Pandora receives an unusual device, the Electro-Cute, from her mother. The Electro-Cute promises to "attract other towards you", but the unexpected happens when Pandora doesn't read the warning label. She's now attracting more attention than she ever thought possible. Electro-Cute is a part live action, part animated comedic short film that features the voice talents of Bill Rogers and Michele Knotz.
2012, 11 min.
"Endearing, sarcastic, and a dive into movie making ecstasy"-Terror Film Festival
"As cute and funny as it gets"- Pincess Horror
DATE/TIME: Thursday, August 16th, 2012 at 4:30p
LOCATION: The Kiggins Theater, at 1011 Main St., Vancouver WA
DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 18th, 2012 at 4:20p
LOCATION: Clarion Inn and Conference Center, 240 Hines Hill Rd., Hudon, OH
*WON* Best Comedy for a Short Film
DATE/TIME: Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 9:15p
LOCATION: Krikorian Theater, 410 South Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA
*NOMINATED FOR 2 AWARDS* Best Animation and Best Experimental Project
*WON* Runner up for Best Experimental Project
DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 20th, 2012 at 3pm
LOCATION: Ethical Society Building, 1906 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA
*NOMINATED FOR 3 AWARDS* Best Fantasy for a Short Film, Best Editing and Best SFX
*WON* Best SFX
DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 20th, 2012 at 11am
LOCATION: Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Avenue NorthMoorhead, MN
DATE/TIME: Saturday, Nov. 10th, 2012 at 3pm
LOCATION: Saginaw Club, 219 North Washington Avenue, Saginaw, MI
*WON* The Jury Award for best Experimental Project
DATE/TIME: Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 11am-8pm
LOCATION: Darress Theatre, 615 Main St., Boonton, NJ
*NOMINATED* Best Director and Best Short Film
DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 6th 2013 during the 7pm block
LOCATION: The Community Center, 3rd and Monroe St. in Media, PA.
*WON* 2nd place audience favorite
DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 6th 2013 at 1pm
LOCATION: Roxy Theatre Balcony, 220 W Okmulgee, Muskogee, OK
*NOMINATED* Best Animation
DATE/TIME: Sunday May 26th at 6pm and Monday May 27th 2013, at 11am
LOCATION: Ruby's Inn and convention center, 4825 North Reserve Street
*WON 3 AWARDS* Best Fantasy short film, Audience Favorite and Best Overall short film
DATE/TIME: Friday May 31st at 7:25p and Saturday June 1st 2013, at 12:15p
LOCATION: Best Western Mill River Manor, Long Island, NY
Best of the Fest (Media Film Festival)
DATE/TIME:August 15th 2013, 7:30p
LOCATION: 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA
DATE/TIME:Sept. 15th 2013, at 10:50pm, during the short live action group #6
LOCATION: Classic Cinemas (Ogden 6), 1227 East Ogden Avenue, Naperville, IL
DATE/TIME: Oct. 16th 2013, at 7pm
LOCATION:The Stage,546 S. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, CA
DATE/TIME:Saturday Nov. 1st, 11am block
WHERE:San Diego, CA
Awards: Nominated for 5 awards! Best Comedy short film, Best Sci Fi/Fantasy short film, Best SFX, Best Lead Actress in a short film Taryn Hough, and Best cinematography for a short film
The Indie Gathering: Best Comedy for a short film
Action on Film Festival: Runner up, Best Experimental Project
Terror Film Festival: Best SFX
Riverside Saginaw Film Festival: The Jury Award for Best Experimental Project
Media Film Festival: Runner Up, Audience Favorite
Miscon (3 awards): Best Fantasy short film, Audience Favorite, Best Overall short film
"Electro-Cute! is hands-down a truly engaging short film, and one of the most entertaining films to be shown at 2014’s FANtastic Horror Film Festival. The animation was spot-on and perfectly integrated into the live action"
"It’s clear the visual team of Taryn Hough and Cherrie Hamilton have a bright future ahead!"
"What made the scenes so compelling, though, was Pandora’s calm acceptance of her new world. Taryn Hough, who received a Festival nomination for Best Actress in a Short Film, conquered her green-screen world with a blasé, nonchalant air, and an attitude of, “Okay, what’s next?” No mere electrical-device-induced alternate universe was going to get our girl down!"
1.9.15 Monkey founder Taryn Hough had a very cool press release written about herself and Electro-Cute! screening at the FANtastic horror film festival. The article was written by Horror House Party, click here to read it
11.15.14 Our short film, Electro-Cute! received an amazing review by Fantastic Movies. You can read the whole review here, or some awesome highlights below: (The review was written in French, these quotes have been translated)
"Combining animation, live action...Electro - Cute! (is) enjoyed with a smile."
