21st Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 18-28, 2024 Globe Cinema

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024 Globe Cinema

Living With Chucky

United States, 2022: 100 minutes: Alberta Premiere
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A filmmaker who grew up alongside Chucky seeks out those surrounding the CHILD’S PLAY films as they recount their experiences working on the ongoing franchise, and what it means to be a part of the “Chucky” family.

Directed by Kyra Elise Gardner – the daughter of Tony Gardner, who was the chief puppeteer for the majority of the horror films inspired by CHILD’S PLAY in 1988 – the documentary explores the iconic franchise through a personal and social perspective, using new and archival interview footage to explore the film’s cultural impact over the years with principal cast and crew members. A love letter not only to the franchise, but to the people who work tirelessly to continue to bring Chucky into the homes of horror fans everywhere.

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With a dad in special effects makeup, blood and guts became a normality for Kyra at a young age. Combat nursing was her first goal, but she soon discovered that real blood is way grosser than the fake stuff. She's been pursuing a career in directing since attending Florida State's film program and plans on creating quirky fantastical films from the lore of her unconventional childhood.

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press for Living With Chucky

"A celebration of the franchise, including its fans, becomes something greater with unexpected revelations."
- Bloody Disgusting
"By the film’s end, audiences will find themselves wanting to revisit the horrific doll, experiencing the series as a whole, and looking for all the tidbits that have been revealed through those who brought it to life."
- Film Inquiry

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Documentary / Horror / First Feature / Woman Director

100 minutes


Kyra Gardner

Executive Producer
Ash T

Kyra Gardner

Kyra Elise Gardner

Scott Marino

Brad Dourif
Don Mancini
Jennifer Tilly
David Kirschner
Marlon Wayans
John Waters


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