What the F(ilm)?! gets Political: Presidential Cine-Insanity - Fri. Feb. 19th - 8PM

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, propaganda and musical numbers. A tiny Shirley Temple tarts it up and tries to cheat an honest man in the "Baby Burlesk" Polly Tix in Washington (1933). Betty Boop sings for your vote in Betty Boop for President (1932). Escalation (1968) an animated anti-war short from Academy Award-winning Di$ney animator Ward Kimball is jam-packed with a montage of everything from erotic imagery to commercial mascots to skewering LBJ's policies on Vietnam. Fictitious candidate Roy Hardale preens and poses like a model while spouting his campaign promises in the hilarious spoof Political Posture (1984). Ford Motor Company sponsors the vintage voter guilt trip Where Were You? (1960). Walter Cronkite surveys the great American pastime of yellow journalism in a segment of Smear: The Game of Dirty Politics (1964) from the TV show The Twentieth Century. Psychedelic animator Vince Collins produced the mind-bending animation 200 (1975) for the country's bicentennial, and it will still blow your eyeballs out today. Kinestatic collage documentarian, Chuck Braverman tells the story of America in 3 minutes utilizing 1300 still images in American Time Capsule (1968). Take a feminist musical break with Schoolhouse Rock and Sufferin' till Suffrage (1974). See why America is number one in consumption in the capitalist propaganda cartoon Meet King Joe (1949). Plus, a girl gets hot and horny for a magazine spread of Richard Nixon in a Tricky Dick Cheesecake Reel, footage from journalist and activist Robert Scheer's local grassroots congressional campaign and William Howard Taft's 1908 campaign, a bouncing ball Sing-Along cartoon of When I'm the President (1945), Lance Kerwin in an excerpt of afterschool special PJ and the President's Son (1976), the trailer for All the President's Men (1976), 1970s political ads from Virginia, a creepy animated turkey commercial, Ronald Reagan hosting GE Theater, and more weirdness! This compendium of 16mm political madness is too strange to be believed and too baffling to be forgotten.


Date: Friday, February 19th, 2016 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117
Web: http://oddballfilms.blogspot.com 

Cinema Soiree: Long Lost Treasures of the Tournee of Animation - Thur. Feb. 18th - 8PM

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 from several decades worth of The Tournee of Animation, a wonderful series of shows of internationally acclaimed animation. The Tournee ran from the late '60s to the '90s with 25 separate programs. For many years it was the only way to see animated shorts that were of outstanding artistic merit in the US. Karl Cohen and Ben Ridgway have been reviewing original 16mm archival prints from past Tournee shows and are selecting some of the most creative and remarkable works for this program. Come be surprised by what they have uncovered from the 1970s and early 1980s. Films include Instant Sex (1980), Ubu (1978), Elbowing (1979), The Fly (1980), John and Faith Hubley's Tender Game (1959), Killing of an Egg (1979), Why Me? (1978), and more!

Date: Thursday, February 18th, 2016 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117
Web: http://oddballfilms.blogspot.com 

Learn Your Lesson on Dating, Sex, and Marriage - A Valentine's Shockucation - Fri. Feb. 12th - 8PM

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, divorce scare films, teen pregnancies and more! Junior High students take their first plunge into dating at the Winter party, see who does it right and who needs a few extra takes to not fail miserably in the newly acquired Beginning To Date (1953). Winnie and Ken seemed so in love, now see them in mid-century divorce court screaming at each other and wondering where it all went wrong in another new find: This Charming Couple (1950). More couples ponder what makes a good match for marriage in Is This Love? (1957). Planned Parenthood sponsored Mark and Susan (1975) is a simple film with an important message: "No means No!". Peter Sellers lends his voice to an animated father struggling to educate his child in Birds, Bees and Storks (1965). Di$ney brings us a very different kind of cartoon, the disturbingly knee-slapping VD: Attack Plan (1972) featuring a syphilitic army sergeant directing his VD troops into battle against stupid humans. The Canadians bring us a melodramatic account of Teenage Pregnancy (1971). Debbie Harry, Carrie Fisher, Gilda Radner and more celebrity babes in their prime explain why American Women Love Creeps (1979). Confused about your teenage hormones? The Sexual Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together (1982) will give you a healthy dose of some Christian morality and schmaltzy expository theme songs to help you keep those hormones in check and save it for marriage. Early love birds will be treated to Mormon-made audience favorite The Phone Call (1977) a film that wants you to know that even geeky, karate and bassoon-loving fast food workers deserve love, and with a little self-confidence and a great ginger-fro, they just might get it. 


Date: Friday, February 12th, 2016 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117
Web: http://oddballfilms.blogspot.com 

Cold-Blooded Murder - Thur. Feb. 11th - 8PM

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) edited from In Cold Blood (1967) and featuring Orson Welles making literary alliterations about the book and the film, a gorgeous print of rare police training film Homicide Investigation (1960s) to give you a taste of real-life criminal investigations before the advent of DNA and other high-tech forensic technology, the feverish episode of Ray Bradbury Theater: The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl (1988) starring Michael Ironsides as a man moments after a murder, Wolfgang Urchs' dark animation on escalating violence Die Pistole (1964), the Gracie Barrie Soundie about justifiable homicide: Stone Cold Dead in the Market (1946), and a noir-inspired adaptation of the Poe classic The Tell-Tale Heart (1971) for the early birds, plus plenty of deadly Trailers and more!


