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February 26, 2016
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema 97, 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 97th program of classic, strange, offbeat and unusual films. This installment, Strange Sinema 97: “Laservision: Science Art Cinema” features films that explore the boundaries of... Read more
February 21, 2016
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present The Reel Housewives of Yesteryear, a tongue-in-cheek program of rare vintage 16mm... Read more
February 19, 2016
Travel with ethnomusicologist and filmmaker Bess Lomax-Hawes as she reveals the profound regional spirituals of the Georgia Sea Island Singers (1964). Brilliant documentarian Les Blank's A Well Spent Life (1971) taps into the rich history of 75 year-old blues guitarist Mance Lipscomb. Featuring: A Well Spent Life (Color, 1971, Les Blank with Skip Gerson)A beautiful portrait of Texas... Read more
February 18, 2016
Oddball Films presents What the F(ilm)?! gets Political: Presidential Cine-Insanity, an evening of some of the most bizarre, hilarious and insane politically-themed films from our massive 16mm collection. With primary fever in the air and the democractic process playing out in all its glory, this month we're tapping into the historical and hysterical vaults of the collection with tons of cartoons, commercials, spoofs, smut,... Read more
February 14, 2016
Oddball Films welcomes back Animation Historian, Author and Professor Karl Cohen for our Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly soiree featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights. This program will be a mixture of fine films from Canada, the US, the UK, Western Europe and a few things from the other side of the Iron Curtain all handpicked... Read more
February 12, 2016
Oddball Films presents Comedy Gold - Rare Hilarities from the Archive, a night of knee-slappers, spoofs and slapstick; rare treasures, award-winners and comedy classics from greats like The Marx Brothers, Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Lucille Ball, Ernie Pintoff, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields and more.  All four Marx Brothers bring us ridiculous warfare that includes dozens of costume changes, parliament breaking into song... Read more
February 11, 2016
Oddball Films presents Learn Your Lesson on Dating, Sex, and Marriage - A Valentine's Shockucation, the 35th in a monthly series of programs highlighting the most ridiculous, insane and camptastic educational scare films, mental hygiene primers and TV specials of the collection. This month, in honor of Valentine's Day, we're taking a look at romance with 1950s dating instructional films, VD cartoons,... Read more
February 7, 2016
Oddball Films presents Cold-Blooded Murder, a program of 16mm shorts on that most heinous yet fascinating of crimes: homicide. From the fictional to the factual with a vintage police training film, Poe and Bradbury adaptations, dark animation, Orson Welles deconstructing a true crime classic and more, it's one night of murder and mayhem you won't see anywhere else. Films include Crime and the Criminal (1973... Read more
February 5, 2016
Oddball Films presents The Stupor Bowl: Potheads and Pigskins, a night of 16mm marijuana scare films and bizarro vintage football ephemera just in time to get weird with super bowl weekend. This program of gridiron and ganja includes Afterschool Specials, antique Mi©key Mouse cartoons, wacky newsreels, soundies, and (of course) good old-fashioned anti-pot scare films with appearances by Woody Allen, Scott Baio, Jonathan Winters and... Read more
January 31, 2016
Oddball Films presents I, Asimov, a program of 16mm short documentaries, television episodes and short film adaptations from the great mind of Isaac Asimov. Asimov (1920-1992) began his writing career at the ripe age of 11 and went on to publish hundreds of short science fiction stories and books and dozens of non-fiction books and articles as well as coining the term "robotics", researching technology for the... Read more
January 28, 2016
Oddball Films presents Learn your Lesson from the 1940s: An Antique Shockucation, the 34th in a monthly series of programs highlighting the most ridiculous, insane and camptastic educational scare films, mental hygiene primers and TV specials of the collection. This month, we're taking the way back machine to 70ish years ago to learn about hygiene from naked sailors, menstruation from Di$ney, making new friends with Dick York... Read more
January 23, 2016
Oddball Films presents Dream Theater: Surrealist Cinema, a night of 16mm short films and animation that delve into the non-narrative world of dreams and dream logic with works by Man Ray, Roman Polanski, Georges Melies, Maurice Sendak, Istvan Szabo, Busby Berkeley and more. Realism is overrated and this program explores the magnitude of creative expression when freed from the constraints of rational and linear structures. Man Ray'... Read more
January 17, 2016
Oddball Films welcomes experimental animator, artist and professor Ben Ridgway to our Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly event featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights and films. Ridgway's mind-blowing abstract animations feature hypnotic and futuristic geometric forms that bring to mind the interior of an alien spaceship or the otherworldly beauty of an Ernst Haeckl... Read more
January 10, 2016
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter bring you Stop-Motion Explosion!, a program of mind-blowing stop-motion animation from the 1950s to the 1980s. 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, Art Clokey, Co Hoedeman, Bretislav... Read more
January 8, 2016
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Antique Erotica with the best of the oldest smut, burlesque and erotica of the collection.  From the 1910s-1950s, this program of 16mm sinful celluloid includes insane pornographic cartoons, marionette strippers, early stag films, bizarre burlesque, nudie cuties and more! In the early stag film, Getting his Goat (1923), a man is in for a surprise when he propositions sex through a hole in a... Read more
December 31, 2015
Happy New Year!  We are going to be closed this week, but we will see you next week for more eclectic and bizarre 16mm cinema!
December 26, 2015
Fall in love with Squeak the Squirrel (1957), a little ground squirrel in search of a nut and willing to perform any number of tricks for those sweet nutty treats.Runaway Ralph (Color, 1988)An all-star ABC Weekend Special adaptation of Beverly Cleary's beloved tale of a rebel mouse and his favorite toy motorcycle.  Equal-parts cheese and charming, Ralph S. Mouse is brought to life through stop-motion animation (and it appears as if they used real fur to decorate the puppets) and his adventure is accompanied by a veritable Who's Who of 1980s-90s family sitcoms. Fred Savage (The Wonder Years)... Read more