EXPLORATORIUM 2: Experimental Films for Kids

Children under 16 admitted free w/ an adult!

Includes a “cameraless animation” workshop on our patio, so don’t be late! Doors for the workshop are at 5:30pm, and the film program starts at approx. 6:45pm.

While abstract animation may not immediately seem welcoming for kids, nothing could be further from the truth, for this vibrant, colorful family-friendly lineup shows off the role that exploration plays in the creative process. Join the ranks of cameraless, “direct” animation pioneers like Len Lye and Norman McLaren during a pre-screening workshop where you can get your hands dirty and discover the instant gratification of low-budget animation in the pre-digital age. Armed with permanent markers, nails, dental tools, sandpaper, paint and a host of other impromptu tools, you the audience can commit your vision to a few feet of 16mm film stock, which our projectionist will splice together into a one-of-a-kind mini-masterpiece. This spontaneous creation will conclude a knockout program of similar “outside-the-box” approaches to filmmaking as an extension of folk arts and crafts. Expect hyperkinetic dances of color, repurposed household objects and plenty of big-screen surprises.

Plus, the program features the Academy Film Archive’s gorgeous new preservation of the Oscar-nominated 1974 short Exploratorium, Jon Boorstin’s beautiful and poetic documentary portrait of the museum.

Shorts include (lineup subject to change):
Baglight – Dir. Rock Ross, 1994, 16mm, 4 min.
Energy! – 2007, digital presentation, 5 min.
Fiddle Dee Dee – Dir. Norman McLaren, 1947, 16mm, 3 min.
Free Radicals – Dir. Len Lye, 1958, 16mm, 4 min.
Please Don’t Stop – Dir. Stephanie Maxwell, 1988, 16mm, 7 min.
Hand Held Day – Dir. Gary Beydler, 1975, 16mm, 5 min.
Rad Plaid – Dir. Jodie Mack, 2010, digital presentation, 6 min.
Sour Death Balls – Dir. Jessica Yu, 1992, 16mm, 5 min.
Whalefall – Dirs. Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck, 2011, digital presentation, 4 min.
Western Spaghetti – Dir. Pes, 2008, digital presentation, 2 min.
Exploratorium – Dir. Jon Boorstin, 1974, 35mm, 15 min. (Brand-new print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive!)

Watch Norman McLaren’s handmade animation, “Fiddle-De-Dee”!