[06/10/22 - 08:41 AM]
Showtime Documentary Films Announces "Sophia" from Directors Jon Kasbe and Crystal Moselle
The documentary feature follows inventor David Hanson's relentless quest to bring compassion and consciousness to Sophia, the most recognized humanoid robot in the world.

[via press release from Showtime]


Doc Feature to Premiere Tonight at the Tribeca Festival Ahead of Theatrical Run 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 documentary feature follows inventor David Hanson's relentless quest to bring compassion and consciousness to Sophia, the most recognized humanoid robot in the world. SOPHIA will premiere at the Tribeca Festival tonight, Friday, June 10 at the Village East Theatre, ahead of a theatrical qualifying run this fall and a SHOWTIME premiere later this year. The announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. To watch a clip from SOPHIA, click here:

Tickets for SOPHIA at Tribeca Festival can be purchased here: https://tribecafilm.com/films/sophia-2022.

Kasbe and Moselle chronicle Hanson's pursuit to create empathetic robots that can help solve some of humanity's most pressing issues. For Hanson, Sophia is more than a machine. She offers deep connection, and a glimpse at what the shared future between AI and humans might look like. As he works tirelessly in his lab, shaping Sophia's lifelike face and building her intelligence, pressures from the outer world grow. When his mother's health takes a turn for the worse, 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 documentary feature that is as important as it is endearing," said Malhotra. "David Hanson emerges as the ideal 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 preconceived notions around AI, compassion, and what it means to be human were constantly challenged - and we can't wait to share that journey with audiences at Tribeca," said Kasbe and Moselle. "We feel honored to be working with Showtime - a network that nurtures artists to stay true to their vision and boldly embraces the documentary process."

Kasbe, who also serves as director of photography on SOPHIA, is an Emmy(R) Award winning Australian-Indian director and cinematographer. Most recently he directed, executive produced, and shot The Deep End, a four-part docu-series exploring one of today's most controversial spiritual teachers and her dedicated followers. His debut feature When Lambs Became Lions was a 2017 Sundance Documentary Fund recipient, won the Best Editing award at the 2018 Tribeca Festival, and was nominated for two IDA Awards. In 2018 he was selected for DOC NYC's inaugural 40 under 40 list.

Moselle is a New York based director and storyteller of both documentary and narrative fiction films. Her critically acclaimed documentary The Wolfpack won the Grand Jury Prize award at Sundance in 2015. Moselle directed a narrative short That One Day, produced in collaboration with Miu Miu, that premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and was later expanded into a feature documentary titled Skate Kitchen, and adapted as 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. Producers are Bits Sola, Sally Campbell and Tim Nash.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Paramount, owns and operates the premium service SHOWTIME(R), which features critically acclaimed original series, provocative documentaries, box-office hit films, comedy and music specials and hard-hitting sports. SHOWTIME is available as a stand-alone streaming service across all major streaming devices and Showtime.com, as well as via cable, DBS, telco and streaming video providers. SNI also operates the premium services THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) and FLIX(R), as well as on demand versions of all three brands. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV(R). For more information, go to www.SHO.com.

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