THE LAST DOLL LADY

 

 

Synopsis:

In the 1950s a program called Dolls for Democracy was started. Women known as "doll ladies" would travel to local schools and teach children, through the use of hand carved wooden characer dolls, about why racism and intolerance is wrong. Over the decades the program has faded into obscurity, but one woman has made it her life's mission to reignite a nations passion for the programs hopeful message. Selma Bukstein was one of the original doll ladies, now 60 years later and at the age of 91, she is the last doll lady.

The Last Doll Lady follows Selma's efforts to revitalize the program and pass on its legacy to a new generation.

21min, 2017

 

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Links:

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Awards:

Action on Film Festival- Runner Up Best Short Documentary (2017)

Culver City Film Festival- Audience Award Documentary (2017)

Bare Bones Film Festival- Best Short Documentary (2018)

Silicon Beach Film Festival- Best Inspirational Short Doc (2018)

The Indie Gathering- 2nd place, Best Short Documentary (2018)

Lionshead Film Festival- Best Documentary Short (2018)

Low to No Film Festival- Taryn Hough, Best Director of a Documentary (2018)

Low to No Film Festival- Adler Award for a Documentary (2018)

 

Reviews:

The Independent Critic: "The Last Doll Lady" is Taryn Hough's Best Short Yet

 

Festivals:

EyeCatcher Film Festival

Date/Time: November 8-10, 2018, specific screening time TBD

Location:McAlester, OK, various venues

Nominated: Best Short Documentary

 

 

Female Filmmakers Fuse Film Festival

Date/Time: Nov 2, 2018, 3pm block

Location:Pasadena, CA

 

CRISFF

Date/Time: October 21 2018, 3:45p block

Location:Manhattan, NY

Nominated: Best Documentary

 

Marina del Rey Film Festival

Date/Time: October 17 2018, 2p block

Location:Cinemark Playa Vista And XD

 

 

Lonely Seal Film Festival

Date/Time: October 6 2018, 2:15 block

Location:Regent Theatre, Boston, MA

 

 

Rendezvous Film Festival

Date/Time: September 21, 2018, 1pm block

Location:Amelia Island, Florida

 

 

Silver State Film Festival

Date/Time: September 7th 2018, 2pm block

Location: Century Orleans 18, Las Vegas, NV

 

 

The Indie Gathering

Date/Time: August 11th 2018, 2:25p, Screening room C

Location:Norwood Inn and Suites, Hudson, Ohio

* 2nd place, Best Short Documentary

 

 

Lionshead Film Festival

Date/Time: August 10th and 11th,2018, specific screen time TBD

Location: Spayse Studios, Dallas, TX

* Best Documentary Short*

 

 

Low to No Film Festival

Date/Time: August 2018, screen time TBD

Location: Brendan Theatres, Las Vegas, NV

*WON Best Director of a Documentary and the Adler Award for a Documentary*

 

FLY Film Festival

Date/Time: August 10th at 9pm, August 11th at 3pm (2018)

Location: Enid, Oklahoma

*nominated Best Documentary*

 

Hollywood Dreams Film Festival

Date/Time: August 2018, screen time TBD

Location: Las Vegas, NV

*Nominated: Best Political Documentary*

 

 

Silicon Beach Film Festival

Date/Time: Sunday April 29, 2018 at 4pm

Location:Cinemark Playa Vista And XD

*Best Inspirational Short Doc*

 

Media Film Festival

Date/Time: Saturday April 7, 2018 at 1pm

Location: The Media Theatre, Media, PA

 

 

Bare Bones Film Festival

Date/Time: Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at 11am

Location: 3 Rivers Mueseum, Muskogee, Oklahoma

*Best Short Documentary*

Las Cruces International Film Festival

Date/Time: Thursday, March 4, 2018, at 3:30 in theatre 4

Location: Allen Theatres-Cineport 10, Las Cruces, New Mexico

 

docLAHOMA Film Festival

Date/Time: Sunday, January 14th, 2018, at 2:30p, during Block 2: Finding Yourself

Location: The Paramount in Oklahoma City, OK

 

 

Culver City Film Festival

Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 9th, 2017, at noon

Location:Cinemark 18 at the Howard Hughes Promenade in Culver City, CA

*Audience Choice Documentary Award*

 

