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 hopefull 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.
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.