Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, February 11, 2012

4:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/2010—directed by David Soll)

Unlike everywhere else in the world, America has long thought of puppetry as a children’s medium, relegated to sock puppets and kids' television. Since the nineties, however, puppets have been on the American mind–from the avant-garde fringe to the Metropolitan Opera. At the center of the brilliant new documentary
Puppet is Dan Hurlin’s Disfarmer, a complex puppet work about a legendary Depression-era portrait photographer named Mike Disfarmer. Beginning two years before its premiere performance, the film chronicles the entire process: illuminating both the history of American puppetry as well as its current renaissance. (74 min.)

“A revelation! The more the process is revealed, the more miraculous it appears.” –Variety