Date: Thursday, February 11th, 2016 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117
Web: http://oddballfilms.blogspot.com 

The Stupor Bowl: Potheads and Pigskins - Fri. Feb. 5th - 8PM

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 more.  Shock-meister Sid Davis (who would have turned 100 this year) brings us young Tom's descent from good kid to "weedhead" in the hilarious educational short Keep Off the Grass (1970). Mi©key Mouse and his rag tag team square off against the formidable Alley Cats in the early Di$ney cartoon Mi©key's Football Manglers (1932).  Scott Baio goes from square nerd to raging pothead, until he nearly kills his own brother in the ABC Afterschool Special Stoned (1980).  Woody Allen and the Hot Dog bunch try to determine just exactly How Do They Make Footballs? (1970). Pre-teens and teens talk about their chronic pot-smoking in the NBC Special Treat Reading, Writing, and Reefer (1978). See what football was like 120 years ago in the Universal Newsreel Football Forty Years Ago (1936). Plus, an excerpt from The Ballad of Mary Jane (1970), the sporty soundie Always on the Bench (1940s), the melodramatic trailer for Marihuana: Assassin of Youth (1936), double-projected marijuana footage and football follies, a Halftime Spectacular featuring Isaac Hayes performing the theme song from Shaft with dozens of groovy dancers, the hilarious documentary The Pigs vs The Freaks (1973) for the early birds and even more surprises!

Date: Friday, February 5th, 2016 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117
Web: http://oddballfilms.blogspot.com 

I, Asimov - Science Fact and Fiction - Thur. Feb 4th - 8PM

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 Department of Defense, and teaching bio-chemistry as a professor for Boston University for decades. Explore an Unseen World (1970) in the science film written by Asimov (his first foray into TV writing). From microscopes to slow-motion cameras, the film explores the question: what secrets lay beyond our present view of the unseen world? Ugly Little Boy (1977), an Asimov adaptation, brings us a surprisingly heart-wrenching story of the connection formed between a neanderthal baby brought from the past through time travel and the nurse tasked with caring for him. Another adaptation: All The Troubles of the World (1978) ponders the emotional wear on sentient technology in a world run by the omnipotent Multivac. The Weird World of Robots (1968), a segment of the CBS short-lived series The 21st Century, hosted by Walter Cronkite, examines the strange and surreal world of robots in the 1960s. This episode features Asimov advocating worker robots to replace blue collar workers, robotic dogs, human amplifiers and more. Plus, an excerpt of Population Time Bomb (1976), where he theorizes on several nightmare scenarios on the effect of overpopulation from Philippe Cousteau's Oasis in Space.

Date: Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117
Web: http://oddballfilms.blogspot.com 


Learn your Lesson from the 1940s - An Antique Shockucation - Fri. Jan. 29th - 8PM

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$ney, making new friends with Dick York, not being a slut, and even giving an enema! We're declassifying two homoerotic rarities from the US Navy: dozens of naked sailors go full frontal for their medical exam and a hands on posture lesson in Bluejackets Personal Hygiene (1943) and get down and dirty in the infirmary with an uncomfortable excerpt of Giving an Enema (1944). Watch out for hucksters slinging their nose shapers, spine straighteners, eye mallets, and pendiculators in the bizarre consumer scare film Fraud By Mail (1944). Are You Popular? (1947) one of the best examples of post-World War II moral hygiene films, features examples of "good" and "bad" girls, proper and improper dating etiquette and courtesy to parents. The animated brushes with sad faces want you to learn proper Care of Art Materials (1948). Dick York takes dad's advice on how to go from geek to BMOC in the classic social engineering short Shy Guy (1947). Plus, Oddball's favorite puberty cartoon: Di$ney's The Story of Menstruation (1945), war bond guilt trip Who Died?, excerpts of Men in Danger (1941), and more surprises! Everything screened on 16mm film from the archive.


Date: Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117
Web: http://oddballfilms.blogspot.com 

Dream Theater - Surrealist Cinema - Thur. Jan. 28th - 8PM

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's surrealist classic L'Etoile de Mer (1928) captures the furtive, flirting moments of sexual desire, ever so dreamily obscured. Two men emerge from the sea and search for meaning in a meaningless world in Roman Polanski's early short Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958). István Szabó's A Dream About a House (1972) wryly demonstrates the absurdities of war when contrasted with the consistencies of the familial unit.  Georges Melies employs his magic bag of cinematic tricks to bring to life the story of the infamous hallucinating nobleman in excerpts from Baron Munchausen's Dream (1911). Busby Berkeley choreographs a dreamy musical sequence featuring hundreds of bathing beauties in By a Waterfall from Footlight Parade (1933). Slip off into a dream world of cannibal cooks, naked babies and delicious pastry with the beloved banned children's classic In the Night Kitchen (1975) and join cartoon heroine Little Lulu as she hits her head and ends up in a bizarro nightmare of celebrity babies and bartending storks in The Babysitter (1947). So, leave logic at the door and treat yourself to a beautiful night of nonsense!


Date: Thursday, January 28th 2016 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117
Web: http://oddballfilms.blogspot.com