Three by Jon Boorstin

Three by Jon Boorstin

Post-screening conversation with filmmaker Jon Boorstin and Leni Boorstin, Frank Gehry, Doreen Gehry Nelson, and Pamela Weir-Quiton. Pre-screening reception, open to all ticketed guests, begins at 1pm in the Lower Level lobby.

A kaleidoscopic flurry of colorful light and a medley of sound make this ecstatic short, nominated for Documentary Short Subject at the 47th Academy Awards, a unique impression of the energy and joy waiting to be discovered at the titular San Francisco-based science and technology museum, which has been open and offering participatory experiences for guests of all ages since 1969. 

Note by Academy Museum Associate Director, Film Programs K.J. Relth-Miller.   
DIRECTED BY: Jon Boorstin. 1974. 15 min. USA. Color. English. 35mm. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive.

Kid City | Restoration World Premiere 
Documentarian Jon Boorstin follows architect Frank Gehry and his sister, Doreen Gehry Nelson, as they attempt a new method of teaching elementary school children in Los Angeles. With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the siblings work together on a pilot program of “design-based learning” that would restructure the typical classroom curriculum, replacing rote math or civics lessons with an imaginary city designed and built entirely by the students themselves.  

Note by Academy Film Archive Short Film Preservationist Tessa Idlewine. 
DIRECTED BY: Jon Boorstin. WITH: Miriam Van Arsdol, Frank Gehry, Doreen Nelson. 1972. 29 min. USA. Color. English. DCP. Restored in 2018 by the Academy Film Archive. 

People Who Make Things | Restoration World Premiere 
A portrait of three Los Angeles area residents who create things with their hands. Angelo Austin decorates wedding cakes; Dean Jeffries designs, manufactures, and paints custom cars; and Pamela Weir-Quiton creates wooden dolls. Jon Boorstin’s documentary short exists only in one faded 16mm print; all original negatives having been lost. Restored in 4K from this single element, the film showcases the resourcefulness, skill, and creativity that surround our city. 

Note by Academy Film Archive Short Film Preservationist Tessa Idlewine.
DIRECTED BY: Jon Boorstin, Paul Boorstin. WITH: Angelo Austin, Dean Jeffries, Pamela Weir-Quiton. 1970. 20 min. USA. Color. English. DCP. Restored in 2016 by the Academy Film Archive.
Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation.

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