Film Series

Puppets on Film

 
 
Oct 24—Oct 26, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
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Part of BAMcinématek

BAMcinématek and the Jim Henson Foundation present an annual festival of the best puppetry on film, featuring innovative short films, special guests, and more.


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Screenings
Film
The Dark Crystal Fan Fest
Fri, Oct 24, 2014
 
The Dark Crystal Fan Fest
Fri, Oct 24, 2014
 

This one-night-only event celebrates Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s cult classic The Dark Crystal.

+ Brian, Wendy, and Toby Froud in person
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The Thing
Fri, Oct 24, 2014
 
The Thing
Fri, Oct 24, 2014
 

John Carpenter’s spine-tingling, nightmarish revision of Howard Hawks’ sci-fi thriller features explosive FX, loads of gore, claustrophobic interiors, and unforgettable creature effects by Rob Bottin.

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Shortstack! Kids Shorts Program
Sat, Oct 25, 2014
 
Shortstack! Kids Shorts Program
Sat, Oct 25, 2014
Ages 4+
 

Following last year’s sold-out Puppets on Film weekend, this year’s lineup features a bevy of ingenious shorts for kids young and old. 

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Muppets Most Wanted
Sat, Oct 25, 2014
 
Muppets Most Wanted
Sat, Oct 25, 2014
Ages 5+
 

A case of mistaken identity causes Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang to get mixed up in some international intrigue in the latest madcap Muppet adventure, starring Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and a host of others.

+ Matt Vogel in person
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I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
Sat, Oct 25, 2014
 
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
Sat, Oct 25, 2014
Ages 10+
 

This soul-stirring documentary delves into the life and art of Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who, for over 40 years, has been beloved by television audiences as Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.

+ Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker, and Caroll Spinney in person
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Return of the Jedi
Sat, Oct 25, 2014
 
Return of the Jedi
Sat, Oct 25, 2014
 

Though a showcase for state-of-the-art special effects, the third Star Wars film uses puppetry to bring to life two of its most iconic characters: the sagacious Yoda and the voluminous villain Jabba the Hutt.

+ Kirk Thatcher and Wendy Froud in person
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Attack the Block
Sat, Oct 25, 2014
 
Attack the Block
Sat, Oct 25, 2014
 

A teen gang is pitted against an invasion of savage alien monsters, turning their south London housing project into a sci-fi playground.

+ Terry Notary in person
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Davy Jones' Locker
Sun, Oct 26, 2014
 
Davy Jones' Locker
Sun, Oct 26, 2014
Ages 8+
 

The exquisite marionettes of legendary puppeteer Bil Baird (featured in The Sound of Music) are the stars of this rollicking musical adventure about a young boy who falls in with a band of pirates.

+ Joseph Jacoby and William Tost in person
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Live Action Puppet Shorts
Sun, Oct 26, 2014
 
Live Action Puppet Shorts
Sun, Oct 26, 2014
 

Witness the highest standards of craft and performance reflected in many different styles of puppetry, all on display in this innovative selection of puppet films.

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Tomorrow We Disappear
Sun, Oct 26, 2014
 
Tomorrow We Disappear
Sun, Oct 26, 2014
 

This heartrending documentary captures a vibrant, soon-to-be-demolished community of artists, magicians, puppeteers, and street performers living in New Delhi.

+ Jim Goldblum and Adam M. Weber in person
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Behind the Lid + The Never Bell
Sun, Oct 26, 2014
 
Behind the Lid + The Never Bell
Sun, Oct 26, 2014
 

A deeply moving elegy to playwright/performer Lee Nagrin screens with a tale about two mischievous sisters.   

+ Basil Twist, Steve Lippman, and Emily Lobsenz in person
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Additional programming 
 

Check back next week for more information about workshops and exhibitions.