The free, outdoor screening is being held on the lawn behind the Presidio Dance Theater, 386 Arguello Boulevard on the Main Post. The evening will also feature the farewell performance of the Supersonic Saxes, a saxophone ensemble of the Air National Guard Band of the West Coast. After more than 70 years of performing for military and civilian audiences worldwide, the band is scheduled to be deactivated next year.
"We are honored to have the Presidio, with its rich military history, be one of our last venues as we begin the retirement of our unit," says Technical Sergeant Brian Coggins, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Supersonic Saxes. "Plus, it’s just a whole lot of fun." The band is returning from a recent deployment to Qatar, Iraq and Afghanistan, where it entertained the troops.
Stationed at Moffett Field, the Air National Guard Band of the West Coast is one of eleven Air National Guard (ANG) bands throughout the country. Its members are professionally trained musicians and part-time guard members with full-time civilian careers. They perform one weekend per month and an annual concert tour. Last year, the band was one of six listed for decommissioning by the National Guard Bureau.
The Supersonic Saxes performance begins at 5:30 pm, with Hugo starting at sunset (approximately 7 pm).
Food and beverages from the Presidio’s Kitchen 39 will be available for purchase, or bring a picnic. Parking is available in the Main Parade lot. For more information visit www.presidio.gov/calendar.
The film Hugo tells the story of a 12-year old boy who lives within the walls of a train station and becomes entwined in a mystery involving his late father and a robot. Scorsese’s first foray into 3-D, the film won five Academy Awards after garnering eleven nominations overall, including Best Picture. It earned Scorsese his third Golden Globe Award for best director.
Prior to the screening, Anel Muller of the Walt Disney Family Museum offers the audience a glimpse into the world of stop motion animation. The museum’s current exhibit, organized by Muller, Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation, explores this 100-year old art form and includes artifacts from film and television such as King Kong, Jurassic Park, The Empire Strikes Back, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Gumby.
The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to celebrating film and the moving image in all its glorious forms. Its year-round programs and events are concentrated in four core areas: Celebrating Internationalism, Inspiring Bay Area Youth, Showcasing Bay Area Film Culture and Exploring New Digital Media. The film society hosts the annual San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19-May 3, 2012), the longest running festival in the Americas; shows the best of world cinema on its SFFS Screen at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas; and publishes a daily online magazine, SF360.org, which features a broad array of news and features on Bay Area film and media. The Film Society’s acclaimed media literacy programs reach more than 8,000 students between the ages of 6-18 each year; and it provides crucial support to the Bay Area filmmaking community through SFFS Filmmaker Services including FilmHouse Residencies, fiscal sponsorship, the SFFS/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants, the Herbert Family Filmmaking Grants, the Hearst Screening Grant, the Djerassi/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship, SFFS Film Arts Forums and professional-level filmmaker classes.
The Presidio Trust (the Trust) is a distinguished federal agency created to save and transform the Presidio of San Francisco, an historic American place steeped in service. The Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio, a former army base and new urban national park site located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. Today, over 2,700 people live in the park’s former military housing, and more than 200 organizations have located in Presidio buildings, attracted by the Presidio’s beauty and historic significance. Under the Trust’s management, the Presidio has been transformed into a stunning visitor destination with an extensive system of trails and scenic overlooks; rehabilitated historic buildings; programs that teach about the Presidio’s military history and natural resources, and tenants and residents who help to sustain the park. To learn more about the Trust visit: www.presidio.gov.