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The Cold War is in full swing when a bumbling accountant invites the sweet new neighbors for dinner, only this sad sack hasn't accounted for his darling wife's appetite.

  • Matthew Emery
    BAIT, No Monkey
  • Matthew Emery
    BAIT, No Monkey
  • Jim Holmes
    Key Cast
    "Mickey Maple"
  • Deborah Vancelette
    Key Cast
    "Minnie Maple"
  • Ryan Patrick McGuffey
    Key Cast
  • Shelby Wilson
    Key Cast
  • Matthew Emery
  • TinNGai Chan
    Director of Photography
  • Ring Hyacinth
    Assistant Director
  • Sarah Meehan
    Production Designer
  • Ryan Dow
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    3,600 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Sick n' Wrong Film Festival
    Orlando, FL
    United States
    Nominee: Best Dark Comedy
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    Best Dark Comedy
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    Best Student Director (Male)
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    Best Indie Short
  • Rome Independent Prisma Awards
  • Hollywood Blood Horror Festival
    Los Angeles
    Best Costume Design, Best Hair & Make-Up
  • Florence Film Awards
  • jellyFest
  • Berlin Flash Film Festival
  • Dumbo Film Festival
  • IndieX Film Festival

    Best Dark Comedy
  • Two Roads International Film Festival

    Best Genre-Bender
  • Arizona Underground Film Festival
  • Indie Visions Film Festival
  • Indie Short Fest

  • Great Lakes International
  • Global University Film Awards
    Hong Kong
    Nominee: Best Experimental Short
  • Monkey Bread Tree Awards

    Special Mention
  • Cult Critic Movie Awards
  • Videodrunk
    King Videor (Best of Fest)
  • Genre Celebration Festival
    Nominee: Best Comedy Short/Best Editing
  • Maverick Movie Awards

    Nominee: Best Director
  • We Make Movies International
  • DEFY Film Festival
Director Biography - Matthew Emery

An Arizona native, Matthew Emery studied still photography at Arizona State before moving to California to serve as the Creative Director of Blinking Peacock Productions, Inc. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University, named Outstanding Scholar of the Film and Television Graduate Production Program for the class of 2019, Matthew Emery has written and directed several short films, most recently garnering a Remi Award at the 51st Annual Worldfest-Houston Film and Video Festival for his 2018 horror film, No Monkey and multiple awards including Best Indie Short for his dark comedy, Pâté. Prior films include the 2016 award-winning thriller BAIT.

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Director Statement

It can, with increasing frequency, come to feel as though we live in a world governed by hatred, paranoia, and infighting. It feels like this because we often do.

Some would assert, as many have, that we are part of a continuum and that progress is made slowly, even painfully, as we collectively delouse ourselves of the burrowing sins of our pestilential fathers (and, most likely, some pretty grody mothers, too). Others would ask, “What sins?” and then proceed to vigorously scratch at open sores.

I would like to proffer that, irrespective of our differences, regardless of our preferred realities, we not debase ourselves with bigotry; with violence; with the need to wallow in our basest, most animal predilections.

I alone, a humble filmmaker, have a better solution.

Or... Wanna hear a joke?

-Matthew Emery