Oddball Films is a unique stock footage company specializing in offbeat footage. We have an extensive collection of rare, entertaining, eclectic and eye-opening subjects, as well as classic archival, historical and contemporary clips to support your project. Our images have been used in feature films, television, music videos, industrials and multimedia projects worldwide.

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Our offbeat archives and world-wide client base keep us digging deep into our archives

HIGHLIGHTS IN 2017

Oddball Films continues to be an essential source for the world’s most unique archival material. We have been busy in 2017, tracking down footage for acclaimed television and film documentaries, narrative features, shows, web specials—and everything in between.

We found food from fancy French bistros and short order cooking instructionals for Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft, sourced rare video of an Act Up protest at legendary San Francisco restaurant Stars for Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, and cooked up some historical footage from Oman for an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin follows a renowned author's journey from growing up a staunch conservative in the South to becoming one of the significant progressive voices in American culture. This engaging film honors the life and legacy of beloved local and queer literary legend Armistead Maupin. We're happy to have been able to provide over five minutes of rare archival material for the project.

In February, our collection of gay liberation footage from Harvey Milk to Stonewall formed the backbone of When We Rise: The People Behind the Story on ABC. And in March, we located over four minutes of rare news coverage detailing Patty Hearst’s kidnapping and infamous bank robbery for an episode of The Lost Tapes on the Smithsonian Channel.

A one-of-a-kind Chinese industrial film we unearthed for Alex Gibney’s upcoming documentary The China Hustle helped to crystallize that film’s theme and focus. Only a month later, a series of Bay Area Chinese home movies in our archive humanized Ric Burns’ The Chinese Exclusion Act. And that’s just a small sense of what we’ve been doing this year. For a complete list of projects Oddball has worked on, check us out on IMDb. If you’re a filmmaker who uses stock footage in your projects, search our site or contact us directly.

DOPE ACQUIRED FOR CLIP LICENSING

Oddball Films is proud to announce the addition of Sheldon and Diane Rochlin’s 1968 documentary feature Dope to our stock footage archives. Recently acquired in High Definition from Diane Rochlin (Flame Schon), this gritty and absolutely gorgeous psychedelic film follows Caroline and her friends’ drug-fueled exploration of London at the height of the countercultural explosion of the 1960s.

RECENT ACQUISITIONS

Oddball Films has acquired seven recently discovered home movies that feature rare footage of John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert. Spanning the early days of JFK's campaign in 1959 through the months preceding his assassination in 1963, and beyond to Robert Kennedy in 1967 and 1968, the seven reels offer a candid and intimate view of the Kennedy family, revealing a never-before-seen side of their telegenic political dynasty. All are now available for licensing.

AWARD WINNING FILMMAKER DOCUMENTS OUR DIRECTOR

Produced by award-winning filmmaker Joshua Moore, Oddball is a fabulous four-minute capsule of the strange world of Oddball Films and its director Stephen Parr, utilizing a whole slew of Oddball's own footage.

A NEW ODDBALL PROFILE

7x7 Magazine spoke with our director Stephen Parr to elaborate on the concept behind our one-of-a-kind collection—and the diverse client base that keeps coming back to it. Read the full profile here.