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 Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Cults, Sects and Mind-Control, a program of vintage films, trailers, original news footage and TV specials about the extremities of beliefs that can lead to brainwashing, violence and even murder. It's October, and that means it's time to examine the darker reaches of our souls, beginning with the tenuous grasp we each have on our own self-will. This program will investigate many of the most famous, most destructive cults of the 20th century, many of whom had their roots in San Francisco. We will begin with two outrageous long-form trailers, one for the docu-drama Manson (1973) containing real footage of "The Family" and The Lash of the Penitentes (1936), a pseudo-documentary of a sect of Catholic flagellators. CBS news looks into cult brainwashing tactics in Cults: Choice or Coercion (1979). One young ex-Moonie stars as himself in a reenactment of his journey with the Unification Church until his benevolent capture and deprogramming in the super-rare TV-special Moonchild (1983). Witness an excerpt from the outrageous "documentary" Mondo Cane (1962) about a tribe of New Guineans that worship cargo planes. And for such a heavy show, we'll need a bit of comic relief, in the form of Dan Akroyd starring as the didactic preacher of the Church of Jack Lord (from Hawaii 5-O) in a segment of the underground classic Mister Mike's M*nd* Video (1979). Di$ney's Chicken Little (1943) warns of falling for sweet-talking foxes reading from Mein Kampf. From Friz Freleng comes a similar allegory: Fifth Column Mouse (1943) only with a freewheeling community of mice that become slaves to a hungry cat until they stand up and fight back with a mechanical bulldog. In De Overkant (1966), Belgian filmmaker Herman Wuyts brings us a bleak interpretation of a totalitarian society in which independence equates to death. And finally, from San Francisco's own News Outtakes, an original 1977 news broadcast of Jim Jones and members of the People's Temple after a fire was set at the temple on Geary, and original uncut footage of the 1975 capture of Patty Hearst, the poster-heiress for brain-washing and Stockholm syndrome. All films are original 16mm prints from our 50,000 title archive and most are not available to view anywhere else.
Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter bring you Stop-Motion Explosion!, a program of mind-blowing 16mm stop-motion animation from the 1930s to the 1990s. 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, George Pal, Rankin/Bass, Art Clokey, Will Vinton, Jiri Trnka, Hermann and Ferdinand Diehl, and Eliot Noyes Jr., with tons of new finds and a few all-time favorites. Blast off with everybody's favorite green clay boy when Gumby and Pokey go in search of The Small Planets (1957). Claymation master and Oscar winner Will Vinton gives us the breathtaking tale of The Little Prince (1979). Puss in Boots (1940) is a gorgeous puppet animation by the Diehl brothers and funded with Nazi money. Oscar nominated Eliot Noyes Jr. creates a parable of gender equality with little clay creatures in The Fable of He and She (1974). The National Film Board of Canada and Pierre Trudeau sculpt paper into the puppet of a young boy tormented by his parents' bickering and lost in an imaginary world of clowns and robots in Enfantillage (1990). Special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen brings us a cheeky interpretation of Mother Goose Stories (1946). Pinocchio gets a shot at the Hollywood life in Rankin/Bass' Ring-A-Ding-Ding Pinocchio (1960). Czech visionary Jiri Trnka animated one boy's need to ever-increasing speed in Passion (1961). Plus, a 1958 Voting PSA with anthropomorphic donkey and elephant puppets, The Early Bird Gets the Worm (1930s) an amateur rarity, and a snippet of George Pal's Shoe Shine Jasper (1947). Come early to see when A Lunchroom Goes Bananas (1978). It's a night one million minute movements in the making!
