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Shelf Life

Everybody collects something. Raymond "Bones" Bandar collects skulls - 7000 and counting.

Overview

Genre
Biography, Natural History, Portrait, Science, and Environment
Synopsis

Shelf Life is a short documentary exploring one man's passion for collecting. Since his youth, Raymond Bandar, retired high school science teacher and long-time volunteer Field Associate for the California Academy of Sciences, has been collecting bones of all kinds. Today, Bandar has more than 7,000 cataloged specimens tightly stored in his home - mostly skulls of marine mammals that he's personally salvaged for both scientific data and personal pleasure. His wife of 50 years, artist Alkmene Bandar, has only one rule: no skulls in the bedroom.

Stage
finished
Running time
28 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
mimetic media
Country
United States
Years of Production
2009
Locations
San Francisco, CA

Distribution Details

Release year
2009
Festivals
San Francisco International Film Festival, Gray's Reef Ocean Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, Brooklyn Independent Cinema Series, San Francisco Independent Film Festival
Broadcast (Acq.)
Truly CA Shorts, KQED-PBS
Language
English

Photos

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