Softly is a Douglas Sirk-styled, biographical film that blurs the line between dollhouse and reality – creating a world as fragile and ephemeral as the romance story that takes place within the frame.
Director Bryan Jackson’s film employs Bratz Boyz dolls as actors staged on miniature, handcrafted sets with cinematography by Quyen Tran and music composed by Yoshizawa Eiji and performed by Scudelia Electro.  Utilizing neutral mask technique (where the unchanging face of the doll is manipulated with light, shadow and gesture) to create emotions in the viewer’s mind.
“… (Softly) has a wonderful noirish feeling.”
– Roberta Smith, New York Times
…preposterously campy and strangely affecting”
– Josh Wolin, Time Out New York
“Time Out Pick of the Week.”
“Like a little Japanese girl’s dream of what it would be like to be an American gay man. Bryan Jackson uses Bratz® dolls, lovingly-crafted miniature sets, and Sirkian cinematography to stage a simple story of love and longing, which may or may not be a commentary on the naive romanticism of urban gay men.”

–– Paul Sbrizzi, SLAMDANCE

Credits

Writer and Director Bryan Jackson
Cinematographer Quyen Tran
Composer Eiji Yoshizawa
Associate Producer Brian Crano
Gaffer Angie Pop
Grip Andy Kang
Production Assistants Leila Buenviaje
Lori Chan
Andrea Cisnero
Brian Kim
Randy Kiyan
Akasuka Murata
Toon Twanna
Scenic Assistant Benjamin Page
Flight Crew Uniform Margret Fenkse
Wardrobe Assistant Peter Chao
‘Softly, you go’ Performed by Scudelia Electro
Warner Records, Japan

Screenings

2008
Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, Austin, Texas, (September 5)

Q! Film Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia, “Candy Shop” (August 8, 10, 11)
Slamdance Film Festival, Hollywood, California, “Summer Special” (August 9)
Zinegoak: The Bilbao International Gay, Lesbian & Transexual Film Festival, Bilbao, Spain, (January 21-27)
Slamdance Film Festival, Park City, Utah (January 19, 24)


2007
Reeling: Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival, “Lost In Love,” (November 14)

World Premiere
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