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9.1.16 We have the first edit of the documentary done, and I am so, so, happy with how it looks! We're aiming for a Summer 2017 release date
8.13.16 The Last Doll Lady has a Facebook page. Make sure to like the page to keep up to date with the latest news about the documentary
7.4.16 Wow, wow, wow! Selma and myself were interviewed by The OC Register about the dolls program and about the documentary. The article ran on the front page of the paper over 4th of July weekend! Click here to read the article online, and make sure to check out the Dolls page on here to see a picture of the newspaper.
4.10.16 We've had a FANTASTIC few weeks of shooting. Selma's story is really coming together and we can't wait to show you what we've been working on! In the meantime, click here for some screen captures
10.20.15 The monkey is loving how the footage for our documentary is looking! Check out some raw footage screencaps from the project here
8.16.15 We had a great on location shoot for our documentary at the OC Fair. Click here to view the pictures
5.12.15 Selma, the lead in our documentary, also performs as a clown for various organizations. Check out the official page to see Selma in action
3.2.15 Production for our upcoming documentary, "The last doll lady", has officially started! Look for the production page to pop up soon
1.11.15 Have we mentioned that we love the site Horror House Party? They wrote an awesome review of Electro-Cute!, click here to read the full review, or check out the Electro-Cute! page to read some of the highlights
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 pop on over to the EC! page and read some awesome highlights. The review was written in French, so be prepared to translate it
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! Hop on over to the EC! page and check them out.
2.1.14 The Monkey is going to take some time off to bake a baby, but we'll update you with things when we can
1.24.14 We are very happy to say that production has started on our next short film! The short is titled, "Stuffed", and without giving too much away, the short is about stuffed animals coming to life. We've already started on the test shots for the short, and are very pleased with the results. Check out a few of the screen caps from the edit 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, you can watch the video here (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!
7.20.13 We just finished a commercial for a cool vintage store, Just the Good Stuff. We're really happy with how it turned out, even better, the client loved it! Check it out below:
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! As usual, check out the EC! page for pics from the festival. 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 is at the Macabre Faire Film Festival in NY next weekend. 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. Make sure to check out the Electro-Cute! page to see pictures from the event
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.
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 on the Electro-Cute! page
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. For more info, check out the EC! page
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.
9.29.12 It has been a busy couple of days, hasn't it? We just found out that a short film we made called, "Night Terrors", is being included in the line up for the Friday Fright Fest. How awesome is that!? The festival takes place on Oct.26th at the Delaware County Institute of Science at 7:30.
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 EC! page on here 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, here.
8.9.12 I am so excited and happy to say that Electro-Cute! 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 Electro-Cute! 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!
8.2.12 The Electro-Cute! festival "tour", 3 festivals in 3 states in more than 3 days happens in a few weeks! Make sure to head over to the Electro-Cute! page on here to check out the time and place of all of the screenings
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!
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! Make sure to head over to Richard's website to read the full review
5.20.12 Good news everyone! Electro-Cute! is now up on IMDB, check it out
5.14.12 Hot off the, uh, keyboard is the Electro-Cute! trailer
5.8.12 Check out the DVD cover for Electro-Cute!
5.1.12 Unit 30 really is the little engine that could! I received a wonderful email the other day letting me know that U30 will screen at the Horror Hotel film festival! How cool is that!? The festival takes place May 19th in Ohio, U30 screens at 8:30pm. Make sure to get your tickets ASAP, I see this selling out!
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 click here to check out some screen captures! Or else....
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 for upcoming short
8.15.11 Did Christmas come early this year? Because we received another great review for Unit 30! We were lucky enough to receive this awesome review from Char Hardin over at Horrorphilia. Click here to read it
5.10.11 Good news everyone! As you all know, Unit 30 screened at the Media Film Festival last year. I just got an email from the Festival director informing me that they have decided to put on a mini fest and are showing some of their favorite shorts from past festivals. Guess what? Unit 30 was one of their favorites! So if you're in the Media, PA area this Thursday, stop by Sligo Irish Pub and show some support for Unit 30
4.26.11 Well, we finally did it. We made a trailer for Unit 30
2.11.11 It's been a while since our last update hasn't it? Well, that's life. To make up for it though, here are the bloopers from the fake taser commercial that appears in our latest short film "Electro-Cute!"
