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Exploratorium Co-Presents at SF Silent Film Festival - July 14 &15, 2012

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June 22, 2012

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Exploratorium Co-Presents at SF Silent Film Festival - July 14 &15, 2012

Exploratorium Cinema Arts and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival Presents
Two Screenings with Live Musical Accompaniment
Rare Felix the Cat shorts at 10 am Saturday July 14, 2012
Buster Keaton in “The Cameraman” 7:30 pm Sunday July 15, 2012
Castro Theatre

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts Department will co-present two silent classic programs, each accompanied by live orchestras this July. Screening at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre on Saturday, July 14 at 10 am, is a program of rare, silent Felix the Cat animated shorts, with music performed by the Bay Area’s toy-instrumented Toychestra! with Donald Sosin.

Then, on Sunday, July 15, at 7:30 pm, hear the Colorado-based Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, as they accompany a screening of Buster Keaton’s romantic comedy “The Cameraman” (1928).  Both programs include an introduction by movie critic Leonard Maltin.  Tickets are $13 -$20 and available in advance. For more information about the Silent Film Festival, and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.silentfilm.org

More program details:

Saturday, July 14, 10:00 am
USA, 1925–1929, Approximate total running time: 70 minutes  Created by Otto Mesmer and Pat Sullivan

The wonderful all-women Bay Area musical group—Toychestra! —is teaming up with pianist Donald Sosin to create a score for a collection of rare silent FELIX THE CAT cartoons. Archival 35mm prints of Otto Mesmer and Pat Sullivan’s fabulous feline from the UCLA Film Archive, Library of Congress and George Eastman House. Titles include Felix the Cat in Blunderland, Felix the Cat Weathers the Weather, Felix Loses Out, Jungle Bungles, Eskimotive, Felix Gets Revenge, and Felix Flirts with Fate. Accompanied by the Donald Sosin and Toychestra!.

Sunday, July 15, 7:30 pm
USA, 1928, approximately 76 minutes
Directed by Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton
Cast: Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin

The genius of Buster Keaton is on full display in this wonderful comedy about the business of movie making. The film follows Keaton, a sidewalk portrait photographer, as he tries to break into the newsreels to woo the girl of his dreams. Keaton famously did his own stunts and Cameraman is a showcase for his physical virtuosity as well as an enchantingly goofy love story. Print from Warner Bros.   Accompanied by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

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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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