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May 18, 2012
Oddball Films and guest curator Lynn Cursaro present Pop! Goes the Classroom: School Films in the Age of Groovy. Many 1960’s sensibilities trickled down to the educational films of the 1970s - with wild and beautiful results. Facts and dates gave way to concepts, color and action. Narration-free documentary shorts, such as Night People’s Day (1971) and Pier “73” (1970s), provided... 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 12, 2012
Guest Curator Soumyaa Kapil Behrens and Oddball Films brings you a collection of films dug up from the archive about things which clog up our earth and those we seek to extract from her. It will be a night full of inciting issues and wondrous adventure.  Jacques Cousteau and his team go on the hunt for Spanish Gold in Sunken Treasure (1970) and Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker, Joan Konner asks tough questions in an... Read more
May 12, 2012
Oddball Films and guest curator Antonella Bonfanti present Sports! Learn the text-book plays, the tricks of the trade and the showboating moves in this program filled with the campiest, most unusual and gut-splitting films about all manner of sports. See backwards cow riding and other tomfoolery with bovines in Calgary Cowboy Stampede (1951); marvel at Hockey: Symphony on Ice (1960s); and learn to save aquatic athletes' in Non- Swimming... Read more
May 9, 2012
Oddball Films presents Colonial Follies. It was not so long ago when it was completely acceptable to portray indigenous cultures as primitive or barbaric. The representation of "others," fueled by colonialist and superior attitudes, made for films that showed sophisticated and ancient peoples as mere curiosities. However, there were also filmmakers intent on respectfully depicting lives and rituals of cultures and in doing... Read more
May 9, 2012
Oddball Films and guest curator Hila Avraham present A Touch of Touching. An evening of touching, brushing, fondling, caressing, and rubbing these films shows that cinema can be as much about grazing as it is about gazing. From sensual coition, to playing in the sand, to discovering textures with your bear toes, this program’s highlights include: Scott Bartlett’s famed and highly-tactile Lovemaking (1970); Fur... Read more
May 4, 2012
My Favorite Martian episode presented courtesy of Jack Chertok Television in association with Free Comic Book Day Oddball Films presents Treasures From TV Land. Whether it was a commercial or a sitcom, commercials or a variety show, most television production prior to the late 1970s was made on 16mm. This program features rare,... Read more
May 4, 2012
Christine Lucy Latimer: The Virtues of Fusion Oddball Films proudly presents PAST FUTURE NOW! Films from the PAST have been selected by curator/artist Ashley Lauren Saks, that are about the FUTURE, which is NOW. Beginning with these 1970s and 80s film clips selected from the Oddball Film Archive (San Francisco) selected artists created video reactions/responses to them. This delicately... Read more
April 28, 2012
Oddball Films presents the 51st monthly screening of Strange Sinema, featuring new finds, buried junk and avant-garde gems from the archive. Films include the Ingmar Bergman spoof The Dove (1968); Claude (A Man and a Woman) LeLouch's remarkable stream of consciousness Shah's eye views of Iran (1971) complete with 70s wah-wah guitar infused euro-pop soundscore; Chemical Booby Traps (1960s) GE's explosive how-not-to industrial... Read more
April 27, 2012
Monkey Time! Apes, Chimps and Gorillas, a program featuring, pseudo human activities, animal antics and anthropological histories. Shorts include a rare episode of the TV series Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp , Chimp the Cowboy,  Zippy the Chimp, Planet of the Apes movie trailers, Snow Monkeys of Japan, Chimps in Training and Show Business (!) and Monkeys, Apes and Man: The Chasm, with Dian Fossey and mountain gorillas, Jane Goodall with chimpanzees, and Wisconsin scientists studying rhesus monkeys. Plus! King Kong, Chimps in Space and... Read more
April 24, 2012
