Looking Into 2017: Our New Event Series

We’d like to thank everyone for attending our screenings, soirees, and seminars. Our weekly film series has come to a close. In 2017 we will be presenting select events: We will be continuing our seasonal seminars and cinema soirees featuring writers, directors, and curators. Our premiere event, Pop Music Explosion: Film Footage Fantasia on March 16, 2017, is a cinema soiree with Richie Unterberger, author and musicologist. Going forward, these newsletters will be sent out monthly to give you the latest on upcoming events.

In presenting a new special events series, we are building on an important legacy. What began as an occasional screening from our stock footage archive grew into an award-winning weekly film series. Oddball Films showcased our rare and obscure films and featured international filmmakers and curators, with over 1,000 unique programs, all presented in their original format - 16mm film. We couldn’t be prouder!

A huge thank you goes out to our chief programmer, Kat Shuchter. She presented truly one-of-a-kind programming at Oddball Films over many successful seasons. Her creative spark and deep digging in our archives invigorated our series with over 200 eclectic and inventive thematic screenings, like Stop Motion Explosion!, Learn Your Lesson, Avant Garde Rarities, and many, many more.

Along the way we've worked with underground artists and directors like Paul H-O who appeared here at a soiree to discuss his controversial film Guest of Cindy Sherman. We provided famed filmmaker, Carroll Ballard with an original print of his 1975 abstract film Crystallization, and independent director. Nikolai Ursin also received an original print from us of his 1966 meditation on gender Behind Every Good Man for the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s restoration project. As we discovered forgotten or neglected prints for our screenings, we archived these films and programs into our database for future programmers, researchers, and scholars, and ultimately of course, for film audiences everywhere to enjoy them. We’ve enjoyed presenting weekly screenings as an important part of our stock footage business. We are still dedicated to entertaining our screenings audience and we will be presenting exciting events throughout 2017.

If you’re a filmmaker and use stock footage in your projects, search our site or contact us directly. See how we provided important footage to producers like Martin Scorsese and TV programming like The Americans, and how Oddball Films is moving into 2017 as an exceptional resource for filmmakers everywhere. We’re providing the same type of inventive footage we’ve been known to present in our screenings!

Watch this site and expect to hear from us in future newsletters.

Have a happy and fun-filled 2017!

We're Taking the Rest of the Month Off for the Holidays

Oddball Films is taking a little break and will not be having any screenings for the remainder of 2016, so you will have to wait until next year to get your fix of obscure and eclectic cinephemera.  Here's hoping your holidays are painless and your feastings are plentiful!

News from the Archive - Recent Projects

Oddball Films is letting you in on some of our most recent stock footage projects in film, television, commercials and more.  Recent highlights include providing offbeat footage for the credits for the Emmy nominated series Transparent, The New York Times, Ray Donovan as well as the documentary series OJ: Made in America and We've Been Around about transgender trailblazers. We also did research for Jim Jarmusch’s Iggy Pop documentary Gimme Danger, retro-tech for Danny Boyle’s Academy Award nominated Steve Jobs. And wouldn’t you know it?  They came to us when they wanted some 70s smut for The Nice Guys, Ryan Gosling’s latest movie! 

Oddball in the Press

People love to talk about us! From the Huffington Post to the SF Weekly, our massive collection and unique screenings have impressed, baffled, and inspired folks all over the world. Read what they're saying about the country's strangest film archive. 

Boozers, Users, and Losers - Vintage Drug and Alcohol Scare Films - Fri. Dec. 9th - 8PM

Oddball Films presents Boozers, Users, and Losers - Vintage Drug and Alcohol Scare Films, a program of mind-expanding, terror-intending and hilarity-inducing short 16mm educational films about the dangers of drugs. These classroom classics from the 1950s through the 1980s were meant to scare the pants off the junior-high set but probably encouraged as many to experiment with drugs and alcohol as it discouraged. Watch mice get drunk and drunks flip cars in the teen drunk-driving scare film None for the Road (1957). Real teens talk about their dalliances with substance abuse in the classroom primer aimed at preteens, Drugs: First Decision (1978). Melanie and Kathleen are desperate to experiment with drugs in excerpts from Degrassi Jr. High - The Experiment (1987). As seen on TV, filthy hippies druggies get what's coming to them in Dragnet: Little Pusher (1969). It may be in Spanish, but you won't miss the message behind the bizarro cartoon Sex, Booze, Blues and Those Pills You Use (1982). And because it never gets old, the Oddball favorite The Cat Who Drank... And Used Too Much (1987) will be drunk driving by. Plus! Vintage Drug and Alcohol PSAs, Beer Commercials, LSD freakouts, the angel dust documentary PCP: You Never Know (1979) for the early birds and more tripped out cinema - all on 16mm film from our massive stock footage archive!

