Shawney Cohen grew up in a strip club run by his family, who started out as ordinary Jewish suburbanites and ended up as something… a bit more peculiar. His father has more than a touch of the gangster patriarch about him, and his enormous waist is matched by his imposing personality. Conversely, his mother is a waiflike anorexic who seems to be disappearing before our very eyes. In THE MANOR, Shawney Cohen is caught between telling his family's story and saving it from itself.
Shawney Cohen, Mike Gallay
THE MANOR is SHAWNEY COHENs feature directorial debut. He has formerly worked in computer animation, and in 2009 he directed the award-nominated short documentary TAGGED. He also manages his father's strip club.