Celebrating Canyon Cinema Series: Play

Posted October 3rd, 2012 in Announcements, Events and Screenings, News / Events

Still from Gary Beydler’s Glass Face (1975)

Celebrating Canyon Cinema – Play

The First in a Monthly Film Program Series at the Exploratorium

12 noon, 2 and 4 pm, Saturday October 6, 2012
Exploratorium’s McBean Theater

The Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts is pleased to partner with San Francisco’s great film institution Canyon Cinema, to present Celebrating Canyon Cinema — a series of family-friendly short film programs. This three-month series will showcase a few undiscovered gems from the Canyon Cinema archives. On Saturday, October 6, 2012, see the first program in the series, PLAY, which screens in the Exploratorium’s McBean Theater at 12 noon, 2 and 4 pm. Over three months, the Celebrating Canyon Cinema series will take place on first Saturdays, through December. These screenings are generously supported by a grant from the National Alliance of Media Arts Centers (NAMAC). Support for NAMAC has been provided by the Metabolic Studio, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation.


The October 6th program for PLAY is as follows:
Associations (1975, 7 min., 16mm) filmmaker John Smith takes a rebus game to new heights. Smith has created a joyfully complicated web of visual allusions and puns, in action and reaction to a text outlining the nature of word associations and the ambiguities of the English language.

Everywhere At Once (1985, 10 min., 16mm) Filmmaker Alan Berliner is something of an obsessive collector. Everywhere at Once pulls from his vast and random collection of films and sound to create a sense of purpose in the form of this “synchronized symphony.”

Gargantuan (1992, 1min, 16mm) John Smith’s masterful miniature work uses its running time and careful framing to create an elaborate pondering on time and scale, carefully wrapped in a visual and aural joke.

Glass Face (1975, 3 min., 16mm) Filmmaker Gary Beydler transforms still frames into motion pictures. In Glass Face, it’s his own face as the subject matter, which he has amusingly manipulated the features with the assistance of a glass plate.

Kitsch In Synch (1975, 4 min, 16mm) Adam Beckett’s vibrant, direct animation sees shapes, colors and lines dancing rhythmically to an unparalleled and chuckle-worthy score.


About the Exploratorium:
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. In the spring of 2013, the Exploratorium will move to Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco’s waterfront district, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.