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What are we?

A part of Heather Henson's Ibex Puppetry, Handmade Puppet Dreams is a traveling film series that promotes independent artists exploring their handmade craft specifically for the screen. These films all focus on real-time puppetry, and allow artists to build their vision, and then breathe life into their dreams. 

Founded in 2004, Handmade Puppet Dreams now includes seven main volumes of films, two volumes for families, and many unique collections. With this series, Heather Henson (along with Alex U. Griffin, Jessica Simon as the Micro-Commission Coordinator, and formerly Sam Koji Hale as Producer) have set out to showcase a new generation of puppeteers and puppet artists who embrace film as a medium for artistic expression. 

Who is Handmade Puppet Dreams?


JESSIA SIMON | 2020 Micro-Commission Film Co-Producer

PEDRO ALEJANDRO | General Ibex Puppetry Social Media & Marketing



SAM KOJI HALE | Director, Volume Curator, and Producer

Director - Yamasong


Volume V & VI Curator, Volume VII Co-Curator

Overseeing Producer - Handmade Puppet Dreams Film Series, 2010-2020


Short Film Producer - The Narrative of Victor Karloch, Hitori, Lessons Learned, Melvin the Birder, Ichabod: Sketches from Sleepy Hollow, Nature Calls, Amaterasu, The Legend of Rasputin, Yo Soy Taino, Bunny Love, Cosmic Fling

MARSIAN DE LELLIS | Volume IV Curator 

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