"From a technical standpoint, the film is well made and staging is simple but effective."
6.1.14 Electro-Cute! was nominated for 5 awards at the FANtastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego. The short was nominated for: Best Comedy short film, Best Sci Fi/Fantasy short film, Best SFX, Best Lead Actress in a short film Taryn Hough, and Best cinematography for a short film
4.10.14 As most of you know, the Monkey won 3 awards at the wonderful Miscon film festival, for our short film, "Electro-Cute!". We recently received the laurels from the festival, and they are easily the best laurels we have ever seen! Check them out below:
1.9.14 Check out this amazing review of Electro-Cute!, done by the very talented Gruesome Hertzogg. We can't thank him enough for his kind words. This is an audio review, it's about 3 minutes long, really great listen. To listen to full review, click here
11.30.13 Check out the fantastic review of Electro-Cute! over at Matchflick. We thank Mike Thomas for his kind words about the short. You can read the full review here, but read some of the highlights below:
"Electro-Cute!, a zany short from Chain Smoking Monkey Productions, is a highly imaginative, high concept skit"
"The short plays out like one of the later series of "The Twilight Zone"
"There has been a deliberate attempt not to give away any spoilers or even hints of the action, because the fun will be in the surprise, and to catch the action without warning"
"this reviewer did what he has never done - watched the commentary AND the "Making of" accompanying features. In most cases, these features are an exercise in self-indulgent tedium, but in this rare instance, the commentary gave some interesting insight on some of the zaniness of the short, and the "Making of" feature was interactive! There is actually drinking game during the feature!"
"ELECTRO-CUTE! is an experience into a mind unfettered by normal conventions. It is a tale of experimentation, scientifically-induced hallucinations, and tasers."
"This reviewer is calling this a very strong "BUY," because, like the AIRPLANE films or "Police Squad" shows, this film demands multiple viewing, with a strong suggestion to watch not only the feature itself, but also the accompanying features. It is currently doing the festival circuit"
9.16.13 I am very excited to say that Electro-Cute! will be screening at the Shorts n Spirits Showcase in Burbank, CA. The showcase takes place on Oct. 16th at 7pm, at 546 S. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, CA. More info coming soon!
9.15.13 Naperville Independent Film Festival does something really cool, that I wish more festivals would do. They have someone give you a quick synopsis and their picks for each screening that is happening that day. How great is that!? Electro-Cute! was lucky enough to make the list of "Sunday Picks", we appreciate Karen's kind words about the short film (starts at 4:30)
9.3.13 Check out this fantastic review of Electro-Cute!, by Baron Craze, when the short screened at the Terror Film Festival. We had an amazing time at the festival last year, and Baron wrote a great article covering the event. We appreciate all of his kind words and look forward to seeing him at future festivals. Click here to read it
8.14.13 We have the screening time for EC at NIFF. Electro-Cute! is screening at the Naperville Film Festival on Sunday Sept.15th at 10:50pm (duing the live action short film block #6).The festival takes place at the Classic Cinemas Ogden 6
7.25.13 We just found out that Electro-Cute! is going to be screened during the "Best of the Fest". The Media Film Festival holds a screening of their favorite shorts that appeared in the festival that year, and EC! made the cut! We're thrilled to be apart of this and are honored that we were chosen. The screening takes place at 7:30p on August 15th, at 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallington, PA. Hope to see you there!
7.13.13 I am thrilled to announce that Electro-Cute! has been accepted to the Naperville Independent Film Festival. NIFF takes place in Naperville, IL, Sept.14th-21st. Screen time, date and general info for the screening coming soon
5.31.13 WOW! We just got back from Miscon a few days ago and we had a wonderful time! Electro-Cute! was very well received and screened 3 times at the festival. We received a ton of laughter during each screening and really couldn't have asked for a better response. We were very humbled and grateful to find out that EC! won 3 awards at the festival too: Best Fantasy Short Film, Audience Favorite and Best Overall Short Film. We're so excited for future trips to Miscon! Check out pictures from the Q&A panel below. BONUS! Check out this very cool comic about Miscon made by LarsenGeekery.
5.23.13 Don't forget, Electro-Cute! has 2 screenings coming up. One is in Missoula, MT this weekend at Miscon, and the other other is at the Macabre Faire Film Festival in NY. The short is screening twice at each festival, so you have multiple chances to see the film.
