THE MONKEY COLLEGE
IMAGINE A MONKEY
Bradley Maze was paralyzed while diving in a quarry pond with friends. Stephany Glassing was playing chicken with another car when she was badly injured. Tim Jeffers lost both his legs when a roadside bomb exploded while he was on patrol in Iraq. Imagine a Monkey follows the stories of these three people. Their lives were dramatically changed–first by traumatic accidents and, again, when they chose to invite a monkey helper into their homes.
JUDY & SOPHIE'S STORY
Judy met George while on a sailing trip in the Caribbean. They fell in love, married, and began an active life in Vermont. From the moment Judy discovered she had progressive multiple sclerosis, life for the couple began to change in ways they could have never predicted. By the summer of 2011, Judy had long lost her ability to walk and most of the motion in her upper body. George had become a full time caregiver. This is the story of how Sophie, a capuchin monkey, came to change both of their lives.
AND THEN A MONKEY
Filmmakers Cary and Yari Wolinsky travel throughout the country to document the work of Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled. From Massachusetts to California, with many stops in between, the film reveals the true magic behind the organization's mission and reminds us of the power of compassion, dedication, and philanthropy.
The miraculous bond between man and monkey is illustrated when Craig Cook, a quadriplegic, is introduced to Minnie; and the moment in which they become partners in life, bound by trust and love.
MONKEYS IN A MINUTE
Beginning in 2012, Helping Hands asked us to begin producing short monthly videos that would show a behind-the-scenes look at the organization, as well as focusing more intently on subjects that the longer films can only touch on. We recorded interviews on specific subjects and used great footage from previous shoots to make more than a dozen new videos. Below is a selection of Monkeys in a Minute episodes. You can see all of them here.