"Shadow Puppets " doesn't even begin to describe them
April 20, 2020 11:49 AM   Subscribe

Shadow puppet troupe/film production company/performance collective Manual Cinema has made two of their feature-length shows available to stream for free this week.

Ada/Ava Bereaved of her twin sister Ava, septuagenarian Ada solitarily marks time in the patterns of a life built for two. However, a traveling carnival and a trip to a mirror maze plunges her into a journey across the thresholds of life and death.

The Magic City The Magic City tells the story of nine-year-old Philomena, whose great love is building miniature structures out of books, toys, and other found objects from around her house. One day, her older sister (and only legal guardian) Helen announces that she is engaged to marry, and the two go to live at the mansion of Helen’s fiancé, Brandon. Left alone in her vast new home, forced to make friends with her annoying stepbrother Lucas, Philomena secludes herself in the attic where she builds the biggest miniature city she’s ever made. Later that night, Philomena wakes up to discover that his city has come alive.

If you'd like to start with something shorter, you can check out their Emmy-award-winning short The Forger or their adaptation of Gwendolyn Brooks' poem We Real Cool (previously on metafilter) or their collaboration with NPR's Invisibilia podcast
posted by firechicago (3 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I've loved their live shows. Looking forward to this. Thanks!
posted by eotvos at 12:08 PM on April 20, 2020

MANUAL CINEMA RULES!!!! Their adaptation of a Murial Rukeyser poem also rocks. Chicago is so cool and full of creative people!
posted by torridly at 12:09 PM on April 20, 2020

We just watched The Magic City - what an absolute delight. Thanks for posting!
posted by prewar lemonade at 6:00 PM on April 21, 2020

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