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Manual Cinema

Manual Cinema: The End of TV

Saturday, June 24, 8 pm | Smith Theatre, Horowitz Center at Howard Community College

Manual Cinema

Manual Cinema

“This Chicago troupe is conjuring phantasms to die for.”
-Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Told as a song cycle with live visuals, and set in post-industrial Detroit, Manual Cinema’s “The End of TV” is a high contrast, sui genre, theatrical meditation that peers through the neon reflections of late 20th century advertising and television culture and into the American imagination as it existed at the onset of the internet age. “The End of TV” weaves together the story of three women: Flo, a career union factory worker, her brain riddled with dementia, struggling to hold onto the memory of her sepia toned blue-collar life. Louise, an aspiring filmmaker who has to follow in her family’s manufacturing footsteps to make ends meet; lastly, Ann, a QVC-style TV sales host who looks to a pseudo-spiritual infomercial cult as a way out of her self-medicated, stress-riddled life. Together, they tell the distinctly American tale of the city of Detroit.

Manual Cinema is a performance collective, design studio, and film/ video production company founded in 2010 by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Ben Kauffman, Julia Miller, and Kyle Vegter. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen. Using vintage overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors, live feed cameras, multi-channel sound design, and a live music ensemble, Manual Cinema transforms the experience of attending the cinema and imbues it with liveness, ingenuity, and theatricality.

Manual Cinema’s work has been featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), The Tehran International Puppet Festival (Iran), La Monnaie-De Munt (Brussels), The Kennedy Center (DC), The Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Noorderzon Festival (Netherlands) and The O, Miami Poetry Festival.

Workshop with Manual Cinema:  June 25, 11 am – 1:00pm, Howard Community College, Horowitz Center – Room 155 | Registration: $10

This workshop includes a mini-lesson on Manual Cinema’s work with video samples. Then we move into Manual Cinema’s audio story techniques with exercises on sound design and music composition and a guided sound walk. Participants learn the basics of cinematic puppetry and the company’s visual storytelling techniques by working directly at the screens (in silhouette) and then with hands-on instructions with the overhead projectors. For the last hour, the students devise short, narrative pieces using the company’s equipment and puppets. The workshop ends with performances (by the participants) and critique.

This engagement of the Manual Cinema is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of the Mid-Atlantic Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Call the Festival Office at 410.715.3044 or download Manual Cinema Workshop Registration Form https://home.columbiafestival.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2017/03/Manual-Cinema-Workshop-Registration-Form.pdf

Saturday, June 24, 8:00 pm
Smith Theatre, Horowitz Center at Howard Community College

Ticket Information:
Section A: $35 | Section A: Student/Senior/Military Discount $30
Section B: $25 | Section B: Student/Senior/Military Discount $20

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Manual Cinema-The End of TV (Official Trailer)

Discover how Manual Cinema performs its magic

This engagement of the Manual Cinema is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of the Mid-Atlantic Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.