Yamasong World Premiere at the Atlanta Film Festival
We asked Director Sam Koji Hale to share a behind-the-scenes look at his time at the Atlanta Film Festival for the Yamasong March of the Hollows World Premiere!
Atlanta Film Festival was like a homecoming event! The original “Yamasong” short was a big hit at Dragon-Con in 2010, and I’d been to Atlanta a few times for the Center for Puppetry Arts, one of the only places of its kind with performances, a museum, workshops and more. Atlanta is a home to puppetry arts, so premiering “Yamasong: March of the Hollows” felt like the perfect fit for our unique puppet film!
While in Atlanta I got to reconnect with old friends (many in puppetry), enjoy some fine southern cooking (portions way too large for my California belly!), tour a puppet studio (Zombie Cat/Ninja Puppet), listen to live bluegrass, tour the Center of Puppetry Arts and share our film with an eager audience looking for fresh storytelling and a distinctive visual style. The audience was not disappointed – and my handful of crew, Mallory our producer and I also were treated to a special reception back at the Center for Puppetry Arts by the local puppet community. The love in the room for what we created was unforgettable!
It was a weekend of celebration and new memories for this film’s journey. I am so pleased to be able to share this film with the Atlanta community!
Featured Image (r to l, top to bottom): BJ Guyer – puppeteer, Mallory – producer, Sam Koji Hale – director, Sam Fawaz – puppet builder, Alex Griffin – director of photography, Raymond Carr – puppeteer