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July 15, 2012
Oddball Films and guest curator Kat Shuchter bring you So You Think You Know Dance?, a sumptuous evening dedicated to the art of Dance and the transformative nature of film to bring that art and beauty out in new and innovative 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 choreographer in A Dancer's... Read more
July 13, 2012
Oddball Films and guest curator Landon Bates bring you Spooky Booky!, a program of spooktacular gothic literary adaptations that will bring out the boo! in book.  This Friday the 13th, take a break from all your mid-summer sun-tanning and recede for an evening into the shadows, with a program of live action short story adaptations, as well as animated interpretations of several classically creepy poems.  The selections include... Read more
July 7, 2012
Oddball Films brings you Black Music In America, an evening saluting the great contribution of African American artists to the musical and cultural landscape of the mid-20th century.  From Blues, to Jazz, to Motown, to Funk, with shorts, documentaries, performances and portraits.  Including a rare screening of Bessie Smith's only screen performance before her tragic death, St. Louis Blues(1929).  Then, Louis Prima and Keely Smith get a... Read more
July 6, 2012
Oddball Films and guest curator Emily Schleiner present The Scene of the Mutant Gene!, featuring films about DNA, heredity, mutants, and genetic throwbacks!  Be amazed by the antics of mutant monsters, heredity, inheritance and see the results of science experiments on DNA long before  Jurassic Park made its debut and Dolly the sheep walked the Earth! This program features excerpts from Creature From The Black Lagoon, a water monster... Read more
July 2, 2012
Oddball Films present America The Strange. An evening of odd Americana on film, this program highlights the most masterful animations, campy educationals and downright bizarre safety films in Oddball Films 50,000 reel collection. Featuring: Vince Collins' supremely psychedelic animated tribute to our nation's bicentennial 200 (1975); precursor to Super Size Me and... Read more
June 23, 2012
Oddball Films and guest curator Christine Kwon present Portrait of a Lady: The Fashionable Struggle. Gender studies students put your black-rimmed glasses on for a night that explores the glory and plight of that most mysterious of human subjects: a woman. The collection kicks off with Woman Speaks (1940s), a rare and fascinating series profiling pioneering ladies of the 1940s. In The Fur Coat Club (1973), two young rascals sneak into an... Read more
June 23, 2012
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema 53: Kinetica, a monthly screening of offbeat films, old gems and newly discovered oddities all culled from Oddball Films 50,000 film archive. Entertaining, experimental and eye-opening, this program’s films feature an eclectic mix of kinetic, motion-oriented innovative art and sounds from the 20thcentury. Films include the mesmerizing documentary Kinetic Art in Paris (1971), a viscerally... Read more
June 22, 2012
Oddball Films presents Come Fly With Me! - an evening of vintage travel films.  Let us whisk you away to exotic faraway places, to lands forgotten by time on modern, glamorous and sexy airplanes. Early travelogues in shimmering black and white, 1950s travel films in stunning Kodachrome color, and swinging sixties go-go holidays! Highlights include Pan Am’s World (1966); a trip to pre-revolution Cuba in Rhumba Holiday (1947); and bandleader... Read more
June 22, 2012
Oddball Films and guest curator Kat Shuchter bring you Guy Trouble, a program of vintage films designed to shed light on the tough lot of that underprivileged minority, Men. Some troubles start at birth, like Craig in He’s Mentally Retarded (1975).  Whereas from mere boys, guys are bombarded by threats of predators as seen in Boys Beware (1973) where we are taught that the homosexuality is a "sickness of the mind." They are subject... Read more
June 15, 2012
Oddball Films, with guest curator Lynn Cursaro, presents Unstoppable: The Many Moods of Momentum, an exploration of the forces of physics and emotion. Classic cartoons, crash test footage, experimental cinema and a school film or two depict all sorts of ceaseless activity. Hoffnung’s Palm Court Orchestra (1965) play on in the face of disaster. Is the stuff of life piling up or collapsing in Arthur Lipsett’s dream-like,... Read more
June 11, 2012
