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June 21, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Mid-Century Modern Animation, a program of stylish, clever, and award-winning cartoon shorts that are unmistakably mid-century with a color, feel and shape all their own. The mid-... Read more
June 20, 2014
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema, a monthly screening of new finds, old gems and offbeat oddities from Oddball Films’ vast collection of 16mm film prints. Drawing on his archive of over 50,000 films, Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has complied his 77th program of classic, strange, offbeat and unusual films. This installment, Strange Sinema 77: Sixties Synesthesia takes a heady sideways look at the multimedia art forms and kinetic... Read more
June 15, 2014
Oddball Films and guest curator Lynn Cursaro present The Twenties Aplenty: Saucy, Sassy, Silly . . . and How! The Jazz Age left us a bizarre record of itself and we’ll draw from newsreels, cartoons, stag curios, art film and comedy classics to get a little taste of that seemingly carefree time. The high-divers, whip-tricks and acrobatic feats of Oddball Stunts (1929) might seem antiquated, but they’re still jaw-dropping.  The Fleischer... Read more
June 12, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present  Spectral Cinema: Frightening Films for Friday the 13th with a selection of obscure horror shorts, haunting excerpts and spooky-kooky cartoons from the 1930s-1980s.  Anjelica Huston stars in the made-for-tv adaptation of William Faulkner's Victorian haunter A Rose for Emily (1983).  A man's conscience and a ghostly heartbeat won't allow him to get away with murder in a... Read more
June 12, 2014
Oddball Films presents Will Vinton's Claymation Marvels, an evening celebrating the work of one of the most creative and entertaining animators of all time, Will Vinton.  The winner of an Academy Award, numerous television Emmys, and international animation awards numbering in the hundreds, Vinton used Claymation, a term he trademarked, to great effect in his early career and later bringing to life iconic advertising... Read more
June 8, 2014
Sink your fangs into delicious excerpts from the famous Dracula (1931), starring Bela Lugosi, a confection that introduced the legendary Count Dracula and his spider eating minion Renfield to the silver screen. silent cinema trailers featuring Lon Chaney Sr. as Quasimodo in the Hunchback of Notre Dame(1925), and as a deformed phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House in Phantom of the Opera (1925) and Paul Leni’s expressionistic comedy horror film The Cat and the Canary (1927) inspired by Broadway stage plays and the cornerstone of Universal Pictures horror genre; Dracula (B+W, 1931) In this... Read more
June 5, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present What the F(ilm)?! 6: Cine-insanity from the Archive an evening of some of the most bizarre, hilarious and insane films from our massive 16mm collection. This time the cine-psychosis includes a pubescent musical with 16-year-old Paula Abdul, baby olympics, giant talking bars of soap and  even singing harem dogs!  Featuring Junior High School (1978), a hilariously awkward musicalamity featuring a 16... Read more
June 3, 2014
Oddball Films presents Visionaries of Dance, a sumptuous evening of rare 16mm films dedicated to the innovators of the art of dance and the transformative nature of film to bring that art and beauty out in new and imaginative ways.  The grande dame of modern dance, Martha Graham, brings us into her studio as her dancers demonstrate the techniques created and imparted to them by the pioneering dancer and... Read more
May 26, 2014
Oddball Films welcomes the Klik! Amsterdam Animation Festival on its epic West Coast tour for a screening of Midnight Madness, the strangest of the strange from their annual international animation submissions.  Every year the KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival team receives and works through 1500+ animated shorts. There are those films that make you go, “What the flying fu¢k were these people thinking/sniffing/smoking?” And, “Where can we... Read more
May 26, 2014
Oddball Films presents The Saul Bass Treatment, an evening of films showcasing one of the 20th century’s legendary graphic designers, filmmakers and title producers - Saul Bass. The man responsible for some of the most easily recognizable corporate logos, film posters and film title sequences was–in his own right–an incredible, visionary and award-winning filmmaker. Films include documentary Bass on Titles (1982) featuring the man himself... Read more
