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CHICAGOLAND follows a lone urban coyote in search of sustenance for herself and her pups while navigating the perils of the Chicago landscape.

CHICAGOLAND was conceived from a question about the invisible ecosystems that coexist with human society in the company's own urban neighborhood. The questions was related to director Ben Kauffman's interest in re-wilding, and how a city like Chicago might look in the future as humans redesigned a more sustainable urban environment. To develop this story further, the Manual Cinema artistic directors realized that we needed additional input from experts: researchers and thinkers who have intimate knowledge of urban wildlife and ecology in Chicago.

Premiered in 2015

Created by Manual Cinema
Devised & Written by Ben Kauffman

Produced with a grant from the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund, a project of Voqal administered by Chicago Filmmakers.


Created by Manual Cinema

Devised & Written by Ben Kauffman


Directed & Edited by Ben Kauffman
Puppet Design by Drew Dir and Lizi Breit

Original Score and Sound Design by Kyle Vegter

Score performed by Matthew Duvall

Puppetry by Sam Deutsch, Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace and Julia Miller

Urban Wildlife Interviews

Gavin Van Horn, Ph.D., Director, Cultures of Conservation, The Center for Humans and Nature

Seth Magle, Director, Urban Wildlife Institute | Lincoln Park Zoo

Mason Fidino, Ecological Analyst, Urban Wildlife Institute | Lincoln Park Zoo

Edited by Joe Riina-Ferrie

Videography by Maren Celest

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