Robert Nelson’s Suite California films at the Exploratorium

Posted December 16th, 2013 in Announcements, Events and Screenings, News / Events

This Saturday, December 21st, at 4:00 PM, we will be joining forces with Canyon Falls Observatory and the San Francisco Exploratorium to bring you Robert Nelson‘s Suite California Stops & Passes. This will be the first time these works have shown in the Bay Area in over 30 years!

As our friends at the Exploratorium say on their website, Nelson’s films were “Originally intended as a much longer, multi-part travelogue traversing the wide cultural and geographical diversity of all of California,” however, “Nelson completed only these two parts and the results trace the vast and unpredictable area between a rich personal reading of a place and the place itself. Although both works feature Nelson’s characteristic brilliant humor throughout, they are also deeply reflective and filled with unexpected, revelatory insight about the subjective experience of his home state, and his own place in it.”

Come early to hear an introduction by curator/composer/cinematographer, Jonathan Marlow and filmmaker/curator/archivist, Mark Toscano.  Stay after the films are over for a reception featuring live music from Mike Henderson, William T. Wiley, and friends. This event is not to be missed!


Suite California Stops & Passes Part 1: Tijuana to Hollywood via Death Valley (1976, 16mm, b/w & color, sound, 46min.)

Suite California Stops & Passes Part 2: San Francisco to the Sierra Nevadas & Back Again (1978, 16mm, b/w & color, sound, 48min.)

Venue Info:

Pier 15, San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 528-4444