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Frankenstein by Manual Cinema

new take on a classic gothic tale, the internationally renowned multi-media company, Manual Cinema, stitches together Mary Shelley’s biography with her beloved story of Frankenstein. This highly-acclaimed production deploys cinematic techniques and a live orchestra to capture an unexpected story about the beauty and horror of creation. 


Frankenstein by Manual Cinema took place at the Drive-In at Hazelwood Green.


MANUAL CINEMA is an Emmy Award winning 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 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. The company was awarded an Emmy Award in 2017 for “The Forger,” a video created for The New York Times and named Chicago Artists of the Year in 2018 by the Chicago Tribune. Their shadow puppet animations will be featured in the film remake of Candyman debuting September 2020, directed by Nia DaCosta and produced by Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions.