A short film created to reach out to those who might benefit from a monkey helper.

Imagine a Monkey is the fourth film produced by Trillium Studios for Helping Hands Monkey Helpers. The first, Monkey Do, was commissioned by AARP for the health section of their website. Megan Talbert, the Director of Helping Hands noticed the care we took with that film and asked us to make two more films to tell their story to potential donors. They screened And then a Monkey and Judy and Sophie’s Story at large fundraising events, in one-on-one meetings, and on their website.   

Imagine a Monkey took us in a slightly different direction. Helping Hands had received a grant from the Ludwick Family Foundation supporting their efforts to reach out to injured veterans. This time our film had to help set realistic expectations for new applicants, meaning we had to get even closer to those who had experienced life with a monkey helper.

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. 

Client: Helping Hands Monkey Helpers
A film by Cary & Yari Wolinsky

Helping Hands Monkey Helpers is a national nonprofit serving quadriplegics and other people with severe spinal cord injuries or mobility-impairments by providing highly trained monkeys to assist with daily activities. Through the generous support of donors and volunteers, their monkeys are placed at no cost with disabled people and their families. For more information, please visit