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BLOCK I | Last Looks

Saturday, March 25 | 7 - 9:30 PM 

Winthrop University | Dina's Place at the DiGiorgio Campus Center

Screenings & Awards

Silence is Golden Film Festival • Puppet Shorts! Detroit Puppet Company • Bridges Festival

Cast & Crew

PUPPETRY | 2022 | 9 min. 07 sec. 


ELIGIBLE | Woman to Watch 

COUNTRY | United States 

LANGUAGE | No Dialogue 

PRODUCERS | Linda Wingerter, Alex Griffin, Jessica Simon 

DIRECTOR | Linda Wingerter 

WRITER | Linda Wingerter


A quiet bus ride home from the city library turns into an aural nightmare for a book-reading commuter. With every stop the bus fills with people and sounds, becoming a chaotic cacophony joyful to everyone but her. Only when the bus finally reaches her seaside stop does she find escape, slipping back into the watery silence of her natural habitat where we discover she is not the average commuter. Misophonia's richly layered and textured world transcends the humble reused materials it’s made from. Filmed with live-performed puppetry on a multiplane stage, puppets made from pizza boxes elegantly move through breathtaking cityscapes of vintage papers and painted cellophane, immersed in an ever-building atmosphere of sound. Misophonia is a 9 minute film by The Stringpullers Puppet Company, written and directed by Linda Wingerter, commissioned by Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams Film Series.

About the Director

Linda Wingerter is an artist and third generation puppeteer performing, filming, teaching, and building puppets and kinetic art as The Stringpullers Puppet Company in Ithaca, New York. Her grandparent’s marionette troupe was her foundation in sculpting, mechanics, and visual storytelling. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and illustrated picture books before returning to puppetry as an apprentice with Puppetsweat of New Haven, Connecticut, performing shadow, table top, and dance-based puppetry around northeastern US. In 2011 she revived her family’s puppet company, The Stringpullers, with Luna's Sea which debuted in New York City at the American Museum of Natural History. She has taught puppetry arts at Yale School of Drama, Boston University, Cornell University, and the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. Linda began putting her work on film in 2019, and received a 2021 Micro-Commision from Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams film series to produce Misophonia, a shadow and paper puppet short film.

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