Date: Friday, December 9th, 2016 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilms.com or (415) 558-8117
Web: http://oddballfilms.blogspot.com 

Surrealism in Animation - Thur. Dec. 8th - 8PM

Oddball Films presents Surrealism in Animation, a night of 16mm animated shorts from the 1940s-1980s that delve into the non-narrative world of surrealism and dream logic. Realism is overrated and this program explores the magnitude of creative expression when freed from the constraints of rational and linear structures. Get looney with the Salvador Dali-inspired cartoon Dough For the Do-Do (1949), a tribute to surrealism starring Porky Pig. Porky also visits a house haunted with leprechauns and is transported to another Dali-esque landscape in Chuck Jones' The Wearing of the Grin (1951). Brilliant animator Philip Stapp brings us A Picture in Your Mind (1948), a poignant short influenced by surrealist Yves Tanguy and the war torn landscapes of Europe. NFB director and oscar winning animator Norman McLaren gives us a breathtaking serene and ever-changing and morphing landscape of his own in A Phantasy (1952). James Gore's Sixshortfilms (1973) is a stream of consciousness animation of faces warping into demons and birds transforming into telephones to strange and surreal effect. Oddball's all-time favorite cartoon Ego (1970) is a nightmarescape of sexuality, fascism, consumerism, a naked Mona Lisa and a host of other explosive imagery. Psychedelic animator Vince Collins loses his mind in the eye-popping Fantasy (1973). The visionary artist Jan Lenica, (among Roman Polanski's biggest influences) gives us a hip animated version of Ionesco's Rhinoceros (1965) utilizing collage and cut-outs. One naked little boy floats away from his bed and ends up baked in a pie in an adaptation of Maurice Sendak's censored, but much-loved In the Night Kitchen (1975). Eliot Noyes Jr. creates dreamy animation out of sand in Sandman (1970). Plus more surprises for the early birds and everything screened on 16mm film from our massive stock footage archive. Let reason go and travel to a world of unbridled imagination.

 Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilms.com or (415) 558-8117

Web: http://oddballfilms.blogspot.com 

The Spectre of Fascism - Echoes from Totalitarianism - Fri. Dec. 2nd - 8PM

Oddball Films presents The Spectre of Fascism - Echoes from Totalitarianism, a program of international 16mm short films, documentaries and animation reflecting on the 20th century's history of fascism and it's repercussions both artistic and humanitarian. With subversive stop-motion animation from Poland and the former Czechoslovakia, dark allegories of political conformity and rebellion, Alain Resnais' definitive Holocaust documentary short, and even Don@ld Duck as a Nazi, it is a powerful night giving testament to the power of the indomitable human spirit in the face of fascism. Alain Resnais’ masterful Night and Fog (1955) is both horrifying and necessary, combining archival material with meditative footage shot at Auschwitz and Majdanek ten years after the end of World War II. In the process, Resnais reveals the yawning gap between what’s left and what was, challenging the commonplace assumption that we can ever really understand the magnitude of history and its many traumas. From former Nazi-occupied Poland comes Tad Makarczynski's The Magician (1962), a pied-piperesque allegory of several young boys recruited to be soldiers by a nefarious magician, as well as the dark stop-motion animation rebellion Bags AKA Worek (1967) directed by Tadeusz Wilcosz. From the former Czechoslovakia we bring you another stop-motion marvel, Jiří Trnka's exquisite parable of totalitarianism and named one of the top five animated films of all-time: The Hand (1965), banned in its country of origin for decades. In De Overkant (1966), Belgian filmmaker Herman Wuyts brings us a bleak interpretation of a totalitarian society in which independence equates to death. The dark animated adaptation of Maurice Ogden's The Hangman (1967) is a chilling vision of the dangers of conformity and a grim metaphor for the horrors of scapegoating and witch-hunts. For a little comic relief (and we'll need it), we bring you Di$ney's Oscar-winning propaganda cartoon Der Fuehrer's Face (1943) featuring Don@ld Duck in a musical Nazi nightmare. Revisit the dark history of fascist oppression so we shall not be doomed to repeat it in the coming years. Everything screened on 16mm film from our massive stock footage archive.

Date: Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilms.com or (415) 558-8117
Web: http://oddballfilms.blogspot.com