5.16.13 We have some fun news about Miscon. Not only is Electro-Cute! screening at the festival on May 26th at 6pm, but Taryn Hough was also asked to be on a panel about indie filmmaking and have an additional screening and Q&A about the short. How awesome is that!? More info coming soon
4.25.13 We are so excited to announce that Electro-Cute! will be screening at this years Miscon film festival! Miscon is a Sci Fi convention that also holds a film festival, their guest of honor this year is Felicia Day. More info coming soon
4.20.13 We have the screening time for Electro-Cute! at the Macabre Faire Film Festival. The short will screen at the festival twice. The first screening is on Friday May 31st at 7:25pm, the second screening is on Saturday June 1st at 12:15p. We're thrilled to be part of this festival, more info coming soon
4.12.13 We had a great time at the Media Film Festival and are delighted to say that Electro-Cute! won Runner Up Audience Favorite for Saturday night. I met a lot of amazing people and look forward to attending the festival again in the future. Below are some additional pictures taken at the festival.
3.11.13 The Media Film Festival has released the trailer for the 2013 festival. I am very happy to say that Electro-Cute! was included in the trailer. If you'd just like to see EC!'s scenes, go to the 32 sec mark, but I recommend watching the whole thing
3.5.13 The Media Film Festival has announced the screening time for Electro-Cute!. The short will screen on Saturday, April 6th during the 7pm block. The festival takes place at The Community Center, located at 3rd and Monroe St. in Media, PA. I am so looking forward to this festival!
3.4.13 Bare Bones Film Festival has announced their screening schedule. Electro-Cute! will screen on Saturday, April 6th at 1pm. The screening takes place at the Roxy Theatre Balcony, located at 220 W Okmulgee, Muskogee, OK. The short was also nominated for "Best Animation"! I hope to see you there!
3.1.13 We just found out that Electro-Cute! was nominated for Best Director and Best Short Film at the Jersey Gore Film Festival! The festival takes place on March 23rd at the Darress Theatre in New Jersey. Specific screening time coming soon
2.26.13 I am so happy to say that Electro-Cute! was accepted to the Macabre Faire Film Festival. The festival takes place May 31st-June 2nd in Long Island, NY. This is the first time the monkey has screened at this festival, we are really excited and looking forward to it. Specific screening date and time coming soon.
2.18.13 I am very happy to say that Electro-Cute! was accepted to the Bare Bones Film Festival. This is the monkeys first time attending Bare Bones and we couldn't be more excited! The festival takes place in Muskogee, OK, April 4th-14th. Specific screening date and time of EC! coming soon.
11.12.12 I received wonderful news this morning. Electro-Cute! won an award at the Riverside Saginaw Film Festival! The screening took place this past Saturday and EC! won the Jury Award/Experimental. We are humbled by the award and thank the festival for it. More info coming soon
11.4.12 I am very happy to say that Electro-Cute! was accepted to the Riverside Saginaw Film Festival. The festival takes place Nov. 8th-11th in Saginaw, MI. Electro-Cute! screens on Saturday Nov.10th at 3pm (in short block 2) at the Saginaw Club. This looks like a realy fun festival and we're disappointed that we can't make it.
10.25.12 Good news everyone! Electro-Cute! won the award of "Best SFX" at the Terror Film Festival. How awesome is that!? We had such an amazing time at the festival, it really is one of our favorites to attend. Make sure to check out some pics from the festival above
10.13.12 What's that? You feel like watching Electro-Cute! at a festival next weekend? I think I may be able to help with that. EC! is playing at 2 festivals next weekend, the Fargo Fantastic Film Festival and the Terror Film Festival, both screenings take place on Saturday October 20th. If you're in the Minnesota area, make sure to check out Fargo Fantastic for the 11am screening and if you're in the Philadelphia area, stop by Terror for the 3pm showing.
9.30.12 I am so happy to announce that Electro-Cute! was accepted to the Fargo Fantastic Film Festival. The festival takes place Oct. 19th-21st in Fargo, ND. In general, this is a really cool festival because it's also a Sci Fi, Fantasy, and Horror convention, make sure to check it out if you can! More info about the EC! screening coming soon.
9.26.12 I just found out that Electro-Cute! is nominated for 3 awards at the Terror Film Festival! The short was lucky enough to be nominated for: Best Fantasy for a Short Film, Best Editing and Best SFX. Make sure to check out the short when it screens at the festival on Saturday Oct. 20th at 3pm. More info can be found here
9.10.12 I am thrilled to announce that Electro-Cute! was accepted to the Terror Film Festival! I always have an awesome time at this festival and the people who run it are super nice, I hope to see you all there. The festival takes place in Philadelphia and EC! screens on Saturday, October 20th, at 3pm. Make sure to check out the festival list above to learn more.
