The Clap

when friend (a little cardboard puppet) wants to join in the 7PM clap for essential workers from the window of their apartment in New York City, they must get inventive to figure out a way to express their love and gratitude.

  • Jon Riddleberger
    Director
    The Memory Trade,
  • Rachael Balcanoff
    Producer
  • Joseph Lymous
    Producer
  • Jon Riddleberger
    Producer
  • Rachael Balcanoff
    Key Cast
    "Puppeteer/Tina Badnews/Roommate 2"
  • Joseph Lymous
    Key Cast
    "Tom Badnews/Roommate 1"
  • Jon Riddleberger
    Key Cast
    "Puppeteer"
  • Rachael Balcanoff
    Art Directors
  • Joseph Lymous
    Art Directors
  • Jon Riddleberger
    Editor
  • Joseph Lymous
    Director of Photography
  • Joseph Lymous
    Sound Design
  • Cameron Orr
    Music by
  • Rachael Balcanoff
    Puppet Design
  • Jon Riddleberger
    Puppet Design
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 3, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Jon Riddleberger

Jon is a member of 3A3 who collaborated to make this film.

3A3 is a Trio of Queer Artists who have come together through the need to quarantine. We seek to nurture a habitat of creative cooperation where our varying skill sets and sense of resourcefulness come together to create playful, reflective, visually driven stories.

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Director Statement

"The Clap" was created as a part of a 48 hour film festival run by the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry. We furiously poured ourselves in to the world of our puppet, friend (who spells their name with a lowercase f and uses the pronouns "they/them"). Through their kindness, inventiveness, and tenaciousness, friend showed us how to actively pursue hope during a hard time in New York City. We hope they do the same for you.