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January 4, 2015
Oddball Films presents Film Capsule 1965 - Groundbreaking Cinema Half a Century Later with a selection of some of the most fascinating, award-winning, visionary and mind-blowing shorts from 50 years ago.  This multi-genred program includes insightful documentaries, innovative animation and transformative avant-garde works, all made in 1965. Polish artist Jan Lenica's hip animated reimagining of Ionesco's Rhinoceros (1965) paints an absurd picture of the dangers of conformity. Buck Dancer (1965) is acclaimed ethnomusicologist Bess Lomax-Hawes' mesmerizing musical artifact featuring Mississippi... Read more
December 23, 2014
The Archivist's Dilemma: Q&A With Oddball Films' Stephen Parr http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-nirenberg/the-archivists-dilemma-q...... Read more
December 14, 2014
Oddball Films invites you to Oddball's XXX-mas Spectacular, a program of vintage 16mm weirdness, with a delightful hodge-podge of creepy and kitschy Holiday insanity, seasonal and sexy animation, and bizarro smut all from our massive archive.  In Santa's camp, we have the insanely campy Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen (1951) from Sid Davis, the man who brought us such shock classics "The Dangerous Stranger" and "Why Did Sammy Speed... Read more
December 14, 2014
In honor of Hanukkah, Oddball Films and Jewish curator Kat Shuchter bring you Jew Ought to be in Pictures: Choice Comedy Rarities from the Chosen People.  This program of comedy masters features rare films with hilarious Jews like Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sid Caesar, The Marx Brothers, Jack Benny, Mel Blanc,... Read more
December 11, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Learn Your Lesson...from the Mormons: An LDS Shockucation, the 22nd 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 are tapping into the ultra-schmaltzy mental-hygiene shorts of Brigham Young University.  While rarely using the church as a character or setting, these... Read more
December 8, 2014
Oddball Films presents I Want it All! - Consumer Culture on the Skids, a program of vintage films that fall on both sides of the issue of wealth, consumption, and advertising.  With long and short-form commercials, cartoons and capitalist-skewering satire, it's an evening that will make you think differently about pulling out your wallet.  Pick the color of your refrigerator to Match Your Mood (1960s), a swingin' promotional film from... Read more
December 5, 2014
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema 83: Bizarre Cinema Histories, a monthly screening of new finds, old gems and offbeat oddities from Oddball Films’ collection of over 50,000 film prints. Tonight we present another offbeat look at the origins and bizarre expressions of cinema through historical inventions, experimental innovations and hand-made films throughout the ages. We start off with a fascinating documentary The Origins... Read more
November 30, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter bring you Cartoons in Space: Intergalactic Animation, a program of international Space Age animated shorts about rockets, planets, aliens and more outer space fun.   As the 1950s ushered in the Space Age, the international imagination was seized by space-fever as man made his first attempts to blast out of this atmosphere and into the vast universe beyond.  The... Read more
November 23, 2014
Oddball Films will be closed this week for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Have a delicious time with your friends and family and come see us next week for more eclectic and entertaining programming.
November 23, 2014
Oddball Films presents the Cinema Soiree Series, an upcoming monthly soiree featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights.  Join us for screenings and eye-opening discussions on a wide-range of celluloid subjects.Jim Morton on East German Cinema - Thursday, September 18thRichie Unterberger on Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock - Thursday, October 23rd... Read more
November 16, 2014
Oddball Films presents Outsider Artists and a sneak peak at John Turner’s portrait of Korla Pandit, the visionary television organist as part of its the Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly soiree featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights. Join us for screenings and eye-opening discussions on a wide-range of celluloid subjects. Tonight we bring you John Turner, author, producer... Read more
November 16, 2014
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema 82, 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 82nd program of classic, strange, offbeat and unusual films. This month we present Strange Sinema 82: The Wild World of Saul Bass.  Films include the Oddball audience favorite Bass on Titles (... Read more
November 13, 2014
Oddball Films has the rare opportunity to present the sixth annual installment in the innovative interview-based series MESS (Media Ecology Soul Salon) featuring  writer, editor, podcast host, musician and techno-counterculture iconoclast R.U. Sirius. Los Angeles media artist and curator Gerry Fialka will interview Sirius in person on the Oddball Cine Stage.  This event is a MESS (Media... Read more
November 9, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present The Future is Calling: Stunning Science Shorts from Bell Labs. Bell Laboratories— beyond inventing the transistor, the laser, the electron tube, the first communications satellite and so much more— also created some of the most visually stunning and campy industrial “What’s New” and “How-To” films as well as produced television programs that sought to bring science education to an... Read more
November 7, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Learn Your Lesson from Di$ney: An Animated Shockucation, the 21st in a monthly series of programs highlighting the most ridiculous, insane and camptastic shockucational films and TV specials of the collection. While obviously more well known for their animated features, Di$ney (as Walt Di$ney Educational Media) has been making educational primers since the 1940s with audacious subject... Read more
November 2, 2014
Oddball Films presents Automania 2000:  Vintage Cars on Film, a night of awesome automobiles from the 1950s-1980s dug out of the Oddball Archive. This high-octane 16mm program features midget car racing, mid-century automotive animation, kitschy promotional and scare films, vintage car shows and commercials all highlighting that magic machine on four wheels; the automobile. Behold the beauty of the "newest" line of Chevy sedans in the... Read more
October 31, 2014
Oddball Films presents Oddball's Haunted Halloween Hullabaloo, a special Halloween program of haunting ephemeral films with dancing ghosts, satanic stripteases, creepy cartoons, ghostly educational films, murderous musical numbers, terrifying trailers and more spooktacular cinema. Ichabod Crane faces off against a faceless undead monster in the much beloved Di$ney classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949). Betty Boop heads down... Read more
October 27, 2014
Oddball Films presents Trance Cinema: The Power of Possession. Drawing on rare ethnographic, documentary and experimental acquisitions from the archives; this program showcases powerful healing ceremonies, ceremonial dances and ritualized trance states from around the world. Films include Holy Ghost People(1967), San Franciscan Peter Adair’s (“The Word is Out”) legendary cinema verite documentary about Pentecostal... Read more
October 24, 2014
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema 81: Time, Space and Movement, 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 81st program of classic, strange, offbeat and unusual films. This eye-popping program explores the themes of Time, Space and Movement (the representational essence of film... Read more
October 19, 2014
Oddball Films welcomes Author and Musicologist Richie Unterberger for our Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly soiree featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights. To mark the publication of the expanded ebook version of his book Urban Spacemen & Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators & Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock, Unterberger will present clips of a dozen or so of the... Read more