Documentary by NSU professor/filmmaker released on digital platforms


NATCHITOCHES – Following an acclaimed run on the film festival circuit and a broadcast on STARZ comes the announcement that award-winning documentary filmmaker and Northwestern State University professor Melody Gilbert’s “Silicone Soul,” which explores the emotional connection some people have to synthetic companions, is being released on digital platforms such as iTunes and Amazon Prime starting on Oct. 13.

Links for the digital release links for “Silicone Soul” are as follows.

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The film will also be released on Google Play and FandangoNOW.

Gilbert’s most recent producing projects, “Beneath the Ink,” was nominated for a 2019 Emmy for Outstanding Short Documentary and “Lessons from Lucy Laney” won a 2020 Alfred I. duPont award. This is Gilbert’s second year teaching at NSU in the department of New Media, Journalism, and Communication Arts.

“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. 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. Who are we to judge who…or what…people choose to love?

A trailer and more information is available at

Educational distribution via Collective Eye Films:

For all press inquiries, interviews or screeners contact Gilbert at or (312) 351-0411.