Mrs. Carmody & Mrs. Jellineck: No Fugu for Yugu

Dry. Offbeat. 100% Homemade Murder Mystery Whodunnit?!

It's 1984.
The setting: Baroness Ipswich's Country House
The action: Murder.

Another murder has darkened the already damp London countryside!

Mrs. Carmody, an Irish lady detective & Mrs. Jellineck, ventriloquist dummy detective, are the most famous crime- solving duo in London!

Join the lady detectives, Jo the Cook, Baroness Ipswich, Hypnotist Dr. Kerns Eyesop, his assistant Miss Pennigree, for a feast that’s sure to bring heartburn and see
Let's be About it!

We are so grateful for the acknowledgement and awards given to us by our supportive film freeway community here! THANK YOU!!!

  • Jeanne Taylor
    Human Resources; Mrs. Carmody & Mrs. Jellineck
  • Jeanne Taylor
    The Co-Star Short Films; Upright Citizens Brigade: Craft Service Table the Musical a One Woman Show; The Estrogen Map full length play; Mrs. Carmody & Mrs. Jellineck webseries (2 prior seasons); Ann Romney's Face Cream spoof; Battle Ax comedy pilot; Bottom of Fallow Lake horror script
  • Jeanne Taylor
    The Co-Star(s) Short Films; The Estrogen Map, Mrs. Carmody & Mrs. Jellineck, The Bottom of Fallow Lake
  • Jeanne Taylor
    Key Cast
    "Mrs. Carmody & Mrs. Jellineck"
    Vronika, TED, Real Rob, The Middle, Wedding Band, Planes, Trains & Automobiles
  • Richard Sanderson
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Kerns Eyesop"
    Dunkirk; Pam and Tommy
  • Elizabeth Arends
    Key Cast
    "Miss Pennigree"
    Unsinkable; On Wings of Eagles
  • Jen Ray
    Key Cast
    "Jo the Cook"
    The Middle; General Hospital; Gilmore Girls
  • Salme Geransar
    Key Cast
    "Baroness Ipswich"
    Click Bait; Mystery Road (the origin); Neighbours
  • Johnny Fujikawa
    Key Cast
    "Masaoka Son"
  • Tim Trobec
    Key Cast
    "Constable MacIntyre"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Television, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Dark Comedy, Mystery, Murder Mystery, whodunnit, parody comedy, comedy mystery
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 23, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Tokyo Shorts
    September 22, 2022
    Official Selection Best Female Director
  • Palm Springs Shorts
    Palm Springs
    United States
    June 6, 2022
    (online no screening and no premiere)
    Semi Finalist Best Web Series
  • All the Laughs
    October 21, 2022
    Online Screening
    Official Selection Best Comedic Actor (Female)
  • Multi-Dimensional Independent Film Festival
    May 25, 2022
    online event for May, 2022 only
    Winner Best Women Filmmaker
  • Indiefare International Film Festival

    May 6, 2022
    Online Screening
    Winner Best Web Series
  • NYInternationalfilmfestival

    (online no screening and no premiere)
    Winner Best Comedy Short
  • Hollywood Blvd. Film

    April 23, 2022
    (online no screening and no premiere)
    Winner Best Comedy Short
  • San Francisco Arthouse Short Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    May 20, 2022
    (online no screening and no premiere)
    Semi-Finalist Best Ensemble Acting
  • Iconic Images Film Festival
    Goštauto, Vilnius
    June 16, 2022
    Online event
    Official Selection Best Short Film, Best Female Director, Best Actress (Jeanne Taylor)
  • LA Independent Film Channel Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    August 4, 2022
    Official Selection Best Comedy
  • LA Indies
    Los Angeles
    United States
    August 30, 2022
    Official Selection Best Actress/Best TV Series/Pilot/Web
  • California Women's Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    July 17, 2022
    Official Selection Best Short Film
  • New York International Women Festival
    New York
    August 31, 2022
    Semi-Finalist All Categories for Short directed by a woman
Director Biography - Jeanne Taylor

Creator, Writer, Director & Mrs. Carmody
Jeanne is a Stowe Story Lab Alumni and International Screenwriter's Association Semi-Finalist, CineStory Quarter Finalist, and winner of Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival Teleplay Competition.
Jeanne's IMDB

NO FUGU FOR YUGU is a stand-alone MRS. CARMODY & MRS. JELLINECK episode and its previous chapters are: HEIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW (2017) and A BRUSH WITH MURDER (2018).

NO FUGU FOR YUGU is Jeanne Taylor’s directorial and editing debut. Jeanne is currently working on HUMAN RESOURCES and directed all five episodes of the comedy web series. Jeanne’s short films which she wrote and star in, THE CO-STAR (2012) and THE CO-STAR: MASTER ACTING CLASS (2014), have won numerous film fest awards including premiering at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre’s American Cinematheque and LA Comedy Shorts. She has a B.S. in Acting and Music from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan (yes, there really is one) and a M.S. in Educational Psychology from California State University. Jeanne teaches gender studies and Intro to Psych at Citrus College and CS Arts in California. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and white boxer Sammi. Jeanne’s next project is directing that feature film she just finished writing!

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Director Statement

I'm so grateful for the acknowledgement and awards given to us by our supportive film freeway community here! THANK YOU!!!

No Fugu for Yugu can be shown as 3 short episodes 7 minutes each or as a full short at 22 minutes.

I am the "show runner" and usually assign a director, but I chose to direct NO FUGU FOR YUGU. I learned how to edit and fell in love with both directing and editing on this project. (I discovered it's a bit challenging to act two roles simultaneously and direct, so for some scenes, Salme Geransar and Elizabeth Arends pitch in on directing).

I hope the viewer gets as much fun out of watching NO FUGU FOR YUGU as we had making it! I think ridiculous things are funny. This is an offbeat, dead pan, witty, whodunnit + 100% homemade!

Multi-tasking is fun but can be demanding when I’m acting two roles, working the dummy’s (sorry Mrs. J) eyes and mouth, costuming, doing Baroness’s hair, props, set design, and making lunch/Crafty! Dickie (Rich) Sanderson also has a leading role, is the DP, doing sound, lighting, all after sitting in the makeup chair for an hour. My husband does the make-up, our house becomes the set, and we shoot the whole shebang in a four day weekend. IT IS A RIOT!

Working with Rich, Salme, Liz, and Jen, is a wonderful experience because we’re all close friends. It’s really like being part of a theatre company, which is only right because we come from strong stage backgrounds.

We had delays in releasing NO FUGU FOR YUGU due to Covid. We shot in 2019... BEFORE #BLM and BEFORE #MeToo. We released the project February 9, 2022 on Fugu Day in Japan!

We had a $0 budget and probably spent $500 to make MRS. CARMODY & MRS. JELLINECK: NO FUGU FOR YUGU. Luckily Rich had all the equipment we needed!