1.11.11 Today was our first day of shooting "Electro-Cute!", we had a great time!Check out some photos from the shoot here
1.7.11 Check out the awesome review Unit 30 received from The Independent Critic
12.27.10 I think this may be the last test animation for our latest short film, Electro-Cute!. I'm kind of sad
12.16.10 Good news everyone! Unit 30 was lucky enough to be picked to air on the premiere episode of the web based show, "The Reel Show". How cool is that!? The show will air on Jan.8th at 2pm eastern standard time. Click here to visit the shows website and find out more about the screening. Bonus! I'll be online during the screening, answering questions in the shows chat room. More info coming soon
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 for Electro-Cute!:
11.13.10 Unit 30 was accepted to the Hollywood Asylum 13 film festival! More info coming soon
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!:
11.10.10 check out the new Unit 30 DVD cover here, now with more stuff!
11.05.10 Pre production for "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. Click here for more info
10.25.10 Unit 30 WON the claw award at the Terror Film Festival for Best Thriller for a short film! (Click here for the entire list of winners). U30 screened at the festival over the weekend to a great crowd and as always, the TFF team put on an amazing festival. Click here to see photos from the festival
10.7.10 Unit 30 screened at the GIAA Film Festival in New York this past weekend and Eric Pirooz (the real estate agent from Unit 30) was lucky enough to attend the festival. He had an amazing time and we can't thank the kind people at the GIAA Film Festival enough for putting on such a wonderful event. Click here to see photos from the screening.
10.05.10 Unit 30 was nominated for 3 awards at the Terror Film Festival! We were nomiated for: Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Thriller short film! AND a scene from Unit 30 was featured in the trailer! Below is the trailer, Unit 30 appears around 3:15
10.01.10 Unit 30 was accepted to the Fargo Fantastic Film Festival! The festival takes place Oct.15-17 in Fargo ND and is part of Valleycon and the Fargo Entertainment Expo. Screening time coming soon.
9.20.10 Check out the awesome Unit 30 lobby cards that are making their rounds at festvials here!
9.16.10 UPDATE Unit 30 will screen at the Terror Film Festival Friday October 22 during the 5:45pm block. The festival takes place in Philadelphia PA at the Ethical Society Building located at 1906 South Rittenhouse Square, 19103. For more info check out the festival website here
9.12.10 Unit 30 was accepted to the Terror Film Festival. The festival takes place in Philadelphia, PA Oct.21-23. More info coming soon!
9.1.10 UPDATE Unit 30 will screen at the GIAA Film Festival on Saturday Oct.2nd during the 7pm block. The festival takes place in Manhattan, NY at the Anthology Film Archives located at Second Ave and 2nd St. For more info check out the festival website here
8.22.10 Check out the great review Unit 30 received from the horror review website Play with Death
8.13.10 Unit 30 screened at The Indie Gathering Film festival in Cleveland, OH last week. We had an amazing time and can't thank the IG Team enough for putting on such a wonderful festival. Bonus? Unit 30 won 2 awards at the festival! "Best Horror-Comedy for a short film" and "Best overall short film"! Check out the Unit 30 project page to see some photos that were taken at the festival.
7.29.10 Unit 30 screened last night at AOF and we had a GREAT time! We really can't thank Del, Josh and the whole AOF team enough. Make sure to check out the Unit 30 project page to see some photos we took that night,- the poster for Unit 30 made the cover of the AOF Program!
7.10.10 UPDATE Unit 30 will screen at the Action on Film Festival on Wednesday July 28th at 6pm (Academy 3). The festival takes place in Pasadena, CA at the Regency Academy Theater. To purchase tickets or to learn more, click here
6.13.10 Unit 30 won another award! We found out this morning that Unit 30 was accepted to The International Indie Gathering Film Festival and that we won an award from the fest. The Indie Gathering takes place August 6-8th and we were lucky enough to win 1st place in the "Horror Comedy" category for a Short Film (scroll down to "film-short" to see the win). We don't know what day Unit 30 is screening at the festival, stay tuned
6.3.10 Unit 30 was accepted to the Action on Film Festival. AOF takes place in Pasadena, CA the last week in July. We don't know when Unit 30 is screening, stay tuned for more info. You can check out Unit 30's blog here
6.1.10 Welcome to the new CSM website. We realize it's not perfect