Big Water Film Festival

Date/Time: Saturday, Nov 11, 2017, Block 3 (1:30p to 3:30p)

Location: Ashland Bay Cinema in Ashland, WI

 

The Action On Film Festival

Date/time:Saturday August 19th, 2017, 8pm in theater 4

Location:Brandon theatres in Las Vegas, NV (located at The Palms Casino)

*Runner Up award winner for Best Short Documentary*

 

 

Shortz! Film Festival

Date: July 15th, 2017, during Block 3 (starts at 3pm)

Location: Chico Theater Company

 

 

News:

10.4.18 The Last Doll Lady has been accepted to the Marina del Rey Film Festival! We have screened at this location before and are SO excited to screen there again.The screening takes place on Oct 17, during the 2pm block, click here for more details.

 

9.13.18 The Last Doll Lady is coming to New York! The film is an official selection of the Cutting Room International Short Film Festival (CRISFF). The festival takes place in October, in Manhattan.

 

9.6.18 WOWZA! We found out that The Last Doll Lady was accepted to two new festivals! The film will be screening at the Lonely Seals Film Festival, which takes place in October in Boston, MA. The short documentary will also screen at the EyeCatcher Film Festival, which takes place in Oklahoma in November. We are SO EXCITED and shocked!

 

9.3.18 WOOOOOOW! We just found out that The Last Doll Lady won two awards from the Low to No Film Festival! The films director, Taryn Hough,won the award for Best Director of a Documentary, and the film won the Adler Award for a Documentary. We are stunned and thankful! Click here for more info

9.1.18 I just found out that The Last Doll Lady has been accepted to its first women's festival! The film is an official selection of the Female Filmmakers Fuse Film Festival. The festival takes place in Pasadena, CA, Nov 1&2. More info coming soon!

 

8.20.18 We just got word that The Last Doll Lady has been accepted to the Rendezvous Film Festival. This festival looks really cool, and takes place in September in florida. More info coming soon

 

8.14.18 WHOA! The Last Doll Lady won Best Documentary Short at the Lionshead Film Festival. We are shocked and elated over the news, click here for more info

 

8.2.18 The Last Doll Lady was nominated at the Hollywood Dreamz Film Festival for Best Political Documentary! We are honored and humbled by the nomination, fingers crossed!

7.28.18 WOW! We just found out that The Last Doll Lady has been accepted to the Silver State Film Festival. The festival takes place in Las Vegas, NV in the beginning of September, exact screen time TBD.

 

7.25.18 The Last Doll Lady has been nominated for two awards at the Low to No Film Festival! The film was nominated for Best Documentary, and Taryn Hough recieved a nomination for Best Director of a Documentary. How cool is that!?

 

7.20.18 I am so excited to say that The Last Doll Lady has been nominated for an award at the Fly Film Festival. The film was nominated for Best Documentary, and, is screening twice at the festival!!

 

 

7.4.18 We are humbled and excited to announce that The Last Doll Lady is an official selection of The Indie Gathering Film Festival. Not only that, but the film Won 2nd place Best Short Documentary! The film is screening on August 11th at 2:25p, in Hudon, Ohio.

 

 

6.25.18 We just found out that The Last Doll Lady has been selected for the Lionshead Film Festival! The festival takes place in Dallas, Texas, on August 4th. Specific screening time coming soon, we are very excited!

 

6.13.18 Wow! The Last Doll Lady is an official selection of the Low to No Film Festival! The festival takes place in Las Vegas, during the month of August, specific screen time coming soon!

 

 

5.28.18 AHHH! We just found out that The Last Doll Lady is an official selection of the FLY Film Festival! How cool is that!? The festival takes place in Oklahoma, August 9-11. Screen time TBD!

 

5.23.18 We are very happy to say that The Last Doll Lady was accepted to the Hollywood Dreams Film Festival! The fest takes place in Las Vegas, in August. Screening time TBD!

 

5.1.18 WOW! We just found out that The Last Doll Lady won an award from the Bare Bones Film Festival (Best Short Documentary) AND the Silicon Beach Film Festival (Best Inspirational Short Documentary). We are stunned and honored. We have been a fan of the Bare Bones FF for a long time, so to win an award from them feels like a dream! We attended the Silicon Beach FF, which had a great screening and Q&A. Below are some pics from the festivals and awards.

