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She Was Crying Sugar

A candied couple gets into sticky situations as they embark on an adventure through a sugar-coated wonderland.

  • Tommy Simms
    Director
    The Legend of Leatherface Larry, Genie Gypsy Woman, Reanimation of The Imagination, Killing Time
  • Fuzzysurf
    The Band
    Denny, Killing Time
  • Tommy Simms
    Writer
    The Legend of Leatherface Larry, Genie Gypsy Woman, Reanimation of The Imagination, Killing Time
  • Joe Ludwig
    Writer
    Denny, Killing Time, Glass
  • Sean Lehner, Fuzzysurf
    Producer
    Denny, Killing Time
  • Tommy Simms
    Animation
    The Legend of Leatherface Larry, Genie Gypsy Woman, Reanimation of The Imagination
  • Joe Ludwig
    Compositing
    Denny, Killing Time, Glass
  • Joe Ludwig
    Live Action Cinematography
    Denny, Killing Time, Glass
  • Ann Vollrath
    Sets
    Genie Gypsy Woman, Reanimation of The Imagination, Killing Time
  • Sean Lehner
    Key Cast
    "Fuzzysurf Candy Shoppe Quartet"
    Denny, Killing Time
  • Corey Murphy
    Key Cast
    "Fuzzysurf Candy Shoppe Quartet"
    Denny, Killing Time
  • Ben Giddens
    Key Cast
    "Fuzzysurf Candy Shoppe Quartet"
    Denny, Killing Time
  • Mike Roy
    Key Cast
    "Fuzzysurf Candy Shoppe Quartet"
    Denny, Killing Time
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Adventure, Comedy, Music Video, Aniamtion
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 3, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Milwaukee Film Festival
    Milwaukee, WI
    United States
    May 6, 2021
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Vesuvius International Film Festival
    Campagna
    Italy
    May 31, 2021
    International Premiere
    Winner - Best Music Video Clip
  • London Indie Short Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    May 31, 2021
    London Premiere
    Semi Finalist
  • International Music Video Awards
    London
    United Kingdom
    June 24, 2021
    Honorable Mention - Best Animated Music Video
  • Rome Music Video Awards
    Rome
    Italy
    July 16, 2021
    Honorable Mention - Best Animated Music Video
  • 2D & 3D Animation Film Festival
    Sant’Angelo dei Lombardi
    Italy
    August 10, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Beet Street Music Video Showcase
    Milwaukee, WI
    United States
    October 9, 2021
  • Hobnobben Film Festival
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
    United States
    October 15, 2021
    Official Selection
  • #MoStopMo - Stop Motion Shorts Festival
    YouTube
    United States
    November 27, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Los Angeles Animation Festival
    Burbank, California
    United States
    December 4, 2021
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Winner - Best Mixed Media
  • International Cosmopolitan Film Festival of Tokyo
    Tokyo
    Japan
    February 11, 2022
    Japan Premiere
    Semi-Finalist
  • Green Bay Film Festival
    Green Bay, Wisconsin
    United States
    March 4, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Tommy Simms

Tommy Simms is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker who specializes in stop-motion animation. Earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, his senior animation went on to be showcased at the Festival de Cannes. For years, he taught at art camps across the United States, inspiring younger generations with puppetry and stop-motion. Those classes continued online via Out of Toon Studios - an animation studio dedicated to teaching while creating original content. Tommy's had films featured on PBS, in theatre productions, and at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. His animated adventures continue through the production of independent films and music videos.

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Director Statement

Is everything really fine and dandy in the land of candy? Sweetie and Sugar Daddy discover how sour things can get as they set out to rescue their kidnapped pet gummy worm. Inspired by the slapstick humor of the 1930s Fleischer Studios films, SUGAR applies that classic rubberhose cartoon style to stop-motion animation, bringing candy characters to life in a sugar-coated wonderland. Breaking the fourth wall, the Fuzzysurf band members narrate the story as a candyman quartet. Directed & Animated by Tommy Simms, with Live Action Cinematography & Compositing by Joe Ludwig, and Sets by Ann Vollrath, SIMWIG Productions delivers a sugar rush that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.