• A shadow puppetfilm based on the memoirs of “Lefty the Sodbuster” tells the story of an unexpected encounter on the Saskatchewan prairie in 1904. From a Community History Book of first-person narratives called “Prairie Progress: Commemorating the Macrorie District” found in the Prairie History Room at the Regina Public Library in Regina Saskatchewan.

Film and screening info

  • 3 minutes, 2011
  • Screenings:
    5/2013: Screening Under the Steeple, Cathedral Village Arts Fest., Regina, SK
    4/2013: International Puppet Underground Film Fest, Regina, SK
    3/2013: International Festival of Animated Objects, Calgary AB


  • Adapted, designed, and directed by Chrystene Ells.
    Puppets, sets, and puppeteering by Chrystene Ells, Sarah Huber, and Amy Mantyka
    Additional puppeteering by Kristine Dowler and Noelle Duddridge
    Cinematography by Berny Hi
    Narration by Paul Gui-Crepeau
    Additional voices supplied by Mark Claxton and Berny Hi
    Post production and editing by Chrystene Ells and Tessa MacIntyre
    Banjo by Sarah T. Ells
  • Thank you: Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, Prairie History Room at the Regina Public Library, University of Regina, Gordon Pepper, May P. Chan, and
  • Made possible in part by the Saskatchewan Arts Board