January 2021 Holiday Party & Guild Meeting on Zoom!


Come one, come all for a delightful afternoon of jingling and mingling plus a dazzling performance by Manual Cinema! 

Our schedule will loosely be as follows (because it’s a party!): 

  • 3 PM Guild Meeting: Meet and greet members, get the latest puppet news of upcoming guild events and puppet happenings and watch some puppet shorts! 
  • 4 PM Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol: Don’t miss this family-friendly visually inventive adaptation designed for streaming! In signature Manual Cinema fashion, hundreds of shadow puppets, miniatures, silhouettes and an original score will come together to tell an imaginative re-invention of this cherished holiday classic. 

MANUAL CINEMA is an Emmy Award-winning performance collective, design studio, and
film/ video production company. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry,
cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive stories for stage and
screen. The company was awarded an Emmy Award in 2017, was a Peabody Finalist for “The Forger,” a video created for The New York Times, named Chicago Artists of the Year in 2018 by the Chicago Tribune, and voted “Best of Festival” “Best Design” at the 2013 Puppeteers of American  National Festival.

After the show Sarah Fornace, co-Artistic Director, will join us to talk about how Manual Cinema creates their innovative shadow puppetry and answer questions. Sarah is a director, puppeteer, choreographer, and narrative designer based in Chicago. 

Call for Puppet Shorts!

We are looking to showcase some of our member’s work at the Holiday Party. Shorts should be 5 minutes or less. It can be a section of a longer piece, but we are asking that it be finished quality. It doesn’t have to be family-themed, but please be family-friendly. If there are more than 30 minutes of material submitted, the final selection will be chosen by noteworthy puppeteers from outside our Guild.

Submission: Please send your video to sfbapglibrary@gmail.com. If 10 MB or less, you can include it as an attachment. If over, please provide a link (i.e. Google, Youtube, Vimeo, DropBox, WeTransfer, etc.). Please submit your short video by Sun., Jan. 10th midnight. Selected shorts will be aired January 23rd between 3-4 pm as part of the annual Holiday Party.

How Do I Join the Party?!

This event is free for members of the San Francisco Bay Area Puppeteers Guild. Not a member? We encourage you to join and enjoy year-round programming or to make a small donation to support this program. Register at sfbapg.regfox.com/january