Oddball Films presents Crazy Cats! - The Cat Came Back. This evening of crazy cats includes shorts films starring cats, about cats, and people dressed as cats!  Highlights include: The Incredible Cat Tale (ca. 1960), a live action cat adventure from Hungary; The Perils of Priscilla (1969), a neglected pussy sets out on her own and hits the big city; Of Cats and Men (1968), an animated history of Felis Cattus Domesticus; the sinister side of felines in Superstition of the Black Cat (1934... Read more
June 2, 2012
Oddball Films presents an evening of Lost Animation -rarely screened classics and obscurities of world animation. Most are quite scarce despite scads of accolades and international awards.  Films include: Claymation (1978), legendary clay animator Will (California Raisins) Vinton in the studio; The Romance of Transportation, whimsical Canadian animation from 1952 with a dynamic jazz soundtrack; Harold and Cynthia (... Read more
June 2, 2012
Oddball Films presents Bad Behavior, a program exploring teen traumas, cultural conflict and youthful rebellion. Whether in a French Boarding school in 1933 or on the streets of the San Francisco’s Mission district in 1971 disaffected youth have many ways to express their frustration. The program features the legendary Jean Vigo film Zero for Conduct (1933). One of the most poetic films ever made and one of the most... Read more
June 1, 2012
Oddball Films and guest curator Emily Schleiner present !!Blind Reason!! A Night of Mad and BadScientists!  The program is packed with films about time-travel, hideous experiments, and ultimately, the fine line between intelligence and folly in the lab.  Featuring excerpts from La Jetée (Chris Marker, 1962), the renowned precursor to 12 Monkeys; The Invisible Woman (A. Edward Sutherland, 1940), a time-capsule of a film about a... Read more
May 27, 2012
Oddball Films presents Shot in San Francisco. This program features vintage 16mm films focused on our beautiful city by the bay.  Long lost sights and sounds, rare early color cinematography and everywhere parents, grandparents and great-grandparents in their prime. Highlights include: G, by Edward Demartini, a rare portrait of San Francisco Garbage collectors in 1963, 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition (1939), astounding... Read more
May 25, 2012
Oddball Films and guest curator Hannah Airriess present Happy Trails: Imagining the Western Frontier. The Western frontier has always been a vital part of the American imaginary, and has been represented in a diverse range of ways. With the recent resurgence in popularity of the western cinema, this program will deal with the way in which the genre and frontier imagery was imagined in earlier decades. Films include the historic... Read more
May 25, 2012
Oddball Films and Curator Stephen Parr present Strange Sinema 52, a monthly screening of offbeat films, old gems and newly discovered oddities all culled from Oddball Films 50,000 film archive. Entertaining, experimental and eye-opening,  tonight’s films feature: Land-Divers of Melanesia (1972), Kal Muller and ethnographic famed filmmaker Robert Gardner’s collaborate to profile Melanesian men as they attach vines to their ankles,... Read more
May 21, 2012
Oddball Films and guest curator Christine Kwon present Love Lunatic: Or, How to Be Loved When You're a Psycho, a delightful selection of films that speak on the eternally incomprehensible theme of love. The night kicks off with the original bumbling lover, Buster Keaton, as he proves what women really want isn't money, but someone to risk his life in a pistol duel in She's Oil Mine. From there, The Magic Tree transports us to the... Read more
May 18, 2012
Oddball Films is proud to co-present, along with our friend from San Francisco Cinematheque, CROSSROADS 2012.  Curated by SF Cinematheque Artistic Director Steve Polta, this is the festival’s third manifestation. Running May 18–20, CROSSROADS will present a total of 52 films, videos and performance works by 47 filmmakers from around the world screened over 8 feature-length programs. Highlights of this festival... Read more
May 18, 2012
Oddball Films presents Blackballed Cartoons! An evening of banned or censored cartoons filled with racism, sexism, drug references and more. Subjects routinely featured in American animation - many of these cartoons were shown on TV through the late 1960’s until they were pulled from distribution. Swept from the public eye as an embarrassment by the studios and considered a danger to the public, these cartoons are a part of... Read more