December 14, 2021
The MVD Entertainment Group’s MVD Visuals Line is releasing a new feature-length documentary about a man who lives above his own puppet theater.
Marionette Land will be released on VOD and DVD on Jan. 18. Advance orders for the DVD may already be placed on Amazon.com. The digital version will be available for advance orders on iTunes and other digital streaming services starting Jan. 4.
Directed and produced by Alexander Monelli of Monelli Films, Marionette Land was hailed as Best Documentary at the 2021 Omaha Film Festival. The film takes viewers behind the curtain of the Lancaster Marionette Theatre and its eccentric owner, Robert Brock, who lives above the tiny theater with his 85-year-old mother, Mary Lou.
Brock has created his own world where he is in total control. He adapts and performs classic family shows like “Peter Pan” and “The Wizard of Oz.” At the age of 62, he brought back his grown-up cabaret show, “Divas and Dames.” The show features Brock dressing up and performing as Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Carol Channing and other famous Hollywood stars of the past alongside a few marionettes.
The film chronicles Brock’s unique relationship with his mother and the revival of his grown-up show while trying to prepare for the puppet theater’s big 30th anniversary. But unforeseen circumstances threaten the charismatic puppeteer’s plans.
Bonus features on the DVD include over 17 minutes of deleted scenes, two Q&A sessions from the Philadelphia Film Festival (where the film premiered) and the Omaha Film Festival, and an audio commentary with director Monelli and Brock.