Personal Testimonial from TUGM Producer Tyler Pistorius


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

(l-r) Tyler Pistorius, Maxwell Mattison, Ralph Kipniss

(l-r) Tyler Pistorius, Maxwell Mattison, Ralph Kipniss.
Ralph was talking about working with Burgess Meredith. He described how kind and sweet natured he was, yet I was constantly picturing Mickey from Rocky. Janis Joplin was playing on a jukebox from the 90s.

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.”

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