News & Events

January 9, 2017
We’d like to thank everyone for attending our screenings, soirees, and seminars. Our weekly film series has come to a close. In 2017 we will be presenting select events: We will be continuing our seasonal seminars and cinema soirees featuring writers, directors, and curators. Our premiere event, Pop Music Explosion: Film Footage Fantasia on March 16, 2017, is a cinema soiree with Richie Unterberger, author and musicologist. Going... Read more
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Oddball Films presents Boozers, Users, and Losers - Vintage Drug and Alcohol Scare Films, a program of mind-expanding, terror-intending and hilarity-inducing short 16mm educational films about the dangers of drugs. These classroom classics from the 1950s through the 1980s were meant to scare the pants off the junior-high set but probably encouraged as many to experiment with drugs and alcohol as it discouraged. Watch mice get drunk... Read more
November 27, 2016
Oddball Films presents The Spectre of Fascism - Echoes from Totalitarianism, a program of international 16mm short films, documentaries and animation reflecting on the 20th century's history of fascism and it's repercussions both artistic and humanitarian. With subversive stop-motion animation from Poland and the former Czechoslovakia, dark allegories of political conformity and rebellion, Alain Resnais' definitive... Read more
November 26, 2016
Oddball Films welcomes moving image artist Kerry Laitala to our Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly event featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights and films. Laitala will be returning to the cinestage to present Celluloid Scopophilia: The Sensual Dimensions of the Human Body, a film program that examines the fetishization of the human body through rare medical and first aid films as well as... Read more
November 19, 2016
Oddball Films will be closed this week for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We hope you have a delicious time with your friends and family and will come see us in December for more eclectic and entertaining programming.
November 18, 2016
Oddball Films presents Baby Animal Bonanza, a night of 16mm short nature films from the 1930s-1970s all starring the cutest baby monkeys, kittens, bears, foxes, skunks, bunnies, otters, puppies and more. After a grim week in American politics and morale, we here at Oddball know you could use a little distraction with an onslaught of adorable baby animals from yesteryear. Two Black Bear Twins (1952) snack on bacon hung off trees and... Read more
November 12, 2016
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema, a monthly evening of old finds, rare gems and newly discovered films from the stacks of the archive. Drawing on his collection of over 50,000 16mm film prints-the largest archive in Northern California, Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has compiled his 106th program of offbeat, quirky, experimental outtakes and unusual films. Strange Sinema 106: Computeresque: Experiments With Light +... Read more
November 12, 2016
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter bring you Pre-Code Betty Boopathon!, a program of 16mm cartoons from 1930-1934 from the Fleischer Brothers starring the original cartoon sexpot and the most popular female cartoon character of all time: Betty Boop. Dave and Max Fleischer were true animation pioneers; the first to introduce sound in animation and creators of rotoscoping (tracing human movement from film) as well... Read more
November 4, 2016
In honor of Veteran's Day, Oddball Films presents Hey Sailor! Antique Naval VD, Training, and Ephemeral Films, a program of short films and cartoons from the 1930s-1950s centered on those brave fighting seamen who sailed the seas of yesteryear. We've got VD scare films, awkward enema lessons, Popeye cartoons, sailor chimps, musical numbers, and naked sailors galore, all on original... Read more
October 30, 2016
Oddball Films invites you to a unique evening with author and musicologist Richie Unterberger for our Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly soiree featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights. Unterberger is back – after two jam-packed previous shows – to present rare film clips of rock performers from around the world - and mostly from non-English speaking countries - from the 1960s through... Read more
October 22, 2016
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema, a monthly evening of old finds, rare gems and newly discovered films from the stacks of the archive. Drawing on his collection of over 50,000 16mm film prints- the largest archive in Northern California - Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has compiled his 105th program of offbeat, quirky, experimental outtakes and unusual films. Strange Sinema 105: World’s Strangest Films is a tribute to the... Read more
October 21, 2016
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter bring you Stop-Motion Explosion!, a program of mind-blowing 16mm stop-motion animation from the 1930s to the 1990s. In a world saturated with CGI, Oddball Films opens the vaults to celebrate when historical, fantastical and anthropomorphic creatures were hand-sculpted and manipulated into “life.” This program features stop-motion heavy-hitters Ray Harryhausen, George Pal, Rankin/Bass... Read more