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"Sylvio is, at heart, a tale of independent artistry and its snares. The result is a generous, achingly tender comedy that offers some of the loopiest, most wondrously inventive humor this side of Jared Hess. (It also nods toward the decorative anachronism and muted bittersweetness of Wes Anderson.)" -Richard Brody, New Yorker.

"Who knew that a film about a shades-bedecked gorilla possessed of a deep, abiding love of hand puppetry could be so moving? Sylvio reads as silly on paper and is only slightly less silly in practice, but that silliness gains degrees of profound absurdist gravity from the cast’s straight-faced approach to the material. Movies about the clash between aesthetic ambition and commercial enterprise rarely feel as warm as Sylvio does." -Paste Magazine.

"My favorite of the films I’ve been able to catch in advance is “Sylvio,” the improbably moving tale of a cubicle drone at a debt collection agency who dreams of someday being a puppeteer. Spun off from the wildly popular “Simply Sylvio” vine series, this beguiling feature from directors Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley mines extraordinary whimsy and pathos from the sight of a man in a cheap gorilla suit wearing people clothes and sunglasses." -WBUR NPR.

New interview: No Film School. "In the early Vine days, I always loved that people would say, "He looks so sad!" And then a couple months later, "He's so happy!" His face hasn't changed; they're putting themselves into it."

The reviews are in from SXSW 2017


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."

Hollywood Reporter

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

Screen Anarchy

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

Film Threat

"Sylvio gave me belly laughs and evocative feels. Thus far, it is my favorite film of the year." Score 5/5.

Hammer to Nail

"A refreshing reminder of simpler times."

Austin Chronicle

 "Rich with ingenious sight gags and clever, deadpan writing."

Ars Technica

"Perfectly composed frames Wes Anderson would approve of. The deadpan humor has a degree of intentional, Tim & Eric-styled awkwardness."


"It’s a film about the face we see when we look in the mirror, versus the face we make when we know we are being watched."

Assholes Watching Movies

"Surprisingly soulful for an ape who doesn’t speak. A thoughtful, well-realized film."

Austin 360

"It’s a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of Birney and Audley that this quirky low-budget comedy is able to break through and resonate. There’s a marvelous sense of wonder in every scene that finds you rooting for this ordinary gorilla."