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City On Fire: Chicago 1871

Manual Cinema was commissioned by the Chicago History Museum to create a series of short videos illustrating the great Chicago Fire of 1871. We used shadow puppetry, original music and sound design to depict the fire and share eyewitness accounts from survivors. The videos are part of the museum's permanent exhibit.

Exhibited Oct 8, 2021

Commissioned by The Chicago History Museum
Created by Manual Cinema


Devised and Directed by Drew Dir

Puppet Design by Liz Breit and Drew Dir

Puppet Fabrication by Lizi Breit, Sarah Fornace, Julia Miller and Drew Dir

Original Music and Sound Design by Ben Kauffman and Kyle Vegter

Puppetry by Lizi Breit, Sarah Fornace, Julia Miller and Drew Dir

Physics of Fire

Devised and Directed by Sarah Fornace

Shadow Puppetry by Drew Dir

Animation by Lizi Breit and Julia Miller

Voice Over by Larry Langford and Marilyn Vega

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