It’s a real shame that Hollywood dismisses independent filmmakers because they’re not rich, elitist or “pretty” as them with their shitty facelifts and sag-away boob jobs. Any filmmaker worth a shit will tell you that it takes plenty of grit, know how and passion to tell a good story on zero budget utilizing art’s most expensive canvas.

The film Swamp Ape accomplishes to tell an outstanding monster story made on less than a shoestring budget. Director and founder of Hollyward Films Geoff Ward bleeds cinematic passion and is not shy to publicly be his own worst critic but this exposes something lost on Hollywood – humility.

Screen shot of a recent comment on Youtube.

Swamp Ape was my pick for film of the year for 2016 and it wasn’t because of special effects or A-list actors — it was because Swamp Ape’s the most entertaining monster movie since Gremlins 2. I was humbled and surprised when the filmmakers decided to add to the thank you section as the credits rolled. Florida should be proud of this film. This is our movie. Far, far away from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and deep into the realm of our own twisted South Florida psyche.

The outpouring of support is starting to show as Hollyward’s Youtube channel now has more than 100,000 subscribers. Ward celebrated the occasion by showing off his plaque from Youtube. Mazel tov Geoff! Here’s to Swamp Ape 2!

Here’s the full-length Swamp Ape film. 

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Chuck Livid

Chuck Livid hails from Miami, Florida. He did a zine in the '90s called Muddy Chaos and is best known for his work with independent music label Livid Records. Chuck lives in Boca Raton, Fl with his wife illustrator Helena Garcia and their son Nico. He founded and hosts's official music podcast - Another Music Podcast which is available on iTunes & Google Play

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