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilms.com or (415) 558-8117
The San Francisco Media Archive and Oddball Films present Bay Area Bizarre - SF's Strangest Amateurs, Indies, Smut, and Home Movies in conjunction with the 14th Annual Worldwide Home Movie Day. This night of 16mm cinema from the 1930s-1970s includes swimming horses, drag fairy tales, children acting as adults, homegrown erotica, psychedelic animation and rare films by hometown heroes George Kuchar, Chick Strand, and Vince Collins. We begin with Welcome San Francisco Movie Makers (1960) a rare introductory film for the San Francisco Amateur Filmmakers Club. Local legend George Kuchar's Lady from Sands Point (1967) is a zippy, trippy portrait of artist Betty Holiday. Underground Film (1970) is a television arts program segment on the Bay Area's own Chick Strand, going in depth into her process and displaying excerpts of several of her most important films of the 1960s. Get a taste of some homegrown auto-worship with the Kodachrome time capsule San Francisco Excelsior: Low Rider Car Show (1965). Witness the baffling From Here to Profanity (1959), a local amateur film with children acting out adult rolls. San Francisco co-stars in The Screening Room (1970s), an erotic tale of two lovers shooting a porno in Renaissance costumes, then seeing themselves on a North Beach screen. The camptastic Sinderella (1962) retells an age-old fairy tale with a cross-dressing twist for a new generation. Blackie the Wonder Horse Swims the Golden Gate (1938) stars our own local equine hero in all his glory. Plus, local animator Vince Collins' psychedelic patriotic nightmare 200 (1976), and The Black Sabbath Parade (1970). And if you have home movies on 16mm film, we will project them on the big screen before the show, so bring us your family treasures and join us for a night of the Bay Area Bizarre!
Date: Friday, October 14th, 2016 at 8:00 pm, bring and screen your 16mm films starting at 7:30pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 (half price if you bring a film) Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilms.com or (415) 558-8117
Oddball Films presents Killer Science: Nature's Horror Show, an evening of vintage 16mm science and nature films from the 1930s-1970s highlighting the dark, grisly, and deadly aspects of Mother Nature's wrath. From man-eating sharks to killer hurricanes to hungry bugs and battling squids, it's one night of nature's fury you won't want to miss. Leonard Nimoy explores the mysteries of the earth's deadliest storms when he goes In Search of Hurricanes (1978). Marvel at the ferocity of tiny adversaries when termites square off against hungry ants in The Battle of the Centuries (1932). Then, go under the sea to see the manta rays, battling squid and killer eels that are the Demons of the Deep (1938). Decades before Jaws, the British Pathé warned Australian visitors and newcomers to The Shark Menace (1955). For a little sci-fi fun, we revisit a highlight reel Tarantula (1955) to witness a giant arachnid that lays waste to a whole town. Plus, segments and snippets galore including the faux-suicidal lemmings of Di$ney's White Wilderness (1958), the bugs that bring on the end of the world in the pseudo-documentary The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971), and a mantis looks to a caterpillar for dinner in The Butterfly with Four Birthdays (1965) from one-man-band turned amateur-filmmaking legend Sid Laverents. Everything screened on 16mm film from our massive stock footage archive.
Oddball Films is kicking off the haunted month of October with Nevermore: The Horrific Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, a ghastly evening of rare 16mm short films and animation based on the Gothic novels and short stories of the grandfather of modern horror: the inimitable Edgar Allan Poe. We begin the night with trailers for two classic Hollywood adaptations: Roger Corman's House of Usher (1960) starring Vincent Price, and Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954) with Karl Malden. Veteran actor Monty Woolley brings to life the claustrophobic Cask of Amontillado (1954) in a short but chilling rendition. Ray Bradbury heralds the writer and the tradition of the Gothic literary movement in A Discussion of the Fall of the House of Usher (1975). Czech animation legend Jan Svankmajer breathes new death into The Fall of the House of Usher (1980, video) utilizing disorienting camera angles and visceral claymation. Grief takes wing in the breathtaking optically printed animation The Raven (1978) featuring the engravings of Gustave Dore. The melancholic love poem Annabel Lee (1971) evokes more ghosts of lost love. Guilt sends one man into the grip of madness in the haunting adaptation of The Tell-Tale Heart (1971). Plus, a puppet of Edgar Allan Poe weighs in on The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (1957) in an excerpt from Frank Capra's Bell Science Special and show up early for a pre-pubescent Anthony Michael Hall starring in an ABC Weekend Special The Gold Bug (1980). Drive your hearse down to Oddball and get your October started with a fright!