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Screening of "The Florestine Collection" - Feb. 11,12 & 14

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December 12, 2011

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Screening of "The Florestine Collection" - Feb. 11,12 & 14

A Screening of The Florestine Collection
Exploratorium’s McBean Theater
February 11 , 12 and 14, 2012
At Noon and 2 pm

Don’t miss a chance to see Helen Hill’s visually stunning multi-media film, The Florestine Collection, (2010) at the Exploratorium. A heartbreaking, but inspirational back-story for Valentine's Day, the film will have screenings on February 11th, 12th and 14th, at both 12 noon and 2pm, in the McBean Theater. The film is included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium.

Inspiration for this film began when Hill discovered more than 100 handmade dresses decaying in a mound on a New Oreleans street during Mardi Gras. Compelled to discover where they had come from, she ultimately learned about the dressmaker, an elderly seamstress who had recently passed away. This experimental film, set in New Orleans, is a collage of the dressmaker's story, of home movies of Helen and her husband, Paul Gailiunas - before and after Hurricane Katrina - and a composition of live action, animation and super8 and 16mm footage.

Unfortunately, shortly after the start of her work on the film, Hill was killed in her New Orleans home. Gailiunas, out of love for his wife, was determined to see the completion of her project. In 2010 he made that promise come true, and now Exploratorium visitors will have an opportunity to see this homage to his wife. Don't miss this chance to see Hill's The Florestine Collection at the Exploratorium!

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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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