 

4.19.18 The Last Doll Lady screening at the Media Film Festival went great! We were unable to attend, but had friends in the audience who said the film was well received. Below is a photo a friend snapped during the films screening

 

4.1.18 I am so excited to announce that The Last Doll Lady has been accepted to the Silicon Beach Film Festival! The film is screeing on Sunday, April 29th at 4pm, in Los Angeles, CA. Click here to purchase tickets! Click here for more info

 

3.25.18 We just found out that The Last Doll Lady was nominated for Best Short Documentary at the Bare Bones Film Festival! We are thrilled to be nominated at this festival, that alone is like a win!

 

3.23.18 The Media Film Festival has released their schedule! The Last Doll Lady will screen on Saturday April 7th, during the 1pm block. Click here to purchase tickets.

 

3.15.18 We had an amazing time at the Las Cruces International Film Festival! We made so many new friends, saw some amazing films and enjoyed seeing New Mexico for the first time. The Last Doll Lady had a GREAT screening to a packed audience who really enjoyed the film. Click here to see some photos from the festival!

 

2.21.18 We have the screening time for The Last Doll Lady at the Bare Bones Film Festival! The short will screen on Saturday, April 28th at the 3 Rivers Museum venue, during the 11am block. 

2.15.18 We just found out that The Last Doll Lady was accepted to the Media Film Festival! We have attended this festival several times and it is easily one of our favorites! It takes place in Media, PA, April 5-7. Exact screening time coming soon!

 

2.5.18 We have the screening time for The Last Doll Lady at the Las Cruces International Film Festival! The film will screen on Thursday, March 8th, during the 3:30p block in Theatre 4. We're so excited for this screening, click here to purchase tickets

 

2.1.18 This year has started out amazing for us! We are very happy to say that The Last Doll Lady is an official selection of the Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival. This is a great festival run by amazing people, we are honored to be a part of their 2018 lineup. The festival takes place in Mukogee, OK, April 24-29.Specific screen time coming soon

 

1.20.18 Wow! We just found out that The Last Doll Lady has been accepted to the Las Cruces International Film Festival. The festival takes place in New Mexico, March 7-11, screening time coming soon. We are so pumped about this and WILL BE THERE!!!! (Because we're not square)

 

1.6.18 The Last Doll Lady received a wonderful review by Richard Propes at The Independent Critic. We can't even put into words how much we appreciate Richards beautiful review. Click here to read the full review, or enjoy some highlights below:

"The Last Doll Lady centers around Selma Bukstein, who is best described as a 91-year-old national treasure"

"Instead, The Last Doll Lady is simple a poignant tribute to a wonderful woman who has spent the vast majority of her adult life trying to make life better for others"

"The Last Doll Lady feels like a special little film and one can almost feel Hough's affection for the subject matter in every frame"

"With Intelligence and sensitivity, Hough has crafted her best film yet with The Last Doll Lady, a wonderful little doc short that will leave you smiling and grateful and, yes, even a little more aware"

1.5.18 The new year is off to a great start! The Last Doll Lady has been accepted to the docLAHOMA Film Festival! The festival is only screening 19 films, we're honored to be apart of their screening schedule. The Last Doll Lady is screening on Sunday, January 14th at 2:30pm during Block 2: Finding Yourself. The festival is happening at The Paramount in Oklahoma City, Ok

 

12.12.17 Wow! The last few days have been a whirlwind. The Last Doll Lady screened on Saturday at the Culver City Film Festival to a GREAT audience. There were about 100 people in attendance and they loved the movie! We are also thrilled to say that the short film won the Audience Choice Documentary award at the festival! We had an amazing time at and can't thank the festival programmer, director and producer enough for all of their hospitality.Below are some pics from the screening, pics of the award coming soon

 

12.5.17 The Last Doll Lady is screening at the Culver City Film Festival on Saturday, Dec.9th, at noon. We are SO excited to be screening at this fantastic festival. You can purchase your tickets for the festival by clicking here, or at the theater before the screening.

 

11.12.17 I'm so excited to say that The Last Doll Lady is an official selection of the Culver City Film Festival! The festival takes place Dec 4-11, in Culver City, CA. The exact screening date/time coming soon. We're so honored to be screening at this festival and can't wait to attend!

