"One of the Ten Best Movies of 2017" -The New Yorker

“This charming lo-fi indie is attuned to its own eccentric wavelength, equal parts absurd and poignant. A cult following for this bizarro effort seems quite possible." -Variety

85% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes

"Exquisite yet uproarious. Sylvio is, at heart, a tale of independent artistry and its snares. The result is a generous, achingly tender comedy. -New Yorker and here.

"A work of gentle whimsy and surprising pathos. Birney and Audley have an impressive visual sense — the smart framing and thrifty, ingenious production design at times suggest a Wes Anderson–directed installment of Between Two Ferns." -Village Voice

Sylvio is "an ideal vessel for silent comedy, and the filmmakers’ attention to detail allow the punchline of his very existence to merge nicely with sad, elegant lifestyle. Norman Rockwell by way of Pee Wee Herman." -Indiewire

"The jokes are consistently inventive and the counteracting pathos on point." -Hollywood Reporter

"It's a hilarious and touching examination of our search for fulfillment and one of those weird little movies that is worth seeking out." -Screen Anarchy



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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, Herbert Herpels, and his 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 a journey of self-discovery.

History: Sylvio was born on Vine, where he racked up over 500,000 followers and 100 million loops


Directed by / Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley
Produced by / Meghan Doherty

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March 11-15th SXSW Film Festival

March 27th Atlanta Film Festival

March 31st Wisconsin Film Festival

April 8th Capital City Film Fest

April 28th IFF Boston

May 5-7th Maryland Film Festival

June 1-4th Greenwich Intl FF

June 14th Homebrewed (Colombia, MO)

June 24th What the Film Festival (Toronto)

July 8-19th Revelation Perth IFF

July 20th Indy Film Fest (Indianapolis)

Sept. 21st Funcinema (Argentina)

Sept. 24th Charlotte FF

Sept. 29th AmFest (Moscow)

Oct. 14th New Hampshire FF

Oct. 12-19th Nitehawk Cinema (week run)

Oct. 21st Eastern Oregon FF

Oct. 21st Syracuse Intl FF

Oct. 26th Raleigh, NC

Oct. 26th & 27th American FF (Poland)

Oct. 27th - Nov. 2nd Baltimore [week run]

Nov 2nd - 5th Roxy Cinema (NYC)

Nov. 4th Indie Memphis FF

Nov. 7th - 16th Rochester, NY

Nov. 9th & 14th Loft Film Fest (Tucson)

Nov. 10th - 16th Lake Worth, FL

Nov. 15th Nashville, TN

Nov. 24th - 30th Chicago, IL (Facets)

Jan 4th-5th Cleveland Institute of Art 

Jan. 16th & 18th Unknown Pleasures FF (Berlin, Germany)

Feb. 9th Mammoth Film Festival (Mammoth Lakes, CA)

April 22nd Flatpack Film Festival (Birmingham, UK)