20th Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 20-30, 2023

11th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 2023

Living With Chucky

United States, 2022 : Alberta Premiere
Archives 2022
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In Cinema Globe Cinema
Wed, Nov 23 9:00 PM Buy

description

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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DIRECTOR'S BIO
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

screened with a short film

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Human

United States, 2022, 9 m, Director Bill Watterson

After discovering footage from a fantasy movie he made as a child, filmmaker Bill Watterson (CUFF 2017 Selection DAVE MADE A MAZE) sets out to restore the lost classic.

details

Documentary / Horror / First Feature / Woman Director

English
100 minutes

credits

Director
Kyra Gardner

Executive Producer
Ash T

Producer
Kyra Gardner

Screenwriter
Kyra Elise Gardner

Cinematographer
Scott Marino

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

community

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