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Posted on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 4:30 p.m.

Dreamland Theater puppets will be part of Benicio del Toro feature film

By Jenn McKee

Ypsilanti blogger Mark Maynard has published an interview with Dreamland Theater owner Naia Venturi, whose puppets (and puppetry) were recently part of a feature film shoot - specifically, "A.K.A. Jimmy Picard," starring Oscar winner Benicio del Toro.

Based on a book titled "Reality and Dream: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian," by George Devereux, the movie is about a therapist's treatment of a Blackfoot nation World War II veteran (del Toro) who's suffering from PTSD. At one point, a puppet troupe comes to perform "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in the facility where Picard is being treated.

The starting point of Venturi's involvement was her friendship with photographer Jamie Klenk, who's working as an art production assistant for the film.

Read the full interview on

Jenn McKee is the entertainment digital journalist for Reach her at or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.


Linda Peck

Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 8:51 p.m.

I was hoping to see pictures of the beautiful puppets Naia makes.