EXPLORATORIUM 3: Artists in Residence

Much like the Cinefamily, the Exploratorium takes an eclectic approach to its programming — and for over thirty years, its Cinema Arts program has been central to its success. With this program, we’ll delve deeper into the museum’s incredible 16mm collection, discovering the local flavor of San Francisco in gorgeously poetic black and white documentaries, abstract studies of the downtown seascape, light paintings, and even a classic short by filmmaking naturalist Jean Painlevé. While this show’s Bay Area-centric lineup features many shorts made while in residence with the museum, others mark recent discoveries made by the museum’s deeply creative staff, such as Restless, a journey through Iceland’s magical landscapes of geysers, glaciers, steam eruptions and strange rock formations. Just as the Exploratorium pushes the boundaries of what is possible with film in a museum context, we’ll bring the best of their discoveries to our humble cinema for an evening of discovery.

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

Shorts include (lineup subject to change):
Driven: Pete Richards – Dir. Exploratorium, 2011, digital presentation, 5 min.
Crossing the Bar – Dir. Andy Black, 1992, 16mm, 13 min.
Diggins – Dirs. Christian Bruno & Natalija Vekic (in attendance!), 2005, 16mm, 4 min.
Light Year – Dir. Paul Clipson, 2013, 16mm, 10 min.
Panorama – Dir. Michael Rudnick, 1982, 16mm, 13 min.
N-Judah 5:30 – Dir. Sam Green, 2004, 16mm, 3 min.
Light Walk – Dir. Michael Walsh, 1999, 16mm, 4 min.
Restless – Dir. Andrej Zdravic, 1987, 16mm, 12 min.
Shape Shift – Dir. Scott Stark, 2004, digital presentation, 10 min.
Vespucciland – Dir. Rock Ross, 1982, 16mm, 3 min.
Le Vampire – Dir. Jean Painleve, 1945, 16mm, 9 min.
Exploratorium – Dir. Jon Boorstin (in attendance!), 1974, 35mm, 15 min. (Brand-new print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive!)

Watch Jean Painleve’s “Le Vampire”!