Reel to Real

Members $10, Non-Members $12. 21+ event, ID required for entry.

Presented by the SF International Film Festival

Get ready for your close-up this week with film screenings, filmmaker talks, and other cinematic surprises in honor of the SF International Film Festival.


Film Screenings (African Hall)

7:00 pm, Screening of The Damkeeper:

  • Nominated for 2015 Oscar for Best Animated Short and SFIFF57 Golden Gate Winner
  • The Dam Keeper, an original animated short film by feature animation artists Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, tells the tale of a young pig encumbered with an important job, and the meeting of a new classmate who changes everything.

8:00 pm, Google ATAP Spotlight Stories (screening and talk)

  • A collection of short films that blend art, technology, and storytelling into one award-worthy experience.
  • Hear from Buggy Night director Mark Oftedal, a founding member of Pixar and Toy Story animator, and Brian Collins, Tech Art Lead for the Google ATAP series.

9:00 pm, Screening of Advantageous

  • 2015 Sundance Film Festival Award Winner and SF Film Society FilmHouse Resident
  • Discuss the technical side of indie special effects with filmmaker Jennifer Phang in discussion with Michele Turnure-Salleo, Director of Filmmaker360.

Projections & Live Animation (Coral Reef)

  • 6:00-8:00 pm, Projection of Topophilia—An experimental documentary that follows the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System from beginning to end.
  • 8:15-9:15 pm, Live animation with Robot Kondo, artist and director of The Dam Keeper

Silent Disco (Piazza)

  • 8:00-10:00 pm, get your groove on at a Silent Disco featuring some of your favorite movie soundtracks from the 1980’s with the synth-pop sounds of the New Wave City DJs and guitar-heavy riffs of the 1970’s with DJ Andy Trice.

Making of Habitat Earth (Project Lab)

  • 6:00-10:00 pm, Get behind-the-scenes and learn about the making of Habitat Earth, the Academy’s newest planetarium show.

Google Spotlight Demo (Swamp)

  • 6:00-10:00 pm, A new storytelling canvas specifically for mobile, the Spotlight Stories Player uses the latest advances in 3D graphics to deliver immersive and interactive short stories in real-time.

Food & Drink
A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6-9:30pm, including The Terrace and pop-up cafe located in the West Garden and The Academy Cafe Food Cart located in the front lobby.

Enjoy a different fresh seasonal "craft on draft" cocktail at each NightLife bar area designed by our resident mixologist Shane McKnight!

Note: All bars accept cash and credit cards.

Exhibit Times
6:00-7:45 pm
, Osher Rainforest—explore a lush, four-story rainforest that's teeming with life!

Note: The 4-story Rainforest exhibit closes at 7:45pm and planetarium passes are distributed to visitors on a first-come first-served basis. Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will also be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.



Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

Find out what's the latest on Planet Earth as we take you on an adventure around the globe!

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Discover how life is connected in Habitat Earth, our latest original planetarium show.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

July 23rd at 7:00 pm

This NightSchool session is designed to give viewers a new appreciation of frogs.

July 30th at 7:00 pm

Virtual NightLife is going to space! Join us for Vol. 7, hosted by the Morrison Planetarium team.