Films at the Exploratorium are screened in the McBean Theater and are free with museum admission. The schedule for April 2005 is as follows:
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Exploring Homemade Films, Music and Instruments
Experimental Films and Live Music by The Goat Family
McBean Theater, 7:30pm
Former San Francisco filmmaker Michael Rosas-Walsh returns from Alaska to screen new experimental work with live accompaniment by The Goat Family, a social jug band of local filmmakers at Exploring Homemade Films, Music and Instruments on Wednesday evening, April 13 in the Exploratorium’s McBean Theater at 7:30pm. Films by Rosas-Walsh include The Clinging Fire, Alaskan Opus in D, and For Love and Rocks. Other films by Robert Nelson, Rock Ross and Thad Povey will also be included in a celebratory evening of movies and music. This event is free with daytime admission or for members; $10 at the door; $7 students/seniors.
Jug band members include filmmakers Rosas Walsh, Rock Ross, Kevin Cunningham, Dan Janos, Thad Povey, Chris Santeramo and Todd Curtis, playing traditional and home made instruments that include spoons, saws, washboards, gourds, washtub bass, a banjo, penny whistles, harmonica, kazoo, and a steel six string guitar.
The group plays traditional as well as original compositions written by Dan Janos and Rock Ross.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
October Sky (1999, 108 min.) with screen writer Lewis Collick in person
McBean Theater at 1:00pm
Bootle Blaster Rocket Workshop precedes the screening, noon-1pm In recognition of the International Year Physics 2005, the Exploratorium film program screens October Sky, and features its screenwriter, Lewis Colick in person. Set in 1957, October Sky recounts the story of Homer Hickam, Jr., a coalminer’s son whose young life and career is changed forever by seeing the world’s first manmade satellite, Sputnick, cross the October sky above Coalwood, West Virginia when he is a boy. Based on the book Rocket Boys, Hickam’s autobiography, it was adapted to the screen by Lewis Collick. Following the screening, Collick discusses his creative influences and the process of adapting a novel to the screen. A Bottle Blaster Rocket Workshop precedes the screening, from noon-1pm. What’s a Bottle Blaster Rocket? The force of air is the energy that propels a foam rocket up to 200 feet. The film and associated events are free with museum admission.
October Sky (1999, 108 min.) directed by Joe Johnston, chronicles the struggle of a young Homer as he attempts to escape Coalwood, West Virginia, the small mining town where he is born. Homer has no desire to become a miner, a profession his father finds noble, and becomes determined to become a space engineer, a field of work that doesn’t exist yet. His physics and chemistry teacher, Miss Riley, encourages Homer and his three friends to fight the odds and build their rockets. October Sky is a character-driven story with a strong narrative and visual style.
Screenwriter Lewis Collick won the Humanitas Prize and was nominated for a Writer’s Guild award for this screenplay. Questions and answers follow the screening. Mr. Colick was born in Brooklyn and received an MFA in Playwriting from UCLA. In addition to October Sky, Mr. Colick has written the screenplays for many movies including: Unlawful Entry, Ghosts of Mississippi, Domestic Disturbance and most recently, and Ladder 49.