About this project
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.
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!
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Also, say hi to Sylvio’s hero, Uncle Otis...
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!
*Sylvio bubble gum gif by Tom DesLongchamp
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
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