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Manual Cinema (USA)


Wednesday, January 4 - Monday, January 9; Friday, January 13 & Saturday, January 14

The Public: Martinson Hall

Members and Partners: $20
Non-Members: $25 + fees

Running Time: 75 minutes

Photos by Jerry Shulman and Katherine Greenleaf

A lonely adolescent girl living on the outskirts of a vast satellite field runs away from home and into a world of danger, deception, and disappointment. Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline, Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and live music to create a stunning visual landscape.

Manual Cinema is a Chicago-based performance collective, design studio, and film/video production company founded in 2010 by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Ben Kauffman, Julia Miller, and Kyle Vegter. 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.

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

    Open Media Photos by Jerry Shulman and Katherine Greenleaf Photos by Jerry Shulman and Katherine Greenleaf Photos by Jerry Shulman and Katherine Greenleaf Photos by Jerry Shulman and Katherine Greenleaf Photos by Jerry Shulman and Katherine Greenleaf

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Conceived by Julia Miller
Based on original text by Brendan Hill
Designed and Directed by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, and Julia Miller
Original Sound Design by Kyle Vegter with Ben Kauffman
Original Score by Kyle Vegter and Ben Kauffman with Maren Celest, Michael Hilger, and Jacob Winchester
Puppeteers Lizi Breit, Sam Deutsch, Charlotte Long (Lula del Ray), and Sara Sawicki (Lula’s Mother)
Music Performed by Maren Celest (Sounds, Vocals), Michael Hilger (Guitar, Percussion, Vocals), Kyle Vegter (Cello, Vocals), and Eric Streichert (Guitar, Bass)
Production Manager/ Sound Engineer Mike Usrey