May 22, 2014
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema, a monthly screening of new finds, old gems and offbeat oddities from the collection. Drawing on his archive of over 50,000 16mm film prints, Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has compiled his 76thprogram of classic, strange, offbeat and unusual films. This installment, Strange Sinema 76: Expanded Cinema features a tour-de-force of Oddball’s favorite short films-in a multiple projection format!... Read more
May 20, 2014
Oddball Films and guest curator/archivist Scotty Slade invite you to Beyond Words: The Art of Communication, a presentation of 16mm films and live poetic performances exploring the need for and the many faces of language. Although the likes of Plato and Socrates had already postulated as much, it wasn’t until the year 1964 a.d. that the wizard and media theorist Marshall McLuhan finally broke the spell the phonetic alphabet had... Read more
May 15, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Learn Your Lesson...about your Feelings: An Emotional Shockucation, the fifteenth 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're dealing with our emotions; those mighty forces of rage, pain, fear and love!  A white-coater explains the basic emotions and uses... Read more
May 15, 2014
Oddball Films and guest curator Lynn Cursaro present A Global Childhood: The Cinema of Youth. From the marvelous to the melancholic, silly to the sublime; this program is an exploration of a whole range of youthful emotion, using scenes from world cinema classics from France, India, Japan, Spain and Canada and some of our favorite domestic educational shorts.  Highlights from the enduring and beloved Pather Panchali (1955), by... Read more
May 11, 2014
Oddball Films invites you to join original Cockette Rumi Missabu for a screening of the compelling feature documentary Uncle Bob about the life and death of infamous Oscar streaker Robert Opel.  This riveting documentary profiles performance artist Robert Opel, the man who "streaked" the Oscars in 1974 and was murdered in his homoerotic art gallery South of Market in 1979.  His nephew, Robert Oppel revisits the lasting legacy and... Read more
May 8, 2014
Oddball Films and guest curator Monty Cantsin present Type-Rites, a whirlwind cine-tour of typewriting: The World's Fastest Typist! The Bird That Could Type! Typewriter Percussion! And more! For one night only, we'll take in the sounds, sights, scenes (and sexual politics) of this beloved/outmoded (electro)mechanical device, by way of various nearly-forgotten artifacts of 20th Century cinema. A wide ranging program with forays... Read more
May 4, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Fostering Genius: The Best of the National Film Board of Canada, with a program of exquisite and award-winning short films, animation and experimental works, all from the NFB. In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the NFB and what would have been the 100th birthday of Norman McLaren; we have this hand-picked selection of clever, hypnotic, mind-blowing, and often politically progressive work of some... Read more
May 1, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present What the F(ilm)?! 5: Cine-insanity from the Archive an evening of some of the most bizarre, hilarious and insane films from our massive 16mm collection. In this edition, we've got clown-faced mental hygiene primers, talking horses, grandpas gone AWOL, a claymation tooth rock opera and doll parts flying everywhere! We've got the small screen oddity Mae West Meets Mister Ed (1964) in which Mae... Read more
April 28, 2014
Oddball Films brings you Wanderlust - The Great American Road Trip, an evening of vintage 16mm films about our need to travel and the sights, sounds, and smells of American backroads set to be discovered by car, bus or train. From Technicolor promotional films to chimp-tastic travelogues, cartoons and more, this night is sure to move you. We'll begin the evening with original trailers for Easy Rider, White Lightning and ... Read more
April 24, 2014
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema, a monthly screening of new finds, old gems and offbeat oddities from the collection. Drawing on his archive of over 50,000 16mm film prints Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has complied his 75thprogram of classic, strange, offbeat and unusual films. This installment, Strange Sinema 75: Strange Discoveries celebrates the 75thanniversary of monthly Strange Sinema screenings. In true Strange Sinema... Read more