Crazy Monkey was incorporated in Louisville, KY as a Limited Liability Corporation on 8/2/2000 by myself and Douglas Clark. After an extended period of intense preparation, Crazy Monkey made its debut at the 2007 Louisville 48 Hour Film Festival.
Crazy Monkey presents: Fasionably Dead made its debut on 7/26/2007 at the Village 8 Theatres. It was kinda cool; the promise of Crazy Monkey, fulfilled after so many years. The film itself was too ambitious and completely misunderstood its audience. Instead of the normal, weird-o fest film, Fashionably Dead aspired to be a film noir murder mystery, complete with All the Usual Suspects.
Problem was, ask someone who had just seen it what happened in it? Chances are they couldn't tell you. I needed something simpler, more immediate. Something that grabbed the attention quick and held it, something that would be respected by the fest crowd because it had a sense of humor and a DIY mentality.
Hootenanny debuted on 7/23/2008. It was good despite not being finished at the time of submission. We spent the next two weeks recutting it until we had what, on 8/4/2008, I was willing to call The Final Cut.
Hootenanny went on to win Best Use of Genre at the 48 Hour Film Project's Louisville awards ceremony at Volksfest 2008.
Problem is, I discovered another film company operates using the name Crazy Monkey. I fully believe I was first and could force them to change their name, but they already have a feature film available on double DVD and are in the process of completing their second. I have no desire to enter into a protracted legal battle and, since I could never find a decent mascot anyway, have decided to ditch the name and take up the mantle Just in Time Films.
Our third film will go into production 10/16 as part of the revitalized Kino Louisville project. More info forthcoming.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
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