 

10.26.17 Check out this great picture of Director Taryn Hough and Selma Bukstein, with the award The Last Doll Lady won from the Action on Film Festival

9.25.17 We have the screening time for The Last Doll Lady at the Big Water Film Festival! The short documentary is screening on Saturday Nov. 11 during Block 3 (1:30p to 3:30p). The festival takes place in Ashland, WI at the Bay theater. We are so excited for this screening! Click here for more info

 

9.10.17 We are honored to announce that The Last Doll Lady has been accepted to the Big Water Film Festival! The festival takes place in Wisconsin in mid November. The screenings happen in a vintage theater,- how cool is that!? We're super excited for the screening, more info coming soon.

 

9.6.17 We are VERY HAPPY to announce that The Last Doll Lady has won the Runner Up award at the Action on Film Festival for Best Documentary Short! AOF is one of our favorite festivals to attend, winning an award from them is surreal! Pics of the award coming soon

 

8.16.17 We are thrilled and humbled to announce that The Last Doll Lady has been nominated for Best Documentary Short at the Action on Film Festival. We're still in shock at the nomination, thank you to everyone at AOF for recognizing the short film, more info coming soon!

 

8.13.17 We have the screening time for the Action on Film Festival! The Last Doll Lady will screen on Saturday, August 19th at 8pm in theater 4. We are thrilled with our screening block, it's a fantastic time and day! AOF takes place in Las Vegas at the Palms Casino, click here for more info and to purchase your tickets

 

7.31.17 We just found out that The Last Doll Lady is a semi finalist at the Marquee on Main Film Festival! The festival received 723 submissions and narrowed that down to 123 semi finalists and we made the cut! More info coming soon!

6.27.17 We are thrilled to say that The Last Doll Lady has been accepted to the Shortz! Film Festival! The festival takes place July 15-16 in Chico, Ca. The Last Doll Lady is screening on Saturday July 15th during Block 3 (3pm) at the Chico Theater Company. This looks like a really cool festival and everyone who runs it has been so nice! Check back soon for pictures from the event!

 

6.7.17 The Last Doll Lady had a private screening for cast and crew today, and it could not have gone better! This was the first time the short documentary was screened for a room full of people and the reception was wonderful. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out for the screening, we really appreciate it. Below are some photos from the event (click on the photo to see it larger)

 

 

6.1.17 We are so excited to say that The Last Doll Lady has been accepted to it's first film festival! The short will screen at The Action on Film Festival this August in Las Vegas, NV. More info coming soon!

 

5.28.17 The Last Doll Lady has been listed on IMDB

5.12.17 Here is the poster for The Last Doll Lady, we love it! Great work Cherrie Hamilton!

5.9.17 We are thrilled to announce that the Last Doll Lady is finished!!! We are in love with how the documentary came out and can not wait to share Selma's story with the world!!

4.20.17 We shot the poster this weekend and can't wait to share it with everyone! In the meantime, here is a behind the scenes shot from the shoot

 

9.1.16 We have the first edit of the documentary done, and I am so, so, happy with how it looks! We're aiming for a Summer 2017 release date

8.13.16 The Last Doll Lady has a Facebook page. Make sure to like the page to keep up to date with the latest news about the documentary

7.4.16 Wow, wow, wow! Selma and myself were interviewed by The OC Register about the dolls program and about the documentary. The article ran on the front page of the paper over 4th of July weekend! Click here to read the article online.

 

4.10.16 We've had a FANTASTIC few weeks of shooting. Selma's story is really coming together and we can't wait to show you what we've been working on! Enjoy the screen captures in the meantime!

 

10.20.15 The monkey is loving how the footage for our documentary is looking! Below is a raw screen capture of the footage

 

8.16.15 We had a great on location shoot for our documentary at the OC Fair. Below is an image of Selma by her booth at the fair, and talking to people about the program.

 

5.12.15 Selma, the lead in our documentary, also performs as a clown for various organizations. Below are images of Selma and her husband Paul, at a chairity function.

 

3.2.15 Production for our upcoming documentary, "The last doll lady", has officially started! We are so excited to tell their story.

 


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