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.
SFFILM Oddball Event
Oddball Films invites you to the historic Castro Theater on Monday April 9th, 8pm for a special 16mm screening and live music event: A Celebration of Oddball Films with Marc Capelle’s Red Room Orchestra. This show, part of the 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival was culled from the greatest hits and favorites of Stephen Parr, our beloved founder who passed away in October. Featuring zany industrials, sublime art films, goofy animation, local news outtakes, and much more, all drawn from Oddball’s vast archive. Deftly remixed, reworked, retracked by Marc Capelle and his Red Rom Orchestra band (a No Wave/disco score!), these surefire celluloid delights will inspire, shock and confound!
While at the festival be sure to check out the following films that Oddball was proud to support with quirky finds from its archive: RGB, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, and Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.
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Venue & Ticket Info
Venue: Castro Theater
429 Castro St, San Francisco (map)
Monday, April 9th, 8PM
Video of the Memorial Service for Stephen Parr
Thank you to everyone who attended the memorial for Stephen Parr.
We appreciate the support.
The memorial can be viewed in full at this link.
The video tribute that was made for the memorial can be viewed here as well.
Sadly, founder and Director of Oddball Films and the San Francisco Media Archive, Stephen Parr, passed away suddenly on October 24, 2017 after a struggle with declining health. His family and Oddball staff have come together and are carefully working on ensuring a productive future for both entities while preserving the proud tradition of providing the most eclectic footage to our customers. Oddball continues to fill your orders for the most unusual and hard to find material for your projects.
Concurrently, we are accessing the arts community of the most creative city in the world to help reshape Oddball Films. Exciting and challenging, we are confident that we will be able to maintain the high quality of our product and services.
A Memorial Service for Stephen Parr is being planned for early 2018. Details to follow.
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.
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.