Woman in calavera face paint during Día de los Muertos | Photo from "Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead" ABs10

Jeff Speetjens' Party Puppets

In partnership with Half Cut Tea, a two person team that travels the country looking for artists and telling their stories through short documentary films.
 

Matt and I had wanted to follow around a puppeteer since we began shooting documentaries for Half Cut Tea. I called agents for months trying to find a puppeteer, but it was no use. As a last ditch effort, I put out an ad on Craigslist. A few days after I posted it, we got a response from a guy named Jeff Speetjens. He wrote that he worked at a night club owned by David Arquette called Bootsy Bellows. Being new to the area, we had never heard of this place. Despite our reservations and because of our desperate search for a puppeteer, we decided to go for it.

 


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