Did you Know?

The first talking movie The Jazz Singer was released on this day in 1927.

Produced by Warner Bros., The Jazz Singer utilized a new state of the art Vitaphone sound process to create an astonishing new experience for moviegoers. At the time of its release The Jazz Singer was a major hit among audiences, causing theatres to become literally hysterical with amazement. Although it was critically controversial during its time (and in more recent years for a number of reasons), it remains one of the most culturally significant films in history.

Now 91 years since the premiere of the first “Talkie” we are proud to present one of the latest and most exciting projects in the evolution of filmmaking – Manual Cinema. A dynamic performance collective mixing elements of the past with the present, Manual Cinema creates immersive visual stories for stage and screen using a combination of handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative music.

In their latest program The End of TV Manual Cinema depicts a post-industrial Rust Belt city in the 1990s and told through a collection of original 70’s R&B-inspired art pop songs. The End of TV explores the quest to find meaning amongst the increasingly constant barrage of commercial images and advertising white-noise. Two sides of the American Dream — its technicolor promise as delivered through TV ads, and its failure, witnessed in the dark reality of industrial decline — are staged in cinematic shadow puppetry and lo-fi live video feeds with flat paper renderings of commercial products. The show is driven by a sweeping chamber art pop song cycle performed live by a five-piece band.

Join us in Weill Hall on October 20th as Manual Cinema continues to break new ground, transforming the experience of attending the cinema and imbuing it with liveness, ingenuity, and theatricality.

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