News & Events

October 18, 2014
The San Francisco Media Archive and Oddball Films would like to welcome you to Home Movie Day in conjunction with the 12th Annual Worldwide Home Movie Day.  Members of the public are invited to submit their home movies. Bring your films: 8mm, Super 8, 16mm, and even Beta and VHS home movies to SFMA where they will be inspected and viewed by HMD... Read more
October 16, 2014
Oddball Films and guest curator Christina Yglesias present Mixers, Moogs, and Modulars: a Night of Electronic Music. This synth-y show features live electronic music performance, educational films about now-vintage technologies, amazing synthy scores, and some weird animation.  Things will start off with a live set by local electronic musicians, Dan Steffy and Nick Wang, that use both old and new technology. Come early for... Read more
October 12, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter bring you Animation's Early Days, an evening of animation from the 1910s through the early 1930s hand-picked from the collection, including several super-rarities you won't see anywhere else.  From the kooky to the spooky, silly to the sexy with a little Rudolf Ising, Friz Freleng, Paul Terry, the Fleischer Brothers, Lotte Reiniger, Ladislas Starevich, Walt Di$ney and imitators, just to... Read more
October 9, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Learn Your Lesson All-Stars: A Celebrity Shockucation, the 20th 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 featuring a Who's Who of celebrities from the 1970s and 1980s with educational cameos from OJ Simpson, Richard Dreyfuss, Bill Cosby, Ally Sheedy, ... Read more
October 5, 2014
Oddball Films welcomes Ladyfest Bay Area for a filmic celebration of strong powerful women throughout history in the program Sisters are Doin' It for Themselves. From lady wrestlers to big band leaders, musical numbers and animated inspirations, this multi-faceted program of vintage 16mm films documents the shifting role of women over the last 70 years and those pioneers that paved the way for women's equality. Films include Faith Hubley's... Read more
October 3, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter bring you Psychedelicatessen: A Feast For The Eyes, a super fun, crazy night of our very favorite vintage eye-poppers, mind-benders, jaw-droppers and head-scratchers.  From hallucinatory dental hygiene to swingin' promotional films to surreal cartoons, this is one night your eyes will thank you for, if they don't fall out of your head!  The madness includes Match Your Mood (1968), a mind-... Read more
September 28, 2014
Oddball Films presents Aqua Frolics - Underwater Adventures, an evening of antique aquatic wonderment.  From Jacques Cousteau to underwater capers, surfing pin-ups and visionary Czech mixed-media, cartoons and more. The oceanic oddities include a large excerpt of The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958), an awe-inspiring and surreal vision of Verne’s novel “Face au drapeau” (“Facing the Flag”) with hand-painted backdrops, puppet fish... Read more
September 26, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present The Cartoon Genius of Chuck Jones, a night of cartoon hilarity from the brilliant mind of 4-time Oscar-winning animator Chuck Jones with some of his greatest shorts from the 1930s-1970s.  From iconic characters to esoteric flights of fancy to wartime propaganda, this program offers a mere sampling of Jones' prodigious career spanning 7 decades and over 250 films.  Chuck's first Oscar... Read more
September 25, 2014
Oddball Films presents Cine-Collage - Remixing the Moving Image, a program of collage films and animations all made decades before digital editing and youtube with works by Bruce Conner, Chuck Braverman, Arthur Lipsett, Frank Mouris, Animal Charm, Martin Arnold and even Tex Avery. Collage film began with the clever and brilliant Bruce Conner in the 1950s, recontextualizing bits of found footage and other film into a new, and completely... Read more
September 21, 2014
Oddball Films welcomes Ladyfest Bay Area for a filmic celebration of strong powerful women throughout history in the program. Seraphic Dialogue (Color, 1969) Pioneering modern dancer and choreographer Martha Graham brings her unique artistry to the tale of Joan of Arc.  This powerful and beautiful piece features dynamic sets by Isamu Noguchi. Women Of the World (WOW) (Color, 1975)Wife and partner of animator John Hubley (... Read more
September 19, 2014
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema, 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 80th program of classic, strange, offbeat and unusual films. This installment, Strange Sinema: Trance Cinema is an exploration into the cinematic documentation of altered states. Drawing on rare... Read more
September 14, 2014
Oddball Films welcomes Author and Film Historian Jim Morton for our Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly soiree featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights.   Film historian and editor of ReSearch’s Incredibly Strange Films, Morton has turned his attention to the films of East Germany and discovered that they are every bit as odd as anything from the West. He will be at Oddball Films for one night... Read more
September 11, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Learn Your Lesson...from the 1980s - A Radical Shockucation, the nineteenth in a 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 diving straight into the decade of decadence with an entire program of Oddball Premieres including Rapping Nutritional Primers, Christian Sex-... Read more
September 11, 2014
Oddball Films and curators Lynn Cursaro and Kat Shuchter present Condensed Cream of Chuck Braverman, a program celebrating the work of groundbreaking and Oscar-nominated documentarian Charles Braverman, from back in his heyday of the 1960s and 1970s. Braverman pioneered a kinestatic style that merged documentary with experimental film, creating a unique and dazzling montage of still imagery, animation and short snippets of live-action film.... Read more
September 7, 2014
Oddball Films presents Mae West, Young Man! a night dedicated to the beauty, brains and belly laughs of one of the most entertaining comediennes in history. Mae West was more than a beautiful buxom blonde, she was a quick-witted and gifted comedienne that often wrote her own snappy dialogue including some of the best one-liners of all time.  The centerpiece of the evening, I'm No Angel (1933) is a racy romantic musical comedy... Read more
September 4, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present What the F(ilm)?! 9: Cine-Insanity from the Archive, an evening of some of the most bizarre, hilarious and insane films from our massive 16mm collection. This month, we're going back to completely random programming with Drunk Dogs, Circus Soundies, Gun Safety, Jam Handy, Hammy the Hamster, and Beatnik Oddities just to name a few! When Patches, the St. Bernard, gets drunk... Read more
August 30, 2014
Oddball Films presents The Dawn of the Planet of the Computers, a program of vintage films about the rise of computer technology and the early predictions for an automated future. From Ray Bradbury Sci-Fi to William Shatner explaining microprocessors, animation and more, take a look at the future of technology through the eyes of the past.  Science Fiction's perennial Captain, William Shatner gets trippy with silica and... Read more
August 28, 2014
Oddball Films and guest curator Christina Yglesias present Beauties, Babes, and Burlesque, a sampling of sexy short films. There will be bikini babes, pretty pin-ups, dancing ladies, and steamy stripteases, all from the 30's, 40's, and 50's. The night will progress from innocent to not-so-innocent as we take a look into the sexy (and by today's standards, sexist) world of films created to showcase beautiful women and titillate... Read more
August 22, 2014
Oddball Films presents Fight the Power: Radicals, Resistance and Revolution, an empowering and entertaining evening of film rarities documenting the history and enduring legacy of the anarchists, revolutionaries, protestors and artists that stood up to change the world. From Feminists to Black Panthers, this cinematic ode to dissent and demonstration features documentaries, experimental and collage film and even stop-motion... Read more
August 21, 2014
Oddball Films and guest curator Lynn Cursaro, present Unstoppable: The Many Moods of Momentum, a relentless exploration of the forces of physics and emotion with filmmakers like Chuck Jones, Claude Lelouch, Arthur Lipsett, and Halas and Batchelor. Classic cartoons, crash test footage, experimental cinema, silent Wonder Dogs and a school film or two tell tales of inertia spun out of control! Wheels, Wheels, Wheels (1970) is an... Read more