8.27.12 Well, the Electro-Cute! tour has ended. It was amazing watching the short 3 times, in 3 different states at 3 different festivals. We want to send a big thank you to The Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, The Indie Gathering, and The Action on Film Festival for making our trip so memorable. We saw a lot of great films, met some other film makers and won some awards. Make sure to check out pictures from each festival, displayed below the festival they were taken at (photos listed above)
8.9.12 I am so excited and happy to say that EC! was nominated for 2 awards at the Action on Film Festival. We were nominated for Best Animation and Best Experimental Project. How cool is that!? We hope to see you all at the screening on August 23rd!
8.5.12 I am very happy to announce that EC! was accepted to The Jersey Gore Film Festival. The festival takes place at the Darress Theatre in New Jersey and screens movies that fall into the Horror or Sci Fi genre. The festival takes place on Saturday, Nov. 3rd, more info coming soon!
7.18.12 August is going to be a very busy month for the Electro-Cute! team,- we've gotten into 3 festivals in August! I am very happy to say that EC! has been accepted to the Action on Film Festival. The festival takes place in Monrovia, Ca, in late August. This is a great festival and I'm looking to attending, more info coming soon
7.5.12 The screening time for Electro-Cute! at The Indie Gathering is in. EC! will screen on Saturday August 18th, at 4:20 in screening room B. The festival takes place in Ohio, click here for more details. Photos from the festival coming soon!
"This is a silly film by design, and it does something I wish more indie films did.It incorporates fun animations into the film itself.....The animations themselves are really cute and give a certain specific character to the film that makes's it fun. The film is a short and very bizarre"
"All in all, this movie was very clever and fun, and not only the real acting, but the voice acting on the animations was really entertaining. Fun is the key word here, because that's exactly what it is, and it's the best reason to make it a point to see it"
Make sure to check out the entire review by clicking here
7.1.12 I am so excited to announce that EC! was accepted to The International Indie Gathering Film Festival. The festival takes place in Ohio, August 17-19. And guess what? Electro-Cute! won an award! We won the award for Best Comedy for a short film. I'll be attending the festival, I hope to see you all there!
6.3.12 I am so happy to announce that EC! has been accepted to it's first film festival. Electro-Cute! will screen at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival in late August. The festival takes place in Washington state, check back soon for updates as we get closer to the screen date
5.27.12 The first review for Electro-Cute has come in! Richard Propes over at The Independent Critic was nice enough to take the time to watch our short film and write us a wonderful review. Thank you Richard :-) Here are some of the highlights:
"(Electro-Cute is) an 11-minute short film that commands your attention and that you're constantly paying attention or you're really going to miss something."
"Electro-Cute benefits greatly from the presence of Hough in the lead role, whose normalcy and befuddlement are a delight to watch unfold as the world around her becomes increasingly chaotic and weird"
5.20.12 Good news everyone! Electro-Cute! is now up on IMDB, check it out
5.8.12 Check out the DVD cover for Electro-Cute!
4.16.12 A fun video that will be included on the DVD for Electro-Cute! was recently completed. I like to call it "The behind the scenes making of the behind the scenes making of Electro-Cute!". Yea, that's right
3.31.12 Bill Rogers, one of the lead voice actors in Electro-Cute!, was awarded the Anime guest of honor award at I-Con 2012. How cool is that!? What's that? Check out the video below
1.12.12 Wow, has it really been that long since our last update!? Boy is my face red....Please except this apology of a super secret preview of Electro-Cute! Ssshhh, it's a secret
10.12.11 The rough cut of Electro-Cute! is done. Below are some screen captures
9.20.11 I'm happy to announce the addition of Bill Rogers and Michele Knotz to the Electro-Cute! family. We are thrilled to have them onboard and are excited to hear what a calculator, milk carton and instructional booklet, among other things, sounds like!
9.08.11 Guess what? We're done shooting EC! To reward you for actually reading this, here's an onset photo
8.15.11 You know what's fun? Wardrobe tests!
2.11.11 Gaze upon the greatness that are the bloopers from the fake taser commercial that appears in the short
1.11.11 Our first day of shooting with Blake Hogue could not have gone better! Check out these awesome onset photos
12.27.10 I think this may be our last test animation. I'm kind of sad
12.12.10 We obviously love test videos! Check out yet another test animation we made this morning (where are my shoes!?):
12.3.10 check out yet another test animation sketch that was made for Electro-Cute!:
11.20.10 check out the latest test animation sketch:
11.12.10 check out the latest test SFX video and get a sneak peak at some of the effects we're using to create Electro-Cute!:
11.05.10 Pre production of "Electro-Cute!" has officially started! Our latest short film will mix animation and live action to create the perfect comedy/fantasy short film,- mua ha ha ha ha!!!! We're aiming for a summer of 2011 release. Stay tuned for updates!