After seeing some footage of Dan Hurlin’s Disfarmer we can’t to see it performed in the Hunter Center this week. The show looks profound, humorous, and stunningly beautiful so it’s no surprise to us that Hurlin’s work with Disfarmer was captured for not one but two documentary films.
Puppet (Watch a Trailer), directed by David Soll and featuring Dan Hurlin and the puppets of Disfarmer, asks the question how can a block of wood be so moving?¬†¬†After a century as children’s entertainment, American puppetry has exploded as serious art. But puppeteers still face uninformed critics, lack of funding and marginalization as they struggle to create relevant theater in this ancient form.
Disfarmer: A Portrait of America (Watch a Trailer), directed by Martin Lavut and produced by Dennis Mohr,¬†discovers an American master in the enigmatic story of Mike Disfarmer. With in-depth interviews with local residents of his home town of Heber Springs, Arkansas; gallery owners and photography experts who introduced his work to the art world; and Dan Hurlin, a contemporary artist making work inspired by Disfarmer’s legacy, the film explores the disparate worlds brought together by their shared interest in this misanthropic portrait photographer.
Before you see Hurlin on the big screen in these two films, catch him at the FREE¬†artist talk on Thursday, May 6 and see him in action during the full production of Disfarmer this Saturday, May 8 at 8 PM or Sunday, May 9 at 3 PM in the Hunter Center.