRT + an HD DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the feature film SYLVIO (upon release) + a THANK YOU in the film credits + a personalized POSTCARD sent from Sylvio just to you!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Sylvio will draw a PICTURE OF YOU with his markers + a lock of SYLVIO'S HAIR + a Sylvio T-SHIRT + an HD DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the feature film SYLVIO (upon release) + a THANK YOU in the film credits + a personalized POSTCARD sent from Sylvio just to you!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    41 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    A signed POSTER + Sylvio will draw a PICTURE OF YOU with his markers + a lock of SYLVIO'S HAIR + a Sylvio T-SHIRT + an HD DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the feature film SYLVIO (upon release) + a THANK YOU in the film credits + a personalized POSTCARD sent from Sylvio just to you!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    12 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    A FRAMED and AUTOGRAPHED banana peel + a signed POSTER + Sylvio will draw a PICTURE OF YOU with his markers + a lock of SYLVIO'S HAIR + a Sylvio T-SHIRT + an HD DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of SYLVIO (upon release) + a THANK YOU in the film credits + a personalized POSTCARD sent from Sylvio just to you!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    Sylvio will make you a VINE on YOUR ACCOUNT and REVINE it to his 350,000 friends + EVERYTHING at the $250 level

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    An invitation for you and a guest to our WRAP PARTY in Baltimore, MD (travel not included) + EVERYTHING at the $400 level

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    Get a sneak peak of the SYLVIO movie, and send us your notes! Be a part of shaping the film + EVERYTHING at the $500 level

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Be in the film! (travel not included) + EVERYTHING at the $750 level

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit + EVERYTHING at the $1000 level

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge $9,000 or more About $9,000

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit + EVERYTHING at the $5000 level

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)