Shaken by the news of his father’s dementia, artist Maleonn creates “Papa’s Time Machine,” a wondrous time-travel adventure performed on stage with life-size mechanical puppets. Through the play’s production, he confronts his own mortality. Maleonn finds grace and unexpected joy in this moving meditation on art, the agonies of love and loss, and the circle of life.

The film is supported by ITVS, Catapult Film Fund, Sundance Institute and Tribeca Film Institute.


“A tender and visually striking film about using art to combat the unrelenting difficulties of aging.”

—David Morgan, CBS News

“An uplifting celebration of the love between a son and his father…an elegant, focused piece of storytelling.”

—Allan Hunter, Screen Daily