Breaking News – Showtime Documentary Films Announces “Sophia” From Directors Jon Kasbe & Crystal Moselle
SHOWTIME(R) DOCUMENTARY FILMS ANNOUNCES “SOPHIA” FROM DIRECTORS JON KASBE AND CRYSTAL MOSELLE
Documentary premiering tonight at the Tribeca Festival ahead of its theatrical release this fall and network debut later this year
Photo: Courtesy of SHOWTIME
LOS ANGELES – June 10, 2022 – SHOWTIME Documentary Films today announced SOPHIA from directors Jon Kasbe (When Lambs Become Lions, The Deep End) and Crystal Moselle (The Wolfpack, Skate Kitchen). The feature-length documentary follows inventor David Hanson’s relentless quest to bring compassion and awareness to Sophia, the world’s most recognized humanoid robot. SOPHIA will premiere at the Tribeca Festival tonight, Friday, June 10 at the Village East Theater, before a theatrical qualification this fall and a SHOWTIME premiere later this year. The announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Non-Fiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. To watch a clip of SOPHIA, click here:
Tickets for SOPHIA at the Tribeca Festival can be purchased here: https://tribecafilm.com/films/sophia-2022.
Kasbe and Moselle chronicle Hanson’s quest to create empathetic robots that can help solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems. For Hanson, Sophia is more than a machine. She offers a deep connection and insight into what the shared future between AI and humans might look like. As he works tirelessly in his lab, shaping Sophia’s realistic face and developing her intelligence, the pressures of the outside world increase. When his mother’s health deteriorates and investors begin to question his vision, Hanson’s unwavering belief in Sophia is all that stands between him and failure. With time running out and resources dwindling, will Hanson and Sophia find their place in the world?
“SOPHIA is the rare feature documentary that is as important as it is endearing,” said Malhotra. “David Hanson emerges as the perfect inventor to nurture the ideal personification of artificial intelligence, while facing a mountain of challenges inside and outside the lab. SHOWTIME is proud to present this unique story that deconstructs what it means to be human.”
“As we followed Sophia and David around the world, our preconceptions about AI, compassion, and what it means to be human were constantly challenged – and we look forward to sharing this journey with Tribeca audiences” , said Kasbe and Moselle. . “We are honored to work with Showtime – a network that inspires artists to stay true to their vision and boldly embraces the documentary process.”
Kasbe, who is also the director of photography on SOPHIA, is an Emmy(R) Award-winning Australian-Indian director and cinematographer. Most recently, he directed, produced and filmed The Deep End, a four-part documentary series exploring one of today’s most controversial spiritual teachers and his devoted followers. His feature debut When Lambs Became Lions was a 2017 Sundance Documentary Fund recipient, won Best Editing at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, and was nominated for two IDA Awards. In 2018, he was selected for the DOC NYC’s inaugural 40 under 40 list.
Moselle is a New York-based director and storyteller of documentary and narrative fiction films. His critically acclaimed documentary The Wolfpack won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2015. Moselle directed a narrative short film That One Day, produced in collaboration with Miu Miu, which premiered at the International Film Festival Venice film and was later expanded into a feature-length documentary called Skate Kitchen, and adapted into a scripted series called Betty. Moselle was nominated for the Breakthrough Director Award at the Gotham Awards in 2019 for Skate Kitchen.
SOPHIA is produced for SHOWTIME by Kasbe Films and Give Thanks Production, in association with Impact Partners and Somesuch. Dan Cogan and Jenny Raskin are executive producers. The producers are Bits Sola, Sally Campbell and Tim Nash.
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