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Walking the Ghats of Varanasi By Richard Beymer April, 2010
September 29th, 2012 Puppet 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 April 2012 10th Anniversary Slide Show Ten years of ICON hightlights compiled and edited by Allen Cobb April 2012 PBS Art:21, Season Six Four Consecutive Thursdays, ICON Exclusive February 2011 Experimental Film Shorts Sue Hettmansperger, Larry Fritts, WalterSeaman Katherine Eberle Allen Cobb Matthew Kluber Gillian Brown Marlene De Souza Brian Smith Jay Johnson Radim Schreiber Jim Meyer July 2010 Tiny Circus Animation Workshop and Shows 2010 2009 2008 2008 2007 2006 2005