Saturday Cinema is a core weekly program that captures the ideas which animate the Exploratorium. We highlight works that blend observation, poetry, and surrealism, and celebrate films that utilize unique, handcrafted processes. Appropriate for all ages and mediated by cinema arts staff, these screenings encourage the viewer to respond to the works and join a dialogue with the viewing community. Check our calendar for upcoming screenings.
In this new series, we aim to test the boundaries of film through a hybrid of performance and inquiry-based programs centered on the moving image. These challenging programs target the local community while showcasing new films by artists, live-cinema experiences, and deepening collaborations with local partner organizations.
East Gallery: Marine Life Wall
“Stories from the Sea”
The ocean supports an incredible diversity of life, both in the water and along the shore. These cinematic observations offer visual immersion into a range of oceanic narratives—from the microscopic lives of plankton to the complex relationships between humans and the world beneath the waves.
Baby Squid, Born Like Stars
by Steve Haddock and Brad Seibel (2006, 6 min.)
A beautiful and meditative discovery of a giant squid—Gonatus onyx—giving birth to thousands of young.
Ray: A Life Underwater
by Amanda Bluglass (2011, 7 min.)
An affectionate portrait of a 75-year-old man’s deep-sea diving career and his collection of antiquated diving gear. The Exploratorium commissioned this seven-minute edit of Bluglass’s film.
by Nannette van Antwerp (2011, 5 min.)
Filmed off the coasts of the Pacific Rim, including the Bay Area, this short captures a world of microscopic drifting organisms known as plankton.
by Sharon Shattuck and Flora Lichtman (2011, 4 min.)
This whimsical animation uses paper cutouts to tell the moving story of what happens after a dead whale sinks to the ocean floor.
Life by the Tide
by Joshua Cassidy (2009, 7 min.)
Using time-lapse photography and other techniques, this film captures the hypnotic and normally invisible movements of the creatures exposed at low tide on the Pacific coast.
West Gallery: Mind Cinema
The language of cinema presents a rich portal for investigating the range and nuance of the human experience. Drawing upon the science and phenomena explored in the Exploratorium’s National Science Foundation–funded Science of Sharing exhibition, the Mind Cinema is a venue for films that investigate diverse perspectives on thinking, feeling, social interaction, and the nature of being human.
Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody?
by Miguel Areta (2007, 3 min.)
A surveyor asks passersby a deceptively simple yet deeply revealing question.
Lucette Braune (2013, 8 min.)
The anonymity and serendipity of city life come into focus in this visual narrative of a young woman working her way through the masses to complete simple daily errands.
Into the Middle of Nowhere
Anna Ewart (2011, 15 min.)
Set at a rural nursery school where adult supervision is inconspicuous, this charming documentary observes the creative world of children at play, drawing the viewer into the imaginations of rapidly developing minds.
Nelson Boles (2011, 4 min.)
Featuring simple yet striking animation, this film follows the plight of a tiny boat as it navigates struggles and hardship—and, ultimately, acts of humanity and kindness.