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November 3, 2016
Oddball Films presents Political Party Animals: Bizarro Politics and Propaganda, a night of the most strangest electoral eccentricities of the archive. On the week of the most controversial presidential election of the century, we're tapping into the historical and hysterical vaults of the collection with tons of politically themed cartoons, commercials, spoofs, propaganda and musical numbers from the 1930s-1980s. All- American... Read more
October 30, 2016
Oddball Films invites you to a unique evening with author and musicologist Richie Unterberger for our Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly soiree featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights. Unterberger is back – after two jam-packed previous shows – to present rare film clips of rock performers from around the world - and mostly from non-English speaking countries - from the 1960s through... Read more
October 28, 2016
Oddball Films presents Vintage Halloween Cinema Spooktacular, a program of vintage 16mm films to get us in the mood for All Hallows' Eve with cartoons, ridiculous educational films, giant genitalia costumes, Satanic smut, witches, ghouls and made-for-tv terrors. Halloween Safety (1985) gives us valuable lessons about awesome robot costumes, horrible face makeup and of course, tainted candy. One man... Read more
October 22, 2016
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema, a monthly evening of old finds, rare gems and newly discovered films from the stacks of the archive. Drawing on his collection of over 50,000 16mm film prints- the largest archive in Northern California - Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has compiled his 105th program of offbeat, quirky, experimental outtakes and unusual films. Strange Sinema 105: World’s Strangest Films is a tribute to the... Read more
October 21, 2016
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter bring you Stop-Motion Explosion!, a program of mind-blowing 16mm stop-motion animation from the 1930s to the 1990s. In a world saturated with CGI, Oddball Films opens the vaults to celebrate when historical, fantastical and anthropomorphic creatures were hand-sculpted and manipulated into “life.” This program features stop-motion heavy-hitters Ray Harryhausen, George Pal, Rankin/Bass... Read more
October 15, 2016
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Cults, Sects and Mind-Control, a program of vintage films, trailers, original news footage and TV specials about the extremities of beliefs that can lead to brainwashing, violence and even murder. It's October, and that means it's time to examine the darker reaches of our souls, beginning with the tenuous grasp we each have on our own self-will. This program will... Read more
October 15, 2016
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter bring you The Dark Artists - Witches, Warlocks, and Satanists, a program of vintage 16mm netherworld delights with saucy cartoons, lost TV episodes, experimental marvels, satanic smut and more! 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... Read more
October 13, 2016
The San Francisco Media Archive and Oddball Films present Bay Area Bizarre - SF's Strangest Amateurs, Indies, Smut, and Home Movies in conjunction with the 14th Annual Worldwide Home Movie Day. This night of 16mm cinema from the 1930s-1970s includes swimming horses, drag fairy tales, children acting as adults, homegrown erotica, psychedelic animation and rare films by hometown heroes George Kuchar, Chick Strand, and Vince Collins. We... Read more
October 12, 2016
Oddball Films continues the spooky month of October with From the Beyond: Past Lives, Ghosts, and Telekinesis, an unsettling program of spooky phenomenons on 16mm film unearthed from the archive. Go under hypnosis and seek out your past lives with The Bloxham Tapes (1978). These actual recordings (and the re-imagined reenactments) of the hypnosis sessions of Arnall Bloxham reveal the kind of uncanny details that lend to... Read more
October 9, 2016
Oddball Films presents Killer Science: Nature's Horror Show, an evening of vintage 16mm science and nature films from the 1930s-1970s highlighting the dark, grisly, and deadly aspects of Mother Nature's wrath. From man-eating sharks to killer hurricanes to hungry bugs and battling squids, it's one night of nature's fury you won't want to miss. Leonard Nimoy explores the mysteries of the earth's deadliest storms when he goes In... Read more
October 6, 2016
Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears 1944 Chuck Jones Pixie & Dixie Mighty Mite  Pixie and Dixie  Kit Kat Kit Pixie and Dixie Rapid Robot Sleep Happy is the 33rd animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on March 26, 1951, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal International. As an exhausted Woody trudges through the streets trying to find a room for the night, he comes across a vacancy in Wally Walrus' house. Woody instantly falls asleep in Wally's bed and begins to snore in a variety of bizarre ways that... Read more
October 4, 2016
Oddball Films is kicking off the haunted month of October with Nevermore: The Horrific Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, a ghastly evening of rare 16mm short films and animation based on the Gothic novels and short stories of the grandfather of modern horror: the inimitable Edgar Allan Poe. We begin the night with trailers for two classic Hollywood adaptations: Roger Corman's House of Usher (1960) starring Vincent Price, and Phantom of the Rue... Read more
October 3, 2016
Oddball Films welcomes documentary producer/director Mary Kerr for our Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly soiree featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights. Kerr will be presenting her documentary San Francisco's Wild History Groove - a look into the untold stories of the Bay Area's Beat scene and unsung artists. The film is a “wild” history of the 50s underground art and poetry scene in... Read more
October 3, 2016
Oddball Films would like to invite you to our new Seasonal Seminar Series. We'll be opening the vaults of our incredibly unique stock footage company and film archive and inviting intriguing professional personalities to share their unique insights in various realms of cinema for filmmakers, post-production professionals and students inside San Francisco’s strangest film archive and microcinema.   Our first guest, Marc Huestis is a... Read more
September 28, 2016
Oddball Films presents Schoolhouse Schlock!, a ridiculous night of campy, trashy, antiquated, bizarre, and hilarious 16mm educational films from the archive. From the 1940s-1980s, with creepy puppets, evangelical batmobiles, children dancing like toasters, outdated science, and musical numbers galore, it's the best (and worst) educational film has to offer! School kids are forced to act out household appliances in a sad attempt... Read more
September 25, 2016
Oddball Films presents The 1940s and the Rise of the American Woman, a riveting night of 16mm films from the 1940s featuring the flood of women out of the home and into the workplace, the cockpit, the wrestling ring, leading the band, getting behind the camera, and into the modern era. The collection kicks off with Woman Speaks (1940s), a rare and fascinating series profiling pioneering ladies of the 1940s. Katherine Hepburn heralds the... Read more
September 22, 2016
Oddball Films presents The Menstrual Show: A Puberty Pajama Party. It's a night of hilarious and uncomfortable 16mm menstrucational short films from the buttoned-up 1940s through the frank and awkward 1980s - handpicked from our massive stock footage archive. Linda's Film on Menstruation (1974) features two clueless teens trying to figure out about the monthly cycle through cartoons, sports announcers, and game shows.  Stay out... Read more
September 17, 2016
Oddball Films presents Car-Toons: High-Octane Animation, an evening of 16mm animated shorts from the 50s and 60s - the golden age of car culture - with the need for speed. From road rage explosions to educational treasures, mid-century predictions for the future of cars, and stylish children's shorts, it's a night of animation in the fast lane. The little mole has the need for speed and soups up a toy convertible in the stunning Czech... Read more
September 15, 2016
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema, a monthly evening of old finds, rare gems and newly discovered films from the stacks of the archive. Drawing on his collection of over 50,000 16mm film prints-the largest archive in Northern California, Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has compiled his 104th program of offbeat, ethnographic, experimental, and unusual films. Strange Sinema 104: Alternative Artscapes is a... Read more
September 15, 2016
Overeaters Anonymous - It Works! 1985Dramatizes some of the pressures a woman faces because of her failure to control her eating, and her first attendance at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting.... Read more