This week, take a peek behind the curtain and be inspired by the magic of filmmaking with cinematic goodies curated by the San Francisco Film Society in advance of their 56th annual international film festival. Hear a live table reading of the play “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and join a discussion about the Oscar-nominated film’s production process and a special Q&A moderated by Zoetrope. See “The Love Competition,” a short documentary about measuring different kinds of love, and then try out various love-testing devices for yourself. Watch the short animated puppet film “The Cicada Princess,” and see the hand-made sets and puppets portrayed in the film, along with cicadas from the Academy’s research collections. In the coral reef, see Sue Costabile compose a live cinematic program from images and sounds before your very eyes. Then enjoy screenings of the Prelinger Archives’ favorite campy educational science films. To top it all off: the VJ stylings of Peanut Butter Wolf—DJ, hip-hop producer, and the founder of hip-hop label Stones Throw Records.
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NightLife takes place Thursday nights (6-10pm) at the California Academy of Sciences. Music, Creatures and Cocktails. 21+