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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Museum of the Moving Image to Host Muppet Holiday Screenings

The imaginative, playful, and creative film and television work of Jim Henson will be celebrated every month by Museum of the Moving Image in the screening series Jim Henson's World, often featuring personal appearances by Henson's colleagues. Over the holidays, these screenings-a Rowlf retrospective over Thanksgiving and daily showings of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas over Christmas-will also be complemented by family workshops focused on puppetry.

On December 8, the Museum will present a special screening of Emmet Otter, accompanied by guest speakers, as a tribute to two Henson colleagues who died in the past year: the beloved puppeteer and special effects designer Franz "Faz" Fazakas and longtime producer Diana Birkenfield. Please see below for descriptions and schedule.

In 2015, the Museum will open a permanent gallery devoted to the work of Jim Henson that will showcase many of the puppets, costumes, and other production materials donated to the Museum by the family of Jim Henson.

Tickets for screenings are included with paid Museum admission ($12 adults / $9 seniors and students / $6 children 3-12 / free for Museum members); there is a materials fee for participating in the workshop. Museum members may reserve tickets in advance.

Programs in the series Jim Henson's World are organized by Craig Shemin, President of The Jim Henson Legacy. The Legacy is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization that is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Jim Henson's contributions to the worlds of puppetry, television and motion pictures, special effects and media technology. More information at

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