Mark Goffman’s new documentary Dumbstruck is a humorous and heartfelt story of five ventriloquists as they pursue their dreams of a career in puppetry. The film follows the performers as they take their acts across the United States, the Mexican Riviera, the Bahamas and Japan. The film’s true life characters include Kim, a former Miss Ohio beauty queen yearning for her big break; Dan, a thriving cruise ship performer whose wife may divorce him when he comes ashore; Dylan, an introverted 13-year-old with dreams of hitting the professional circuit; Wilma – all six-foot-five of her – a former security guard who brings her dummies to senior homes and Wal-Marts; and Terry, who struggled for decades as a small-time performer before winning America's Got Talent on his way to a $100 million contract to headline the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas. It won the Best of the Festival in the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
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