Reviews and Festivals
"An unpolished portrait of the startup reality in Silicon Valley: the heaven & the hell."
— Antti Merilehto, Chief Growth Officer at Houston Analytics
"Young Kalle Freese travels to Silicon Valley with a world-revolutionizing coffee product, his reputation and investors' millions. on the other end is love, health and happiness. Director Erika Haavisto shares an intimate story based in San Francisco - what happens when you got to succeed no matter what"
— Jyri Engestöm, Investor at Yes VC
"The roughness and rollercoaster of startup life is difficult to describe, especially for people who have not visited the city. 'Silicon Valley, Baby' is an authentic portrait of how it is to run your startup"
— Daniel Rahman, Founder and CEO of Integrify
"Offers a glimpse into the precarious reality of start-up entrepreneurship. It raises questions about the connection of work addiction and mental health, and what can happen to a highly driven person if they lose interest in their work. It also portrays the life of a person who stands by the entrepreneur's side, offering love and support along the way."
— Juuso Mäntykivi, Humak
"Four Stars. Erika Haavisto's documentary follows the first world conquest of coffee entrepreneur Kalle Freese in Silicon Valley...In addition to the corporate patterns, the intimate documentary reveals a lot about the entrepreneur's private life as well as his mood movements...In the documentary, moments of happiness and despair are rhythmically intersecting. In the noise of marketing events, a smile is sensitive. At home, silence speaks."
— Pirjo-Liisa Niinimäki, Laensi-Guomi
"Silicon Valley, Baby is an intimate documentary...It starts as a description of the startup buzz, but gradually the long social between Freese and Haavisto gets more and more attention. Or really what another person's complete dedication to their work does to a relationship...The peeks are high and the drops are deep in both the startup world and the love life of the couple in their thirties."
— Tuomo Yrttiaho, Ilta-Sanomat
"It's the story of a man who sees beauty in doing things efficiently...As the documentary progresses, exhaustion, disappointment, and fear emerge alongside the passion...While the film Silicon Valley, Baby tells the story of a Finnish couple, it also depicts an American society where the only value is money."
— Onnimanni Liukkonen, Seura
"Follows Finish barista champion, Kalle Freese, on a journey of conquering the startup world in Silicon Valley with the specialty instant coffee they named Sudden Coffee...Very intimate and personal."
— European Coffee Trip
Nordic International Film Festival, Honorable Mention
Helsinki Docpoint Film Festival
NYC Independent Film Festival
Doc Edge Film Festival
Nordic International Film Festival
Silicon Valley International Film Festival
YLE, Finnish Broadcasting Company