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Puppet

Directed by David Soll
"Without being alive, they seem to have all that is necessary to life." -New York Times, 12/23/1932

Overview

Genre
Culture, Arts, and Biography
Synopsis

Unlike almost everywhere else in the world – where puppets are embedded in religion, folk crafts, and high art – America has long thought of puppetry only as a children’s medium, relegated to sock puppets and kids television. Since the nineties, however, serious, adult puppetry has exploded in the United States. Although it still sits at the fringe, there has been a marked increase in press coverage of the puppet world and every year sees more high-profile productions featuring puppets. On Broadway, in the avant-garde, and even at the Metropolitan Opera, puppets are suddenly on the American mind.

Puppet consists of three main threads that are woven to bring viewers inside the world of New York and American puppetry. We see a verite presentation of a puppet show in development over two years, we take a look at the strange history of American puppetry, and we jump into the contentious debate surrounding puppetry which asks: are puppets more interesting than actors?

Treatment
Show treatment
Stage
in post-production

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Burnside Films
Country
United States
Years of Production
2007-2010
Locations
New York City, NY; Hudson, NY; Little Rock, AR; Heber Springs, AR; Los Angeles, CA
Prod. Partners
Jared Ian Goldman

Distribution Details

Photos

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