Welcome to Lumalin!

They washed up on the shores of Lumalin, apparently – where they often stare at the universe in fear, sometimes in awe, with huge doses of bewilderment and ennui. So please, don’t let adulthood’s atrophied enthusiasm, or smoldering elitism, or even your personal (and correct) certainty that death = oblivion keep you from loving puppet movies again. You just require a different sort of puppet movie now. Lumalin is here to help. *hand on shoulder*

My generation was practically raised on Jim Henson projects. But making feature-length puppet movies when you’re not a Henson – especially bizarre, blasphemous ones – is a kind of Don Quixote charge off into an endless desert of cult filmmaking exhaustion and monomania. Alas, puppets are such philosophically irresistible conduits for the oddest paradoxical thoughts and tangy blasphemies you can have, since they are figuratively a someone/everyone without actually being an identifiable anyone, if you know what I mean.

Perhaps it was best put by Roman Paska in 1992:

“I can think of many good aesthetic and poetic reasons why I work with puppets, but they can’t really explain what moved me to be a puppeteer…demon instinct tells me things my mind can never fathom; that, for instance, the puppet is more intent on being real than being symbolic…but deep inside, I know that puppet theater is as irrational and unnecessary as nature. Like a bird, a planet or a disease. And despite all efforts to feather a nest for puppet theater in contemporary society, it remains a fundamentally deviant, subversive, marginal art form. That may be the most strange and marvelous thing about it.”

Each project takes between 9 and 12 months to do, with lots of bruises from tile floors, wandering angst and caffeinated delusion – but I made the movies totally free to watch: no ads, no fields to fill in, nothin’. I would love it someday if EVERYTHING was “pay as you exit”. Not likely, I know, but taking your money up front is what makes them (the dreaded “them”) get away with Tammy and Transformers 4 and Grown Ups 2 and [insert your least liked movie here]. Lumalin is all free, with tip jar links beneath the movies. Watch them first, tip whatever seems worth it. If you’re already itching to donate, here’s a big cute oversized puppety donation button.

Make a Donation via Paypal

And if you want your own HD copies of these movies at the highest audio/video quality, you’ll find links to buy and download the HD movie file on each page (not expensive).

So just settle back, perhaps sip/ingest your favorite movie relaxant enhancer (highly recommended), and turn off the lights. Headphones (or good speakers), if you can.

To be alerted when a new Lumalin project releases: add yourself to this Email List, and/or subscribe to this YouTube channel, where the trailers appear first.

And, last but not least, Lumalin on Facebook and Twitter.

-Tristan


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