FILM / VIDEO
September 29th, 2012
Film on Dan Hurlin at ICON
The highly regarded film Puppet by David Soll was screened at ICON Gallery.
The central figure in the documentary, Dan Hurlin, introduced the film.
The film chronicles master puppeteer Hurlin as he heroically plans, produces,
creates and presents his artistic idea-a serious puppet play about Arkansas
rural photographer, Mike Disfarmer.
For three years, film maker David Soll followed Hurlin as he developed Disfarmer, capturing
the gamut of his process, from a research trip to rural Aransas, to gluing tiny bits of paper
onto a plasticene mold, to a rich and fraught rehearsal process, to crushing opening night
reviews. In the words of Ronnie Scheib in Variety, "Parallels between photographer
Disfarmer and puppeteer Hurlin multiply as Disfarmer's paranoia mirrors his creator's:
Both figures are threatened by the notion of the artist and the medium disappearing
forever, be it glass plate photography or avant-garde puppetry." The result is a comprehensive
look at the American puppetry scene that is as enlightening as it is moving.
"The film is not only the story of Dan's quest to produce a serious play using puppets, but
it is a powerful statement about what it is to be a true artist." — Bill Teeple
10th Anniversary Slide Show
Ten years of ICON hightlights compiled and edited by Allen Cobb
PBS Art:21, Season Six
Four Consecutive Thursdays, ICON Exclusive
Experimental Film Shorts
Sue Hettmansperger, Larry Fritts, WalterSeaman
Marlene De Souza
Animation Workshop and Shows