Smoking Monkey has spent nearly 25 years bringing the message, the mission and the spirit of our clients to the world. Whether it's commercial, corporate or documentary, broadcast or social media, we make the moving images that deliver passion, style and humor.
Who We Are
Anthony Wood is a writer, actor, director and producer with over 25 years experience in film and video production. He has amassed dozens of feature and short film screenplays, and over 45 short and full-length stage plays, including the cult holiday hit, A Cudahy Caroler Christmas. His written work can be seen here.
Claudia Looze is an Emmy Award-winning producer/director with projects that include: The Making of Milwaukee; A Partner To Genius; Three Wright Eras; Love & War ; and Milwaukee: A City Built On Water. She has produced projects with Public Television, WisconsinEye, and The Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin Foundation.
The Making of Milwaukee – 5-hour series, 2006
This 5-hour documentary series present Milwaukee's story from the earliest days of Native Americans, through the tumult of the 1960s, to the city of the early 21st Century. Host and Milwaukee historian, John Gurda, introduces the colorful personalities who wove the tapestry that is Milwaukee and celebrates the city's rich ethnic heritage as well as the industrial prowess that made Milwaukee the "machine shop of the world."
(Emmy Award, 2007)
The Making of Milwaukee: The Next Chapter – 1/2 hour, 2016
This one-hour update to The Making of Milwaukee continues where the original series left off, continuing the story of Milwaukee's history from 2006 - 2016, a decade of dramatic change as old struggles persist and a new Milwaukee rises.
(Telly Award, 2018)
Milwaukee: A City Built on Water – 1 hour, 2015
Water runs through Milwaukee's history like a river. Learn how water influenced the city of Milwaukee then and now. This intriguing documentary looks back at the beginning of Milwaukee's relationship with water, how it was used for work and play, and what we need to do to protect this precious freshwaters resource moving forward.
(Milwaukee Press Club Award, 2015)