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Based on a series of avant-garde vines by creator Albert Birney, Sylvio is the story of Baltimore based gorilla Sylvio Bernardi’s rise and fall from local TV fame. Sylvio’s droll 9 to 5 is interrupted when he is sent to collect the debt of a small talk show producer, and is mistaken for a juggling guest. The fallout of Sylvio’s clumsy juggling is not just broken vases–the viewers fall in love with Sylvio’s chaotic and destructive ape persona. As a result, Sylvio’s personal preferences for tender puppetry and delicate stop motion are put at direct odds with the character he finds himself playing for his human viewers. As Sylvio’s identity crisis mounts fantasy and reality poetically blur to reveal that he has been fighting the “beast” image for years. Sylvio is a downright lovely and absurdist cult classic that speaks to anyone who fails to live out their stereotype.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

“Curios don’t get much more curious than “Sylvio,” which has the distinction of being both the weirdest, and most affecting, feature ever made starring a man in a monkey suit”

Nick Schager


“channels the infinite grace of the great silent-film comedians”

Richard Brody

The New Yorker

“Norman Rockwell by way of Pee Wee Herman”

Eric Kohn


Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award

SXSW Film Festival 2017

Best Feature Nominee

Eastern Oregon Film Festival 2017

Audience Award Nominee

Americana Film Fest 2018

Cast & Crew
  • Sylvio Bernardi : Self
  • Jess : Meghan Doherty
  • Al Reynolds : Kentucker Audley
  • Tina : Constance Shulman
  • Directors : Kentucker Audley, Albert Birney
  • Producer : Meghan Doherty
  • Executive Producers : Tanner Beard, James Belfer, Jason Dreyer, Louise Issacs, David Moscow, Kent Osborne, Todd Remis
  • Cinematography : Kentucker Audley, Albert Birney
  • Editing : Kentucker Audley, Albert Birney
  • Production Design : Peter Davis
  • Art Direction : Casey Lambert
  • Costumes & Wardrobe : James Barber, Tracy Bird
  • Sound Mixer : Jay Lujan
  • Sound Editor : Matthew Scott Baker
Technical Info
  • Theatrical Release Date : October 12, 2017
  • Year : 2017
  • Country : United States
  • Language : English
  • Running Time : 80 minutes
  • Aspect Ratio : 1.78
  • Projection Format : DCP
  • Rating : Unrated
  • Genre : Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

Blu-Ray Includes

  • Directors’ Audio Commentary by Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Kickstarter Video
  • Bonus Films
  • Music Videos
  • Complete Series of Simply Sylvio Vines
  • Theatrical Trailer