Funded! This project was successfully funded on August 22, 2012.


A documentary that explores the magical collaboration between performance artist Joey Arias and puppeteer Basil Twist.

Did you ever see something so amazing you wished you could take all your friends? Have you ever felt electrified, alive and inspired by a performance and wished you could bottle that exhilaration, just to savor it over and over again?

We are asking friends, family, and fans of inspiring creative collaborations to help us reach our funding goal to fully complete our documentary film: "Arias With A Twist: The Docufantasy".

 Anyone who has experienced a performance by legendary singer/performance artists Joey Arias knows what this means, and if you have ever been fortunate enough to score a ticket to world acclaimed puppeteer Basil Twist’s theatrical extravaganzas you know the transformative power of theatre crafted by this extraordinary creative mind. For example- watch this clip from the show and our film:

  Arias with a Twist: The Docufantasy is our labor of love is to bring Arias With A Twist, the collaboration between these two performance geniuses to everyone, every where, because everyone deserves to be uplifted, inspired and feel the joy that has had audiences standing and cheering around the globe. We know our film, on the show and this magical collaboration, does just that.

We are so close to being able to bottle exhilaration. Arias With A Twist: The Docufantasy is not only the story behind the collaboration of these two uniquely gifted individuals, it is our love letter to the creative spirit. 

We set out to make a documentary, not about war, disease or what is wrong with our government, banking system, or “fill in the blank”.We want people to feel good, and everyone who has seen our film has been moved to awe and some to tears. Sell-out audiences at the Berlin Film Festival and The Tribeca Film Festival have stood and cheered and voted us an audience award prize for our feel-good film. Our goal is to bring our film to many more people; uplift and inspire people everywhere; share this unique documentary with theatre, puppeteer and performance students and allow our legion of fans to experience the magic again and again - but we need your help. 

Joey brilliantly styles the songs of so many famous songwriters in our film, and has appeared on a variety of stages, from Broadway, to TV, to the silver screen, but accessing those performances costs money- money to clear rights, licenses and copyright licensing costs. While we have begged the kindness of many of those whose work has appeared in our film- and the clips shown here- the sheer numbers of our favorites add up. 

If we can gather together a network of friends and fans, we can easily reach our goal of $25,000 to clear all rights so that you, your friends and anyone who wants a creative shot in the arm can go to their favorite streaming venue and watch Arias With A Twist: The Docufantasy.

 Snag Films will be distributing the film IF we are able to clear and pay for the music and film clip rights. If anyone who has enjoyed an evening of theatre anywhere could donate $10, $25, $50, $1,000 or 10,000 for us to reach our goal of $25,000.00 we could reach a new generation of performers, existing fans, or fans to be. We could all relive the wonder and amazement that comes from enjoying something unique and inspiring. All it takes is a little from a lot. Please help us reach our goal by contributing, spreading the word and then enjoying the benefits.


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    The pleasure of supporting the arts, plus the pleasure of listening to your keys jangle from a keychain from the smash off-Broadway sensation "Arias with a Twist"!

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