Directed by R.J. Cutler
Directed by R.J. Cutler
The Rolling Thunder Review: A Bob Dylan Story (Netflix)
Bicentennial parade footage
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Oddball Films is excited to recommend this one-of-a-kind exhibition spearheaded by our friend, the multi-talented artist Warner Graves. Warner has co-edited, along with Ann Japenga, a book of photographs chronicling the story of his grandmother Lula Mae Graves and her cousin, Susie Keef Smith as they travelled through the southwest in the 1920s armed with a pistol, a camera, and an eye for the desert’s beauty. Recently Warner took the time to travel through many of the spots that his grandmother Lula Mae and her friend Susie visited and painted the landscapes he saw there. Lula Mae and Susie’s photographs and Warner’s paintings are being shown together until May 15th at La Quinta Museum, just southeast of Palm Springs, California.
2018 Productions Featuring Footage Provided by Oddball Films
Parts Unknown: EP 611 Lower East Side (CNN)
Series finale, screened at the Food Film Festival in New York City
Footage of NYC/ LES & CBGB Club
(Photo by David Scott Holloway)
In our story of O, a vintage neon letter O was found by Stephen Parr and Tara Lee Ford and deemed worthy of showcasing on our Oddball wall. It was recently installed by dear friend of Stephen's, Robert Burg, Lead Scenic Artist for San Francisco Ballet. Here are Tara and Robert doing the honors.
Oddball Films and SMFA are initiating a film preservation project. Our first focus is on detecting and measuring the severity of acetate deterioration ("vinegar syndrome") in our film collections. Shown here is lead archivist Megan Needels using A-D strips to measure these levels on this 16mm film print.
Our archivists here at Oddball Films are always active in the film community. So in addition to looking for us in the credits, also keep an eye out for the Oddball Films team at film events all around the country. If you attend the Telluride outdoor screenings, peek in the booth after the show and say hello to our staff member, Layton Hebert!
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 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. Photo by Pearl Martin-Eagle.