News from the Archive - Recent Projects

Oddball Films is letting you in on some of our most recent stock footage projects in film, television, commercials and more.  Recent highlights include providing offbeat footage for the credits for the Emmy nominated series Transparent, The New York Times, Ray Donovan as well as the documentary series OJ: Made in America and We've Been Around about transgender trailblazers. We also did research for Jim Jarmusch’s Iggy Pop documentary Gimme Danger, retro-tech for Danny Boyle’s Academy Award nominated Steve Jobs. And wouldn’t you know it?  They came to us when they wanted some 70s smut for The Nice Guys, Ryan Gosling’s latest movie! 


We provided several minutes worth of footage for the ESPN documentary series OJ: Made in America ( From OJ Simpson car commercials to interview footage to vintage cinemascope footage of San Francisco, Oddball footage is all over this eye-opening series that's streaming now.

Other recent exciting projects include providing a Russian music video for the hit Showtime show Ray Donovan, a free clinic full of STD and sex ed snippets for the National Geographic Show Original Sin: Sex, and tons of hippies and homegrown acid freakouts for the New York Times online piece The Long Strange Trip of LSD.


We have recently had the opportunity to work on several fabulous art documentaries, providing nearly 100 year old footage for Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, vintage queer footage for HBO’s controversial Robert Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, and beat generation rarities for Robert Frank: Don’t Blink about the iconic photographer, artist and filmmaker.
For the morbidly minded, we provided trial footage for a new Investigation Discovery show: A Crime to Remember on the infamous Sam Sheppard trial and retrial that set new standards for allowing the media to influence the jury.

We’ve had a great season of revolutionary-minded docs including Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, Emory Douglas: The Art of the Black Panthers, and Agents of Change featuring film clips from several decades worth of civil rights revolutionaries. We also provided a wide variety footage from our historical Black Panthers collection for in-gallery exhibitions for the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture which opens in September.


On the LGBTQ scene, we’ve contributed rare vintage lesbian footage for the credit sequence for the Golden Globe winning series Transparent, shots of the Stonewall riots and early gay wedding ceremonies for the upcoming Freedom to Marry, and tons of queer historical rarities for Major!, a moving portrait of the remarkable transgender activist Miss Major.


And keep an eye out for our break dancers in the hip hop documentary Unsung: Sugarhill Gang, as well as some spermatozoa in the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck.

About Oddball Films

Oddball Films is a stock footage company providing offbeat and unusual film footage for feature films like The Nice Guys and Milk, documentaries like The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Silicon Valley, Kurt Cobain: The Montage of Heck, television programs like Transparent and Mythbusters, clips for Boing Boing and web projects around the world.

Our screenings are almost exclusively drawn from our collection of over 50,000 16mm prints of animation, commercials, educational films, feature films, movie trailers, medical, industrial military, news out-takes and every genre in between. We’re actively working to present rarely screened genres of cinema as well as avant-garde and ethno-cultural documentaries, which expand the boundaries of cinema. Oddball Films is the largest film archive in Northern California and one of the most unusual private collections in the US. We invite you to join us in our weekly offerings of offbeat cinema.