The Silent Shadow Cinema replicates the spirit of Buster Keaton and the wonder of early silent movies with three short and magical shadow plays that are accompanied by live piano. The first, “Voyage to the Skies,” pays homage to Buster Keaton in a farcical adventure that uses an experimental hydrogen balloon in a dare-devil aerial expedition. The second, “Disasternoon” uses McDonagh’s innovative 3D shadow technology to follow a man and his hat on a afternoon stroll through a windy Parisian park. A horror movie, “The Red Room,” adapted from the H.G. Wells short story of the same name, finishes out the trilogy, using optical illusions to suggest what may, or may not, be lurking in the dark.
Manual Cinema’s ADA/AVA tells the story of two sisters separated by death and reunited by phenomenal circumstances. 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 plunge her into a journey across the thresholds of life and death. Set in a landscape of the New England gothic, ADA/AVA uses a story of the fantastic and supernatural to explore mourning and melancholy, self and other.
Manual Cinema is a contemporary shadow puppetry group based in Chicago, IL.