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Puppets Rule At BAM Retrospective Series

Written by: FFT Webmaster | November 9th, 2011

The continued fascination of the public with films featuring puppets will be peaked when Brooklyn’s BAMcinematek presents an extensive program of 54 films (19 features and 35 shorts) over two weekends in November in a series entitled Puppets on Film. It is the most complete survey of live puppetry in cinema ever compiled for both children and adults alike. The series includes an intriguing mix of Muppet movies, seven recent documentaries on the art form, 80s cult classics, a roster of fantasy films, shorts by contemporary artists, and the story of an angry tire. Two dozen special guests will appear in person for Q&As and introductions, including Jim Henson’s daughter Cheryl Henson, president of the Jim Henson Foundation and Heather Henson, artistic director of Ibex Films; actor John Turturro (REHEARSAL FOR A SICILIAN TRAGEDY); downtown performance artist Joey Arias (ARIAS WITH A TWIST); and puppeteers Kevin Clash (ELMO), Martin P. Robinson (TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES) and Basil Twist (ARIAS WITH A TWIST). This series features the North American premiere of the award-winning festival hit KOOKY by veteran Czech director Jan Sverák, the US premiere of the Taiwanese martial arts cult epic LEGEND OF THE SACRED STONE, and a sneak peek of the hugely anticipated release of THE MUPPETS, the first feature film in 12 years to star the beloved puppet menagerie of film and television fame. For more information, visit:


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