Featured Artist: Dan Hurlin & PUPPET Documentary

Apr 18, 2012

The emergence of accessible and high definition video online has been opening up the work of performance-based artists to new audiences, i.e. OntheBoards.tv, Pina, TED. A recent entry to the theater-on-camera field is this wonderful documentary directed by David Soll. It features artistry of puppeteer Dan Hurlin. From the movie's press:

PUPPET is a fascinating documentary that interweaves a broad look at the fraught history of American puppetry (its marginalization as children’s theater and its sudden explosion in movies and on Broadway) with an intimate thread following Dan Hurlin, a New York artist who is creating a complex puppet work about Mike Disfarmer – an eccentric, Depression-era photographer. Dan has just recovered from a scorching New York Times review, which forced his last show out of theaters prematurely. Now he faces a wider backlash against puppetry, suggesting an eerie parallel between himself and his new puppet-subject – an outsider artist whose stunning body of work was very nearly lost forever.

Check www.thepuppetfilm.com for more information or go to iTunes to buy the film. For more information on Dan Hurlin's brilliant work, visit danhurlin.org.

Tags: puppetry, Dan Hurlin, documentary, David Soll, Disfarmer

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