Puppet Film Series premieres in Detroit

The Detroit Puppet Company is collaborating with Cinema Lamont to create a summer series that brings film and puppetry together. 

Still from what's considered to be the first feature-length animated film, "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" (1926).

Cinema lovers and fans of the wonderful art of puppetry, unite! Beginning Friday, Aug. 5, the Detroit Puppet Company (DPC) is collaborating with Cinema Lamont, a local nonprofit that brings incredible world cinema to Detroit, to create a summer series that brings film and puppetry together.

The Puppet Film Series covers a range of historic and contemporary films, from what’s considered the first feature-length animated film, 1926’s “The Adventures of Prince Achmed,” to celebrated screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s latest work, filmed entirely in stop-motion animation.

Detroit Puppet Theatre Company founder Carrie Morris and Cinema Lamont’s Josh Gardner spoke with CultureShift about the history of puppetry in film and some of the great movies they’ll be screening at the DIA and at the DPTC’s Hamtramck location this month.

Gardner says the series will exceed public perceptions of what puppetry can do.

“Some of their stuff is really out there so I think people should really come see it on the big screen … It’s a great opportunity to get out and see some amazing art.”

Listen: Morris and Gardner talk what to expect from Puppet Film Series.


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  • Amanda LeClaire
    Amanda LeClaire is an award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. She’s a founding producer of WDET’s flagship news talk show Detroit Today, and a former host/reporter for Arizona Public Media. Amanda is also an artist, certified intuitive and energy healer, and professional tarot reader.