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Holiday Films

For Immediate Release:
December 01, 2004

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Holiday Films

Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales (December 24) and
A Holiday Animation Festival (December 26– 31)

As you segue from anticipation of the holidays into the New Year, the Exploratorium aids in the transition with a short holiday film series for the whole family. Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales is on view on Saturday, December 24, at noon. The Holiday Animation Film Festival is on view on December 26 – 31, at noon and 2pm, in the Exploratorium’s McBean Theater. The program is as follows and is included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium:

Saturday, December 24
A Child's Christmas in Wales & The Sweater: Holiday Memories

Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales (1963, 26 min., black and white, 16mm film) presents a story, written and narrated by Dylan Thomas, which portrays a boy’s memories of Christmas in Wales. Using still photographs of the Welsh countryside during the winter season, this film evokes memories of childhood and snow. The Sweater (1980, 10 min.), directed by Sheldon Cohen, is an animated version of a short story by Québec author Roch Carrier, set in the rural Québec of his boyhood. Carrier recalls his passion for playing hockey, which he shared with the other boys of his community. It was the time of Rocket Richard, the Canadiens' greatest star. This funny, poignant story is animated in a style that evokes the period of the late 1940s.

Monday, December 26 — Saturday, December 31
Films: Holiday Animation Film Festival
Noon and 2pm

This program celebrates the art of animation both old and new, as well as short documentaries. The screening will include Zea (1981, 5 min.) by Andre and Jean-Jacques Leduc is a visual tour-de-force that transforms the commonplace. Sour Death Balls (1993, 4 min.) by Academy-award winner Jessica Yu, is a humorous and quirky look at how people from all ages and backgrounds react to particular tastes! Africa@play (2002, 2 min.) by Katie Milligan and Scott Braman is a fun portrait of children at play, with an ingenious assortment of home made toys. This film recalls the journey from waste to recycled toy, and how people all over “make do.” Ear to the Ground (1985, 5 min.) by John Sanborn follows performance artist David van Tiegham while he plays the streets, sidewalks and buildings of New York City. Whizeewhig (2002, 5 min.) by Chih Cheng Peng sets urban architecture into motion. Birdbeat (fugue) by Geoff Adams (2002, 5 min.) This short animation transforms the cacophony of birds at a backyard feeder into a jazzy composition.

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
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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. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, 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.

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