A Recycled War: One Soldier’s Journey Told with Cardboard and Paper

| November 10, 2015

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A Series of Kinetic Sets Tell a Story: Beautifully rendered cardboard sets and characters and a seemingly weightless camera capture an astonishing voyage of immigration, love, and World War II in a single take.

Through the painstaking transformation of a series of cardboard boxes, Shannon Kohlitz brings a box of cherished keepsakes to life, recalling a tale of love and heartbreak that spans decades and continents. Before you toss out a seemingly useless heirloom, ask yourself, “If inanimate objects could speak, what stories would they tell?”

Directed by Shannon Kohlitz. Made at University of Michigan.


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Series Producer
Lisa Landi

Associate Producer
Julia Shackelford

Peter Borg

Zaldy Serrano
Christina Zee White

Original Music
Written and Produced by

John Andrieni

Kevin Cooke
Marie K Lee

Social Media Specialist
Aldo Mora-Blanco

Sarah Hoffner

On Air Promotion
Bridget Louie

William Lowery
Abby Staeble

Director of TV Production
Sandy Schonning

Executive Producer
Scott Dwyer