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December 17, 2015
Oddball Films presents Learn Your Lesson on Mental Health and Hygiene - A Therapeutic Shockucation, the 33rd 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 examining the mind with shocking psychiatry shorts, schizophrenic and anti-social teens, and tons of social conditioning shorts to make... Read more
December 13, 2015
Oddball Films presents Oh Canada! The Best of Canadian Animation, a program of 16mm cartoons all from Canadians, eh! Clever, hypnotic, mind-blowing, and often politically progressive this program highlights the work of some of the best innovators Canadian animation has to offer. The brilliant experimental animator and director of the National Film Board of Canada, Norman McLaren gives us two breathtaking works of pixilation... Read more
December 10, 2015
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema 95, a monthly screening of new finds, old gems and offbeat oddities from Oddball Films’ vast collection of 16mm film prints. Drawing on his collection of over 50,000 16mm film prints, Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has compiled his 95th program of classic, strange, offbeat and unusual films. This installment, Strange Sinema 95: Experiments in Art and Cinema is a heady, techno-cultural look at... Read more
December 10, 2015
Ski Whiz (Color, 1972)Kooky skiing and winter sport short by the great Warren Miller, features brisk editing and styles from the era when cigarette pants and wrap-around shades were still the rage.The Fatal Glass of Beer (B+W, 1933) Set in the frozen north of the Yukon territories, where a prospector, Mr. Snavely (Fields), prepares to return home. Before Snavely is able to depart, he receives a visit from an officer of the Mounties, who requests that the prospector sing him a morally instructional song that Snavely has written about his son Chester.  Mr. Snavely obliges the officer with a... Read more
December 6, 2015
Oddball Films welcomes film programmer, archivist, and preservationist Joe Rubin to our Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly event featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights and films. Rubin is the co-founder of Vinegar Syndrome, a home video distribution company focused on preserving and releasing rare, underground, and forgotten sexploitation and exploitation cinema. He will discuss... Read more
November 30, 2015
Oddball Films presents Weird Science, a compendium of eccentric, unknown science films from 60ish years of scientific discovery, all on 16mm film from the archive. From animated TB germs to sequin-clad aliens, to babies in goggles, songs about slugs and even electric shocks from eels, it's a bizarre night of scientific infotainment. An alien and his computer friend land on Earth and seek to classify the animal life they... Read more
November 26, 2015
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Learn your Lesson about Stranger Danger: A Predatory Shockucation, the 41st 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 are looking out for strangers with candy and delving into the creepy world of stranger danger.  Shockmeister Sid Davis want... Read more
November 19, 2015
Oddball Films presents Learn your Lesson from the '60s - A Groovy Shockucation, the 32nd 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 heading back half a century to learn all about sex, drugs and talking cars from the decade of experimentation: the 1960s. "... Read more
November 15, 2015
Oddball Films presents Tunes and Toons: Animated Adventures in Musicland, a night of charming, ridiculous, stunning, and... Read more
November 12, 2015
Oddball Films presents What the F(ilm)?! 14: Cine-Insanity from the Archive, an evening of some of the most bizarre, hilarious and insane films from our massive 16mm collection.  This compendium of 16mm madness is too strange to be believed and too baffling to be forgotten.  This time around we've got boxing chimps, boxing robots, burlesque cartoons, mimes, musical promotional films, a John Cleese office training film... Read more
November 8, 2015
Oddball Films presents Art and the Machine: The Birth of Electronic Arts, a program of 16mm films from the 1960s-1980s on the advent of machine-made art and the impact on not only the art community, but the world at large.  From early computer animation to the strobe light art of Yaacov Agam and the machine-made sculpture of Jean Tinguely to the musical world of Moogs and Theremins, it's a night of invention, innovation and... Read more
November 5, 2015
Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema 94, a monthly screening of new finds, old gems and offbeat oddities from Oddball Films’ vast collection of 16mm film prints. Drawing on his collection of over 50,000 16mm film prints, Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has compiled his 94th program of classic, strange, offbeat and unusual films. This installment, Strange Sinema 94: Sex in Cinema is an eye-popping exploration of sex in cinema... Read more
November 1, 2015
Oddball Films welcomes famed distributor Canyon Cinema Foundation to our Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly event featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights and films. Showcased are a selection of rare films from its vast catalog of experimental and avant-garde works celebrating San Francisco - its makers, landscape, culture and weirdos. This program highlights works made in the Bay Area over... Read more
October 30, 2015
Oddball Films presents Vintage Halloween Hullabaloo, 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. Di$ney teaches us the history, mystery and danger of this ghoulish night with the narrator from the Haunted Mansion and his classic cartoon pals in Di$ney's Haunted Halloween... Read more
October 25, 2015
Oddball Films presents Suck on This! - Vamps and Vampires, a night of 16mm bloodsucking beasts and bewitching babes from the Oddball crypt. Sink your fangs into delicious excerpts from the famous Dracula (1931), starring Bela Lugosi, a confection that introduced the legendary Count Dracula and his spider eating minion Renfield to the silver screen. In Mrs. Amworth (1975), a strange illness is plaguing a small English town; the locals... Read more
October 24, 2015
Oddball Films is pleased to co-present at 3rd i’s 13th ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL  (Oct 22-25 in San Francisco; Nov 1 in Palo Alto). Labor of Love Aditya Vikram Sengupta, India, 2014, 84minsWhere: New People CinemaWhen Sunday, October 25, 1 pmLyrical and intimate, this unique... Read more
October 20, 2015
Oddball Films continues its creepy month of October with Cursed Kids - The Horror of Childhood, with a triple feature of short horror films for and about children mixed with a smattering of educational scare films, animation and musical shorts, all on 16mm from the archive. Peter Medak directs The Rocking Horse Winner (1977), a demonic adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s chilling story about a boy who rocks himself into clairvoyant trances... Read more
October 18, 2015
Oddball Films Presents Czech Please! an evening of mind-blowing animation from the former Czechoslovakia.  From cut-outs to puppets to stop-motion; 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.Red Stain (Color 1963, Zdenek Miler)A much darker vision from the man that brought us the joyful and colorful Little Mole cartoons.  A somber tale of fisherman and his small son who try to retain peace after they discover that their country has been invaded and that an armory has been... Read more