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February 25, 2014
Oddball Films presents We Like Short Shorts! Vintage Trailers, Commercials, Soundies and More.  It's a night of quick cuts and short snippets with a heap load of eccentric exploitation trailers, cigarette and beer commercials, Technicolor cartoons, and sensational soundies! Mandatory Edits (Color+B+W, c.1950-1965)This wacko reel of censored film clips will be presented as found.  Marked “Mandatory Edits” and compiled presumably by the editor at the big Los Angeles TV station where this reel originated, these feature film clips were apparently deemed too violent, sexual, suggestive or... Read more
February 23, 2014
Oddball Films and guest curator Charles Redon present Voulez-Vous Danser Avec Moi? an evening of exquisite vintage dance films hosted by Mathilde Froustey, principal dancer at the San Francisco Ballet. As the educational film Body Language (1974) reminds us, movements and gestures are our first means to communicate beyond words. On a collective level, dance is also a mirror for societies: in his film called Step Style... Read more
February 16, 2014
Oddball Films and guest curator Louis Steven present Universal Rhythms: The Pulse of Time, a cinematic exploration where mechanized time is an additive practicality but ultimately just one of the rhythms along which we experience life. Through scientific and cultural research Of Time, Work and Leisure (1962) paints an amusingly dystopian picture of the pressures and speed on modern man; meanwhile What Time is Your Body?(1973)... Read more
February 15, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Experiments in Animation, a dazzling, psychedelic and innovative night of groundbreaking animation from around the world.  Not your average cartoon show, this varied program features direct animation, optical printing, pixilation, early computer graphics, and absurd and surreal cell animation from innovative masters like Norman McLaren, Jan Lenica, Vince Collins, John Whitney,... Read more
February 14, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Learn Your Lesson...On Dating - A Romantic Shockucation, the twelfth 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, spend your Valentine's night learning all about the trials and tribulations of dating in yesteryear that still hold true (if not... Read more
February 13, 2014
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema, a monthly screening of new finds, old gems and offbeat oddities from Oddball Films’ collection of over 50,000 film prints. Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has complied his 73th program of classic, strange, offbeat and unusual films. This special Valentine's installment: Strange Sinema 73: You Got WHAT?, examines the subject of sexually transmitted diseases. This genre-bending program... Read more
February 3, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present What the F(ilm)?! 2: A Second Helping of Cine-insanity an evening of some of the most bizarre, hilarious and insane films from our massive 16mm collection. From hallucinating clowns to drunk cats, Fellini spoofs to hair-lice primers and even more singing bear cine-insanity, this is one night of rare and hilarious head-scratchers you won't want to miss.  The madness includes Oddball... Read more
February 3, 2014
Oddball Films presents Visions of Dystopia, an evening of mind-bending short films that transport us into alternate realities; be it the bleak future, or a dark and dangerous fantasy realm.  Based on a Ray Bradbury story and directed by the legendary Saul and Elaine Bass, Quest (1984) is one boy's jaw-dropping journey to save an entire race before he outlives his 8 day lifespan.  West Coast experimental filmmaker Donald Fox’s ... Read more
January 27, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present The Weird Weird West - Chimps, Cartoons and Rock 'n' Roll, a program of some of the strangest, most inventive, psychedelic, hilarious, animated, musical and interesting takes on the Old West.  From chimp cowboys to interpretive dancing ghosts, Marlene Dietrich to Lenny Bruce, this is one night that goes way beyond the genre of the Western while still revering its tropes.  Jon Byner's... Read more
January 25, 2014
Oddball Films presents Cinema Parisienne - Vintage Paris through the Filmmaker's Lens, a program of 16mm films from the 1920s-1970s highlighting the art, architecture and nightlife of Paris. While vacation season may be over, that doesn't mean we can't take a rare trip across the world and back in time to celebrate the romantic mystery of the Paris of yesteryear with short films in a wide-... Read more
January 21, 2014
