Words from Tyler Pistorius:
“I took part in this campaign because I found the story of Ralph Kipniss and the discovery of the lost marionettes to be remarkable. I saw this as a chance to not only grow and develop as a filmmaker under the tutelage of incredibly talented individuals, but also to take part in a film production. As the project grew, it dawned on me how important it is to
save and restore these marionettes. It has been a challenging, profound, and rewarding experience on so many levels.
Mr. Kipniss’ private collection of handcrafted, hand-painted wooden marionettes is the largest of its kind in North America. It ranges anywhere from 1,000-3,000 and they are in danger of extinction. At this point in the campaign, we’ve produced several videos, received a $1,000 donation from a contributor, and gained press coverage from various news outlets, including making the front page of Chicago Sun-Times and a spot NBC Chicago. The campaign is a week away from the deadline. Everyone who has donated so far will be a part of history. To quote my friend, Lew, ‘Marionette puppetry is the first form of animation used by different cultures for different means throughout all of civilization. It is still a living and influential art form.’ Lending a hand to this campaign can save this one of a kind art discovery.”