Tom Kalin

1986, 03:00 minutes, colour, English


An ironic look at the ties that bind, Puppets evokes the real and symbolic control of parents over children. With playful dark humor, Puppets offers a second look at the seemingly innocuous "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" and finds subtext in what appears to be a simple lesson in ventriloquism. Like my later series Third Known Nest, this early tape explores the language and rhythms of music video.

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