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The Legend of Rasputin


The Legend of Rasputin

BLOCK A | Opening Night

THEME: Delightfully Different

WEDNESDAY  |  7 - 9 PM

Puppetry | 2017 | 12 min. 40 sec.
Official Selection
Suggested Rating | PG-13
Country | Canada
Language | English
Producer | Heather Henson
Director | Jamie Shannon
Writer | Jamie Shannon
Cast | Marty Stelnick
[8th Fantastic Planet Film Festival • REEL PUPPETS FILM FESTIVAL • JIM HENSON STUDIOS (Handmade Puppet Dreams) • Victoria Film Festival • Toronto Shorts International Film Festival • Atlanta Film Festival  Julien Dubuque International New Jersey  Montclaire Film Festival  WildSound Festival]
A chapter in the life of Grigori Rasputin through puppets.


Jamie Shannon is a well known Pupeteer and Showrunner who has created over 500 hours of Broadcast Childrens television. 

Inspired by the legendary Jim Henson, Jamie created his own troupe of puppets whilst attending film school, the quirky characters known as 'the Grogs' soon found a home on Canadian cable channel YTV. Performing daily as live on-air hosts for the network for 3 years, culminating with a 24 hour channel takeover. 

THE GROG’S, success led Jamie to create the long running preschool series NANALAN, based on his Nana’s backyard. Nanalan aired on Nick Jr, PBS, CBC and was sold into 30 countries around the world. The series garnering three nominations and winning 2 Gemini awards (Best Writing and Best Performance in a Preschool Series).  

After Nanalan Jamie created the equally successful cult teen puppet series MR MEATY for Nickelodeon. Once again he puppeteered and voiced multiple characters as well as writing and directing for the series. In addition to MR MEATY, Jamie worked for numerous networks; creating the characters of Ooh & Aah for the Disney series OOH, AAH & ME. Directing the pilot and overseeing the first series of BIG AND SMALL for the BBC. Directing and creating characters for the entire second season of GIVER, a documentary style show for TVO, and creating and also providing the voices for several characters YTV’s animated series WEIRD YEARS. 

An experienced director and master puppeteer Jamie has brought to life unique characters for countless projects. Including music videos for the likes of SIA and KID ROCK. Short films such the 2013 Sundance short film, WAKENING; the Spike Jonze produced HIGGLETY PIGGLETY POP; and for Heather Henson’s Ibex Films THE LEGEND OF RASPUTIN. Live action series such as R.L. Stines GOOSEBUMPS, The Comedy Channel’s HOT BOX and the Sinking Ship’s ODD SQUAD on PBS and CBBC. As well as hundreds of commercials and print campaigns. 


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