Sponsored by Jill and Loren Bough
MANUAL CINEMA combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic motifs, and live sound manipulation to create immersive theatrical stories. Using overhead projectors, multiple screens, paper puppets, actors, live feed cameras, and a live band, Manual Cinema transforms the experience of attending the cinema and imbues it with liveness, ingenuity, and theatricality. They aim to combine the lightness of film with the heaviness of theater. Manual Cinema translates cinematic language into analogue shadow puppetry, emulating montage, camera movement, and depth of field using handmade visual effects. Inspired by early cinema, stories are conveyed without dialogue, relying instead on rich, multi-channel sound design and live music.