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.
Artist Elizabeth Briel visited Oddball Films last Monday to document the infamous 17 Reasons sign for an upcoming project. Learn more about the history of the 17 Reasons sign here. Our beloved founder, Stephen Parr went through great lengths to salvage the sign when he saw it was being torn down from the roof of the old Thift Town building (since displaced after losing their lease) back in 2002.
Elizabeth's "Untitled Project" is a series of paintings-in-progress that display an imagined life lived here in the Bay Area among iconic and culturally important artifacts and locations. Elizabeth tells stories in words and images of this life, fictional accounts of adventures in the Bay Area that tell a larger truth.
Her project begins in Afghanistan and ends back in the city of her birth, San Francisco. Briel makes her own paints with semiprecious lapis lazuli from Afghan mines and paints on paper made from US military uniforms. Both the paper and pigments have been processed in the Bay Area.
The images and accompanying texts explore the lives possible if Briel had continued to live in San Francisco. Briel says "I work through conflicts and ambivalence toward the country [USA] I left many years ago, transforming art materials of war into familiar images of home."
In Summer 2020 Briel will return to exhibit the series, venue TBD. She promises to come back and see us at Oddball Films.
Photo by Pearl Martin-Eagle.
On Friday, July 13th at 8PM PST, the short film, ODDBALL made by Joshua Moore will be featured on KQED TV as part of their Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories program.
ODDBALL is a stunning profile of Stephen Parr, the man behind what is likely the world's most remarkably eccentric archive film collection, Oddball Films. The film has screened nationally at Mill Valley Film Festival, Dallas Video Fest, SF IndieFest, Florida Film Festival, Taos Shortz, Disposable Film Festival, and Marfa Film Festival.
Don't miss this one-of-a-kind feature about a one-of-a-kind artist, archivist, and peerless Oddball, Stephen Parr.
On June 21st, the Oddball Films staff took a field trip to attend Arthur Bressan's groundbreaking film, Buddies at the Castro Theatre. Presented by Frameline42, this screening was the world premiere of the 2K digital restoration created by Vinegar Syndrome.
Also attending the film, along with a very enthusiastic crowd, was Arthur Bressan's sister, Roe Bressan, pictured here alongside Oddball Films Director, Tara Lee Ford.
DocFest starts this weekend and Oddball Films is co-presenting several shows. On Sunday June 3rd, Oddball Films is proud to present, Getting Lucky, a profile on local eccentric troubadour, Mr. Lucky. Mr. Lucky is a private investigator, a musician, and an invoker of ages past. He was a close friend and supporter of Oddball Films founder, Stephen Parr. Additionally, Saturday, June 2nd we’re co-presenting the 2018 Vanguard Awardee Penny Lane’s The Pain of Others, a found footage documentary about Morgellons, a mysterious illness.
Next, don't miss the on June 14-24! Oddball Films provided footage for five films including locally made doc, 50 Years of Fabulous, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, Dykes, Camera, Action!, Studio 54, and Mapplethorpe.
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.
Click here for more information about this event.
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.