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March 5, 2015
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Learn Your Lesson... 2 Year Anniversary: Shockucation's Greatest Hits, the 25th in a monthly series of programs highlighting the most ridiculous, insane and camptastic educational films, mental hygiene primers and TV specials of the collection. After 24 months of digging out the best and worst the archive has to offer, we are celebrating our 2 Year Anniversary with a sampler of all our favorite... Read more
March 5, 2015
Oddball Films presents Fantasmes Français with an almost entirely newly-unearthed slate of marvelous and award-winning French shorts from the likes of Pierre Etaix, Claude Berri, Jean Mitry, Robert Enrico, and Jean L'Hôte. This multi-genred program features everything from farce to experimental to animation with chilling, heart-warming, hilarious and animated shorts dug out of our 40,000 16mm film archive. The hilarious Pierre Etaix wrote... Read more
February 26, 2015
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema 85,  a once monthly evening of newly discovered and avant-garde rarities from the stacks of the archive. Drawing on his collection of over 50,000 16mm film prints, Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has compiled his 85th program of classic, strange, offbeat and unusual films. This installment, Strange Sinema 85: Dada and Post-Modern Surrealism (The Land of the Melting Watches) features an eye-... Read more
February 25, 2015
Oddball Films welcomes veteran filmmaker and visionary musician David Michalak and his sound score based experimental music group Reel Change to our Cinema Soiree,  a monthly soiree featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights and films. During this program, Sonic Cinema, David will be discussing, composing, collaborating and creating soundscores for his films, showing film clips, and... Read more
February 25, 2015
Oddball Films presents Amour Macabre, a night of murderous romantic melodramas as Friday the 13th and Valentines Eve coincide with two all-star powerhouse episodes of 60s mystery TV as well as ill-fated ephemeral films.  Ida Lupino directs a witchy episode of Boris Karloff's Thriller - La Strega (1962), starring a then-unknown Ursula Andress who must shake her witchy past to fall in love with a handsome stranger. This tragic romance features palpable chemistry between Andress and Alejandro Rey, Jeanette Nolan's scene-stealing performance as one of the most authentically creepy witches ever... Read more
February 19, 2015
Oddball Films and guest curator Christina Yglesias present Yesterday's Tomorrow: A Night of Past Futures. The program features an eclectic mix of future prediction films brought to you from the 20th century. There will be humans living on other planets, environmental destruction, the predecessor to OkCupid, personal computers that kill, automatic kitchens, cyborgs, time travel, and more! Whether laughable or eerily spot-on, these future... Read more
February 15, 2015
Oddball Films presents Dangerous Dames and Brutal Beauties, a 16mm program of witches, temptresses, murderesses, vampires, brawling convicts, derby dolls and more fearsome femmes.  Ida Lupino directs a witchy episode of Boris Karloff's Thriller - La Strega (1962), starring a then-unknown Ursula Andress who must shake her witchy past to fall in love with a handsome stranger. This tragic romance features palpable chemistry between... Read more
February 13, 2015
Oddball Films presents Oddball's Vintage Valentine - Love, Sex and VD, a night of 16mm mental hygiene shorts, VD scare films and sensuous ephemera to get your Valentines weekend off to a strange and sexy start.  Dating Do's and Don'ts (1949) will teach you how to pick the right girl for your teen carnival and how to have the squeaky-clean time of your teenaged life. And girls can learn how not to be sluts, but still treat a boy to a... Read more
February 8, 2015
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Masters of Animation - Tex Avery , a celebration of one of the funniest, most irreverent animators of the 20th century; the man who created such iconic cartoons characters as Bugs Bunny (and coined "What's Up Doc?"), Daffy Duck, Droopy and many more.  Fred "Tex" Avery's iconoclastic style transformed the adorable and fuzzy characters of Di$ney studios into comedians, half-wits and... Read more
February 5, 2015
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Learn your Lesson... about the Atomic Bomb - A Radioactive Shockucation, the 24th in a monthly series of programs highlighting the most ridiculous, insane and camptastic educational films, mental hygiene primers and TV specials of the collection. This month, we're heading back to the Cold War and the preparedness films made by The Department of Civil Defense through fear of nuclear annihilation... Read more
