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A Child’s Christmas in Wales and The Humorous Holiday Film Festival At Exploratorium in December

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December 01, 2007

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A Child’s Christmas in Wales and The Humorous Holiday Film Festival At Exploratorium in December

Don’t miss the sound of Dylan Thomas’ voice in the December 22 Exploratorium screening of A Child’s Christmas in Wales, the 1963 film that presents the story, written and narrated by Dylan Thomas, of a boy’s memories of Christmas in Wales. Sound and image also come together in amazing ways during the Humorous Holiday Film Festival, from December 26-29, at noon and 2pm. All events are included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium. The program is as follows:

Dylan Thomas

Saturday, December 22, 2pm
Films: Holiday Memories

The Sweater (1980, 10 min.), directed by Sheldon Cohen, is an animated version of a story by Québec author Roch Carrier, set in the rural Québec of his boyhood. Carrier recalls the passion for playing hockey, which he shared with the other boys of his community. This funny, poignant story is animated in a style that evokes the late 1940s. Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales (1963, 26 min., black and white, 16mm) uses still photographs of the wintry Welsh countryside to evoke memories of childhood and snow.

Wednesday, December 26 – Saturday, December 29, 2007
Humorous Holiday Film Festival
Noon and 2pm

This selection of short documentaries and animated films captures many different playful situations.

Sour Death Balls (1993, 4 min.), by Academy-Award winner Jessica Yu, takes a humorous and quirky look at how people from all ages and backgrounds react to extremely sour candy. Daybreak Express (1953-58, 5 mins.), by D.A. Pennebaker, captures a mid-twentieth century look at New York City from the windows of an elevated train. Set to music by Duke Ellington, this film plays with light, reflections, and rhythm. Whizeewhig (2002, 3 min.), by Chih Cheng Peng, is a moving portrait of San Francisco that sets urban architecture into motion. Birdbeat: fugue (2002, 5 min.), by Geoff Adams, is a short animated film that transforms the cacophony of birds at a backyard feeder into a jazzy composition. The Bubbleman (2007, 5 min.), by Bay Area filmmaker Karil Daniels, is a delightful performance piece featuring the creative work of Sterling Johnson. Sterling uses his bare hands and a simple mixture to create fascinating bubble structures, such as sliding bubbles, chains, of bubbles, and bubbles within bubbles.

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
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

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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