Oddball Films and guest curator Lynn Cursaro present Glamour, Grit and Gams: The 1930s Make a Spectacle of Themselves. Hollywood glitz, newsreels and popular comedy give a mostly light-hearted view of a complex era. Warner Brothers’ much-loved musicals were a bold blend of workaday woes and the fevered vision of dance director Busby Berkeley. We'll feature two stunners: the bluesy My Forgotten Man from Gold... Read more
January 21, 2014
Oddball Films presents Cult of Personality - Charismatic Mini-Docs with an evening of short portrait documentaries about outlandish, endearing and out-there characters from a selection of notable and award-winning filmmakers. In I Remember Barbra (1980), Kevin Burns takes to the streets of Brooklyn for recollections of Barbra Streisand from the many colorful characters of her hometown. Tom Palazzolo captures the friendly frenzy of a lunch-... Read more
January 17, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Learn Your Lesson...About Being Different - Shockucational Acceptance, the eleventh in a series of programs highlighting the most ridiculous, insane and camptastic shockucational films and TV specials of the collection.  This time, we're celebrating our differences with mime bullies, wheelchair musical numbers, homophobic jocks and even Michael Jackson singing about self-acceptance.  Michael... Read more
January 12, 2014
Picturesque Japan (Color, 1951)  During World War II, works analyzing and deconstructing Japanese culture came into demand due to a perceived need to “know your enemy” by the American government. The U.S. occupied Japan from the end of the war until 1952, during which time such texts gained popularity with a mass audience, informing a popular understanding of Japan. Some foundational claims from such studies remain instilled in the rhetoric surrounding Japanese culture. Specifically, the claim that Japan is constructed around a series of contradictions remains prevalent; that Japan is at the... Read more
January 12, 2014
Oddball Films presents Tunes and Toons: Animated Adventures in Musicland, a night of charming, stunning and vibrant animation, all about the magical process of making music.  Di$ney's Symposium on Popular Songs (1962) takes you through the first half of the 20th century of popular music through a mixture of cell-animation, stop-motion and paper cutouts, in gorgeous color (try not to lose your head when rutabagas start dancing!).  The... Read more
January 9, 2014
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present What the F (ilm)?! an evening of some of the most bizarre, hilarious and insane films from our massive 16mm collection. From puppet anger management to rockin' Grandpas, Bergman spoofs, junky dogs and more cine-insanity, this is one night of rare and hilarious head-scratchers you won't want to miss. Grandpa gets bored of the old-age home and signs his soul... Read more
January 8, 2014
Oddball Films presents Film Capsule 1964 - Groundbreaking Cinema Half a Century Later with a selection of some of the most fascinating, award-winning, visionary and mind-blowing shorts from 50 years ago.  This multi-genred program includes insightful documentaries, innovative animation and transformative avant-garde works, all made in 1964.  The Academy Award competition for best animated short was incredibly stiff that year and we... Read more
January 3, 2014
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema, a monthly screening of new finds, old gems and offbeat oddities from Oddball Films’ collection of over 50,000 film prints. Drawing on his archive of over 50,000 16mm film prints Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has complied his 72nd program of classic, strange, offbeat and unusual films. This installment Strange Sinema 72: Gypsies, Hoboes, Nomads and Vagabonds, a screening examining nomadic... Read more
December 29, 2013
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter bring you Sex, Drugs and Di$ney - Educational Shorts from the Magic Kingdom.  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 matter like menstruation, venereal diseases, child-molestation, drug abuse and more.  This program features high/lowlights of Di$ney's... Read more
December 26, 2013
Oddball Films is excited to premiere Mall Madness, a feature-length video mash-up of over 100 movie mall scenes.  Just when you thought you wouldn't have to see the inside of a mall for months, Company Incorporated brings you an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride full of sex, romance, escalators, shoot-outs, car chases, killer robots, zombies, explosions and (of course) shopping all set in a celluloid mall!  Featuring an All-Star cast... Read more