Private Project


"Amaterasu" is based on an ancient Japanese tale about the sun goddess, Amaterasu, and her stormy relationship with her brother Susanowo. The sets and marionettes in this film are made of found objects.

  • Christine Papalexis
  • Christine Papalexis
  • Sam Koji Hale
    Yamasong: March of the Hollows (2017), Lessons Learned (2014), Narrative of Victor Karloch (2012)
  • Heather Henson
    Executive Producer
    Handmade Puppet Dreams
  • Keiko Agena
    Key Cast
    Gilmore Girls (2000-07, 2016), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
  • Anil Margsahayam
    Key Cast
    A Little Bit Pregnant (2017), Feeding Mr. Baldwin (2013), Disposable: The Musical (2017),
  • Christine Papalexis
    Key Cast
    Dave Made a Maze (2017), Annabelle: Creation (2017), the muppets (2015-16)
  • Greg Ballora
    the muppets (2015-16), Crash and Bernstein (2014), Team America: World Police (2004)
  • Kristin Charney
    the muppets (2015-16),
  • Adrian Rose Leonard
    Yamasong, March of the Hollows (2017)
  • Alison Mork
    Pee-Wee's Playhouse
  • Jack Pullman
  • Robin Walsh
    SpongeBob SquarePants, The Oscars - "Flight" Parody
  • Alex Griffin
    Director of Photography
    Yamasong: March of the Hollows (2017), The Kara Morgan Show (2017), Crammed in a Bottle (2017)
  • Alex U. Griffin
  • Trey Stokes
    Pink Five Saga (2002-09), Lavalantula (2016)
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 24, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Christine Papalexis

Christine Papalexis started her puppetry career performing with marionettes at Bob Baker Marionette Theater in LA. Moving into film, tv, videos and commercials, she worked with hand puppets, cable-controlled, animatronic and hydraulic puppets. Her first feature was a Roger Corman gem, puppeteering a giant cockroach creature with buckets of blood and slime. She has worked with creature effects companies building and puppeteering aliens, a bull, a gorilla, a sex scene with marionettes, a martian, a couple of penguins, a pink teddy bear and more. Papalexis has also created live marionette shows made of found objects. This short film, Amaterasu, is based on one of those shows and was commissioned by Heather Henson's company, Handmade Puppet Dreams. Favorite credits include: Kidding, Team America: World Police, Dave Made a Maze, the muppets (2015), Men in Black 2, Alien Resurrection. Christine is a past president of the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry and has published several articles on puppetry in various publications. She also co-created a short documentary, Gloria's Call, which has screened in film festivals around the world.

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