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Presidio Kids: Future Filmmakers — and Pinocchio! — featured at Film in the Fog

Friday, Sep 09, 2016 Category Kids and Family

Film in the Fog outdoor movie night returns for its 14th year on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Festivities kick off at 5:30 pm on the Civil War Parade Ground, and our feature screens at 7 pm. 

This year, we have a special treat for fans of Disney classics. To help celebrate their current special exhibition, Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio, we're teaming up with The Walt Disney Family Museum to show the animated classic, Pinocchio, paired with some fun films from some (very) emerging filmmakers.

Pre-Entertainment from Young Animators

Whether you love Pinocchio's message to "always let your conscience be your guide," you have fond memories of the Oscar®-winning musical score, or you like to geek-out over the groundbreaking pre-digital animation techniques, seeing Pinocchio on the big screen is a thrill not to be missed — particularly if you get to introduce another generation to the magic. 

Pinocchio holds a special place in the cinematic history books — as Disney's second feature release, following Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio made great use of the innovative multiplane camera used by The Walt Disney Studios. This camera added the illusion of depth and realism to 2D animation, forever changing the field of animation. One of the three remaining original two-story multiplane cameras from The Walt Disney Studios is on display at the Walt Disney Family Museum right here in the Presidio — so come take a look before the film screening and learn a little more!​

Before the movie, audiences will get a chance to view the work of some young filmmakers. As part of the museum's annual Teen Animation Festival International (TAFI), more than 100 teens put their hearts into their animated film submissions in the hopes of becoming a part of the animation legacy. The festival happens every year in April and prior to the Pinocchio screening, you'll get a chance to see selections from the festival's 2016 top animators.

Opportunities for Kids to Learn Animation

For kids inspired by films like Pinocchio, the museum offers everything from intensive after-school workshops to open studio time. Here are a few of their up-coming kid-friendly offerings:

  • After School Animation for Children and Teens: Offered every Wednesday through the fall, an introduction to the basics of animation.
  • Summer Camps & Summer Intensives: While summer is over, it's always a good idea to keep an eye out for fun activities for the kids for summer 2017! Note: Scholarship applications are available for summer camps.
  • Teen Studio Squad: The 2016­–17 season is now closed, but check back for 2017–18 availability.
  • Studio Programs: From multi-day foundation drawing courses, to in-depth workshops in paper sculpting, to Pop-Up studios where students create resin figurines, the museum's studio programs foster creativity and innovation in students of all ages, providing the opportunity to learn, practice, and perfect skills essential to the screen arts.
  • Big Draw Festival: Scheduled for the week after Film in the Fog on Saturday, October 8, this free, day-long drawing fest at the museum has a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) focus this year, with drop-in activities, performances, and workshops.
  • Ongoing Pinocchio screenings and screenings of other Disney classics: The museum is showing Pinocchio through January 9, 2017. Catch this epic classic and other Disney favorites daily in the Fantasia-themed theater (FREE with museum admission; check the calendar for full details).

Learn about scholarships, admission waivers, community outreach, or classes on the museum’s Education page>>

For more creative ideas for getting kids active in the park, check out the latest, San Francisco Creates Here guide>>

For more information about Film in the Fog >>