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May 1, 2016
Oddball Films presents All That Jazz: Jazz Cartoons and Shorts, a 16mm cinematic screening swinging with a heady and hip sound called Jazz.  The evening features antique musical shorts with tons of jazz greats like Maurice Rocco, Duke Ellington, Lester Young, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway and Ivie Anderson as well as a handful of animated films that feature jazz soundtracks and influence. We kick off our set with a classic of jazz... Read more
April 28, 2016
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Erotic Oddities with the most bizarre and offbeat smut, burlesque and erotica of the collection. From insane pornographic cartoons to marionette strippers to bizarre stag films, this is one night of the strangest smut you'll ever see. In one of the earliest stag films, Getting his Goat (1923), a man is in for a surprise when he propositions sex through a hole in a gate. Eveready... Read more
April 22, 2016
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema 99, a monthly evening of newly discovered films, rarities and choice selects from the stacks of the archive. Drawing on his collection of over 50,000 16mm film prints, Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has compiled his 99th program of classic, strange,... Read more
April 22, 2016




April 21, 2016
Oddball Films presents Antique Animal Antics!, a program of vintage 16mm films full of adorable, hilarious and anthropomorphic animals from the 1940s-1970s. Decades before youtube, CGI, and the Buddies franchise, these furry film stars were doing tricks, wearing clothes, talking, singing and raising hell! This time around we've got singing bears, car-racing capuchin monkeys, hibernating hamsters, daring dachshunds, a talking horse (of... Read more
April 17, 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 will be here to present film clips of rock performers based in Asia, as well as rock by Asian Americans and others of Asian descent from the 1960s to the present. It’s not possible to cover... Read more
April 15, 2016
Oddball Films presents Future News: Walter Cronkite's 21st Century, a program of episodes and highlights from the short-lived CB$ News show The 21st Century hosted by the legendary Walter Cronkite from 1967-1969. The show was a spin-off of The 20th Century that focused on the possibilities for the coming century including advances in utopian ideals as well as technology like computers, lasers, robotics, machine-made art, and... Read more
April 10, 2016
Oddball Films presents Busby Berkeley: Sex, Surrealism, and Song, a night of mind-blowing musical numbers from the wildest imagination in Hollywood choreography all on 16mm film from the archive. Clearly influenced by the concurrent surrealist movement in art and avant-garde cinema, Busby Berkeley numbers transformed masses of chorus girls into kaleidoscopic geometric patterns; blending dozens of bodies into one fleshy... Read more
April 7, 2016
Oddball Films presents What the F(ilm)?! 16: You Can't Handle the Spoof!, an evening of some of the most bizarre, hilarious and insane films from our massive 16mm collection. This month, we're making a mockery of ourselves by offering you gut-busting parodies of Fellini, Bergman, Coppola, Lucas and more. May the farce be with you in the ridiculous Star Wars parody Hardware Wars (1978) replete with flying toasters, puppets, and... Read more
April 1, 2016
Oddball Films presents Czech Please! an evening of mind-blowing animation from the former Czechoslovakia. From stop-motion puppets to cell-animation; from the adorable to the dark and thought-provoking, this evening will open your eyes to the brilliance, vision and creativity of some of the great Czech animators. Films include Jiří Trnka's exquisite parable of totalitarianism and named one of the top five animated films of all-... Read more
April 1, 2016
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Learn Your Lesson from Sid Davis, the 37th in a monthly series of programs highlighting the most ridiculous, insane and camptastic educational films, mental hygiene primers and TV specials of the collection. This month, we... Read more
March 27, 2016
Oddball Films welcomes film collector, filmmaker and found footage expert Anthony Buchanan all the way from Colorado for our Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly soiree featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights. Buchanan will be swinging into Oddball to unspool some of his new super8 films--predominantly found footage--which deal with issues of media hypnosis, distorted perception in... Read more
March 24, 2016
Oddball Films presents Coming Attractions from Hell: Horror, B-Movie and Exploitation Trailers a 16mm program of rare B-Movie, “Art Film”, Horror, Suspense, and vintage XXX trailers from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. Many of these films sank without a trace, but their garish promotional trailers live on in the massive archives of Oddball Films. Ranging from 30 seconds to several minutes in length, these promotional shorts for... Read more
March 19, 2016
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema 98, a monthly evening of newly discovered films, rarities and choice selects from the stacks of the archive. Drawing on his collection of over 50,000 16mm film prints, Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has compiled this 98th program of classic, strange, offbeat and unusual films. This installment, Strange Sinema 98: “Ecstatic Motion” - High-Wire Feats, Wild Horses, & Speed Wizards features a... Read more
March 17, 2016
Oddball Films presents Sexperimental Cinema, an evening of 16mm films that blur the line between experimental film and erotica. From the sensuous to the bizarre, this program features avant-garde and experimental works as well as post-modern erotica, animation, art, documentary and more. Films include Orange (1971) experimental filmmaker Karen Johnson’s abstract and erotic short consisting of extreme close-up shots of an orange being... Read more
March 15, 2016
Oddball Films presents Tiki Fever! Vintage Hawaiiana. This evening of surf, tiki and Polynesian serenades offers an array of breathtaking, mesmerizing and rare films about an idyllic Hawaii including cartoons, mini-musicals, burlesque, promotional and ephemeral films from the 30s thru the 50s - all on 16mm film from the archive. See pre-jet travel footage of Waikiki beach and music by Sol Hoppii in Hawaiian Rhythm: Hawaiian Nights (... Read more
March 10, 2016
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Learn Your Lesson's 3 Year Anniversary: Shockucation's Greatest Hits, the 36th in a monthly series of programs highlighting the most ridiculous, insane and camptastic educational films, mental hygiene primers and TV specials of the collection. After 3 years of digging out the best and worst the archive has to offer, we are celebrating our 3 Year Anniversary with a sampler of all our favorite... Read more
March 3, 2016
Oddball Films presents Film on a Bender, a night of film drenched in booze with intoxicating cartoons, rare all-star television, sauced soundies, alcoholic commercials and (of course) shocking educational shorts; all on 16mm film from the archive. Join Patty Duke and Rue McLanahan for a... Read more
February 28, 2016
Oddball Films presents Animazione Demente - The Psychedelic World of Italian Cartoons, an evening of some of the trippiest, most imaginative, and mind-blowing animation to come out of Italy, all on 16mm film from our incredible animation collection, including several "brand new" finds. From the insane surrealism of Bruno Bozzetto to the whimsically sublime cut-outs of Emanuele Luzzati and Giulio Gianini, to the worldwide phenomena... Read more