Join the Boston Area Guild of Puppetry and Somerville Media Center in celebrating World Day of Puppetry with an evening of short puppetry films for families on Friday, April 6. Beginning at 7 p.m., singing sheep, piano-mouth puppets and an updated “Old Mother Hubbard” fill the screen in “Handmade Puppet Dreams for Families, Volume 1,” an episode of a traveling film series created by puppet artist Heather Henson. The film evening continues at 8 p.m. with Puppet Showplace Resident Artist Sarah Nolen’s “Treeples,” in which girls join forces with lively forest creatures to rid the woods of monsters, followed by Brooklyn puppeteer Spencer Lott’s chocolate drama “Cupcake” and other independent short films. All are invited to a public reception for «Puppet Film Night» at 6:30 at the venue.
Through the “Handmade Puppet Dreams” series, Heather Henson has set out to showcase a new generation of puppeteers and puppet artists who embrace film as a medium for artistic expression. Volume 1 includes artists Paul Andrejco, Laura Heit and Sesame Street’s Leslie Carrera-Rudolph, among others. The films are best for ages 4 through 104. For more information please see Handmade Puppet Dreams for Families.
«Treeples» is a 21-minute film created as Sarah Nolen's University of Connecticut Puppet Arts MFA production, and then selected for screening at the Atlanta Film Festival (2016) and KidFilm Festival in Dallas. Click here to see a trailer: sarahnolen.com/treeples/