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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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




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.