Oddball Films and guest curator Hannah Airriess present Road Trip USA. Just as everyone is gearing up for summer, this program showcases road trips of all kinds, from turn of the century trolley rides to space-age amusement parks. In the promotional film America for Me (1952), we see America from the vantage point of a cross-country Greyhound bus ride, filmed in beautiful Technicolor. The... Read more
April 20, 2012
Oddball Films presents Body Shop, featuring a myriad of films exploring the human body in all its forms from biology, physical hygiene, venereal disease to erotica. A beautiful and bizarre look at the human body in all its forms this program includes, Soapy the Germ Fighter (1951) which will teach you that being clean doesn't make you a sissy; a wonderful U.S. Navy training film, Swim and Live! (1943), stars many... Read more
April 20, 2012
Oddball Films presents Surfin' Tiki Luau. An evening of surf, tiki and Polynesian serenades offers an array of breathtaking, mesmerizing and rare films about an idyllic Hawaii. Highlights include psychedelic short Hang Ten (1970) by the surf film masters Greg MacGillivray and Jim Freeman; pre-jet travel footage of Waikiki beach and music by Sol Hoppii in Hawaiian Rhythm: Hawaiian Nights (1939); and Tiki featurette Isle of... Read more
April 15, 2012
Oddball Films presents Pick Your Poison: Medicine and Madness. This truly bizarre program of medical, psychoactive and mental hygiene films features the campiest, most eye-poppingly lurid, informational and coldly clinical gems in the Archive that are sure to give us thanks for our own "sanity." Highlights include, Pain and Its Alleviation (1961) a drama-laden, horror inspired mental hygiene film produced for the UCLA Nursing School; watch a... Read more
April 13, 2012
Oddball Films presents Crazy Cats! This evening of films about wacky cats, cat fights, and people dressed as cats! The program's centerpiece is the extremely rare feature film Eye of the Cat (1969). Penned by Psycho writer Joseph Steffano and directed by David Lowell Rich, this offbeat mod thriller was shot on location in San Francisco and tells the tale of an eccentric old lady who plans to bequeath her fortune to her... Read more
April 13, 2012
Oddball Films and guest curator Jeremy Menzies present Weird Science, a compendium of eccentric, unknown science films from 70 years of scientific discovery.  These films cover a range of disciplines and topics, from the biological impulses and social situations of rats to men handling raw electricity.  Films in this sampling include; Carrol Ballard's Crystallization (1975), An Experimentally Produced ‘Social Problem’ in Rats (1948... Read more
April 8, 2012
Oddball Films presents Scared Straight: Vintage Drug-Scare Films an evening of drug-scare films from the 1960’s through the 1980’s.  Aimed at school-age kids, these films were produced to be shown in schools or on TV- whether they kept anyone away from drugs is debatable; that they are hilarious today is not. Featuring: the all time classic and howler Narcotics: Pit of Despair (1967), Beau Bridges hosted educational film on... Read more
April 6, 2012
Guest Curator Soumyaa Kapil Behrens and Oddball Films present Life On Earth -  an evening of strange and wonderful films depicting the ethereal condition of our home planet. Includes haunting, and stylized animations -- with Beyond the Stars: A Space Story (1981)by Karla Kuskin, Irra and Don Duga. Works from the ground up like Ethiopia (1986)show an astounding natural world by award winning director, Robin Lehman and Two Grasslands... Read more
April 6, 2012
Oddball Films and guest curator  Lynn Cursaro present, Sugar Shock: Sweet Visions of Candy, Culture and Industry. This taffy pull of gooey ephemera is sure to please both sweet tooths and film fans. From the rustic, snow-covered tapping camps of the 1920’s Maple Syrup and Sugar to the modern Hershey bar conveyer belts of the The Great American Chocolate Factory it’s a big job satisfying the yen for ambrosial treats.... Read more
April 1, 2012
Oddball Films and guest curator Christine Kwon present Urban Dictionary: That Black and Yellow Ish. Some call it soul, others swagger—whatever it was, urban life of the 60s and 70s produced some of the most iconic images, trends, and leaders of that generation. Urban Dictionarykicks off with trailers ranging from Diana Ross’s electrifying Mahoganyto Sidney Poitier’s Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, then into the... Read more