Saturday Cinema: Holiday Memories

Saturday, December 20, 2014 • 2:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum

Included with museum admission.

Enjoy classic tales of small-town adventures, seen through the eyes of childhood. Colorful animation and black-and-white photographs transform memories of mid-20th century Wales and Canada into winter wonderlands of youthful surprises, disappointments, and holiday play.


White Out (Jeff Sher, 2007, 3 min.) is composed of over 2,000 individual watercolor paintings animated into a celebratory world of winter play. "Snow is particularly joyful in how it transforms everything it covers."

The Sweater (Sheldon Cohen, 1980, 10 min.) is an animated version of a short story by author Roch Carrier set in the rural Québec of his boyhood. It was the time of Rocket Richard, the Canadians' greatest star. This funny, poignant story is animated in a style that evokes the period of the late 1940s and recalls a boy’s passion for playing hockey and the perils of wearing the wrong team jersey.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales (narr. by Dylan Thomas, 1963, 26 min. 16mm) offers an intimate glimpse of another era, preserved through old photographs and the poet’s resonant memories of childhood and snow. Produced, directed, and photographed by Marvin Lightner with narration from Thomas’ original recording, this is a rare 16mm film print; there are no DVDs available.

This program is dedicated to the memory of Exploratorium Staff member Barry Valentino who died on Pan Am Flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988 at age 28.  Each year the Exploratorium honors his memory with this screening.