Shadow Puppets is a short film set in Belle Epoque Paris about an artist whose model will only pose for him behind a sheet with her shadow projected onto it by a lamp. The images for the film were all made with ink on rough fabric to emphasize the physical and psychological themes of barriers and projection. The score was my first collaboration with the late Gilbert Gundersen, who went on to score Three Days Drowning. Shadow Puppets received more film festival rejections than any other film I have yet made, but also attracted two different directors to ask to develop live action treatments. Although these were never produced, I took it as a sign that the story can get under the skin. The film won an award of recognition at the Hollywood International Motion Pictures Film Festival and was official selection at three other festivals.
Shadow Puppets screened at the Portland Previews Film Festival in 2015 and was broadcast on Oregon Public Broadcasting's Oregon Lens.