Published on October 8th, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Director Kyra Elise Gardner On “Living With Chucky” Screening At Screamfest, “Studio 666” & More

The Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the largest and longest-running horror film festival in the United States. Last month Screamfest announced its lineup of competitive features and shorts for its 22nd edition — which takes place from October 11, 2022 through 20, 2022 at the TCL Chinese Theater — and that includes Living With Chucky. Written and directed by Kyra Elise Gardner, who grew up alongside the Child’s Play franchise, this documentary seeks out other families surrounding the film series as they recount their experiences working on the ongoing horror franchise and what it means to be a part of the “Chucky” family. Participating interview subjects featured within Living With Chucky include Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Fiona Dourif, Don Mancini, John Waters and Marlon Wayans.

Living With Chucky is far from the only credit for director Kyra Elise Gardner. She worked on the acclaimed Hulu show Reboot, which The Hype recently featured via a series of junket interviews. She edited the official behind-the-scenes documentary related to the Foo Fighters horror-comedy Studio 666. Her credits also include Inked, Phoebe, and the Living With Chucky predecesor The Dollhouse.

On October 7, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with Kyra Elise Gardner via Zoom, as embedded below. More on Gardner, Living With Chucky and Screamfest can be found here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal.Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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