February 1, 2015
Oddball Films presents Optical Delusions, a night of mind-bending optical experimentation featuring the photographic tricks of Weegee, psychedelic science shorts, Op-Art and the viscerally kaleidoscopic imagery of Donald Fox, Peter Foldes and Pat O'Neill.  Legendary photographer Weegee teaches you how to manipulate images with a camera to create three-legged women and two-headed poodles in Camera Magic (1955). Donald Fox's optically... Read more
January 29, 2015
Oddball Films present What the F(ilm)?! 10: The Cine-insanity is Back... with a Vengeance! , an evening of some of the most bizarre, hilarious and insane films from our massive 16mm collection. This time around, we've got lady wrestlers, superhero dating services, Brando spoofs, sneaky squeaky squirrels, forest orchestras and much much more!  Zip along with Captain Mom (1972) as he woos the domineering super-heroine of his dreams in a... Read more
January 24, 2015
Oddball Films and guest curator John Schmidt present Relics and Remnants: The Cinema of What’s Left, an evening exploration of ruin, decay, and loss. The program begins with Bay Area filmmaker and journalist Jon Else’s You Don’t Die Here (1972), an impressionistic documentary portrait of a small, eccentric community eking out an existence in the unforgiving light of California’s Death Valley. Across the world, Eugene Boyko... Read more
January 22, 2015
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema 84, a monthly screening of new finds, old gems and offbeat oddities from the archive. Drawing on his collection of over 50,000 16mm film prints, Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has compiled his 84th (and 7-year anniversary!) program of classic, strange, offbeat and unusual films. This installment, Strange Sinema 84: Holographic is an anthology of carefully crafted experimental films emphasizing... Read more
January 22, 2015
Bacall To Arms (Color, 1946) Directed by an un-credited Bob Clampett, this Merrie Melodies release features some great Hollywood star caricature- and a nasty final blackface gag (which hit the cutting room floor in modern times). Dough for the Do-Do (Robert Clampett, Color, 1949) D'oh! The gang remade 1938’s Porky in Wackyland, this time in full color to make those Dali... Read more
January 18, 2015
Oddball Films welcomes Animation Historian, Author and Professor Karl Cohen for our Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly soiree featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights. Forbidden Animation spans sixty years of animated works banned because of their sexual innuendo, political points-of-view and racial undertones. From pre-code cartoons and works banned by the Hays office (1934-... Read more
January 15, 2015
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Learn Your Lesson...about your Parents: Not your Mother's Shockucation, the 23rd in a monthly series of programs highlighting the most ridiculous, insane and camptastic educational films, mental hygiene primers and TV specials of the collection. This month, we're dealing with our parents; drunk parents, deaf parents, nagging parents, divorcing parents and all the special, touching... Read more
January 13, 2015
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter presents Broad Strokes: Pioneering Women in Animation, celebrating the legacy of some of the innovative women to bring pictures to life.  This beautiful program features a variety of silhouette, stop-motion, sand, cut-out and cell-animation with work by Lotte Reiniger, Evelyn Lambart, Hermína Týrlová, Eva Szasz, Caroline Leaf, Faith Hubley, Mary Blair and more! While the animation world (and the film... Read more
January 9, 2015
Oddball Films presents Antique Animal Antics!, a program of vintage films full of adorable, hilarious and anthropomorphic animals.  Decades before youtube, CGI, and the Buddies franchise, these furry film stars were doing tricks, solving crimes, talking, singing and drinking too much! The evening's beastly brigade includes the knee-slapping anti-drug scare film The Cat Who Drank and Used Too Much (1987).  Monkey spy, monkey do... Read more
January 4, 2015
Oddball Films presents Celluloid Archaeology, a program of rare and imaginative shorts that we've excavated from the vast depths of our 16mm collection to be saved from obscurity.   From international animation to documentary, ethnomusicology to dance; these shorts run the gamut of styles, but all represent the power of film to expand the imagination and dazzle the eye. Most of the films are making their Oddball premiere and most are... Read more