About Us

Montivagus (Latin for "climbing the mountain") Productions was founded in 1989 by Director Bryan W. Simon and Executive Producer Timothy T. Miller. Along with Producer Marjorie Engesser, their mission is to bring promising and unique works to the large and small screen.


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Our Films

Crooked Creek

In Development

Returning home, a widow, recovering from cancer, attempts to find the fortune her husband left buried somewhere on their farm when her estranged nephew turns up to hunt for the money himself.

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Along for the Ride

In this critically acclaimed award-winning feature, two estranged brothers are forced to take a surreal and heartfelt journey to understanding, when they pick up the body of their deceased father in Mexico. A father they haven’t seen in over 20 years.

"…fresh and compelling, nothing short of amazing. This film rises well above the lackluster status quo of current indie cinema."- Russell Smith, The Austin Chronicle
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I'm No Dummy

This whimsical and insightful hit comedy doc about ventriloquism examines the world of "venting", illustrating that this perceived novelty act is an extraordinary art form. Featuring veteran ventriloquists, Tony Award® winner Jay Johnson of sitcom SOAP fame, two time Comedian of the Year, Jeff Dunham and Campus Entertainer of the Year Lynn Trefzger.

"The new, two-disc, super-sized DVD release of I’m No Dummy, one of the best documentaries ever made about ventriloquism. Do yourself a favor and get the I’m No Dummy DVD — it could make you more of a convert to vent."
– Ken Tucker, Yahoo TV
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I'm No Dummy 2

The Not So Lost Footage features outtakes, uncut and uncensored interviews and some extras in this follow-up to the hit comedy doc I’M NO DUMMY.

IND 2 continues the original documentary's examination of "venting", illustrating that this perceived novelty act is an extraordinary art form. Veteran ventriloquists Jeff Dunham, Terry Fator, Jay Johnson, Lynn Trefzger, and Tom Ladshaw, along with other members of the ventriloquist community and their "partners", give us a rare glimpse into the humorous delight and creative invention involved in how these unique entertainers do what they do

"I'm really glad they made it available. ...smart, very funny..."- The Reader
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Jay Johnson: The Two & Only!

The big screen adaptation of the unique, solo Tony® Award winning Broadway. Jay Johnson is a master storyteller and ventriloquist who redefines, re-imagines, and reintroduces you to the wonderful art of ventriloquism.

"I strongly recommend this DVD and trust me, it is worth going out of your way for."- Nicholas Sheffo, Fullview Drive-In
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The Second Room

In this critically acclaimed award-winning film, Stanley, a frustrated architect, has no idea what he wants, much less how to get it. He navigates the narrow ledge between fantasy and reality watching the daily activities of the unsuspecting Moira.

"Simon crafts an intelligent thriller that never disappoints."
– Patrick Hickey Jr., ReviewFix.com
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