Psycho Science from the Moody Institute - Thurs. Jan. 3rd - 8PM

Oddball Films brings you Psycho Science from the Moody Institute, a mind-boggling collection of 1950s crackpot science films brought to you by the world’s strangest bible science film producers, The Moody Institute of Science.  The Moody Institute of Science, founded under the auspices of the Moody Bible Institute, an evangelical group started by Irwin Moon in San Francisco in 1938, produced a number of religious cult science films that were intended to demonstrate intelligent design through scientific experiments. These were marketed to schools and churches across the United States and their biblical subtext hit the viewer over the head with the proverbial hammer of faith. Evangelist Irwin “The Million Volt Man” Moon stars in many  of these eye-popping classroom science films as he inhales helium, runs electricity through his body, makes metal float in space, experiments with electric eels and preaches god’s creationist “intelligent design” ideology.  Tonight’s program features a sample of some of the quirkiest gems from the Oddball Moody Science collection. Films include Freedom in Flight (1972), Carnivorous Plants (1955), Facts of Faith (1956), Sense Perception (1960), Mystery of Time (1957), Blind as a Bat (1956)and The Electric Eel (1954).   




Date: Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 at 8:00PM.
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco
Admission: $10.00, Seating Limited, RSVP to: 415-558-8117 or programming@oddballfilm.com 


The Afterschool Extra Special Cut - Fri. Jan. 4th - 8PM

Oddball Films brings you The Afterschool Extra Special Cut, a very special evening of the most poignant, touching and hilarious clips from more than a dozen different ABC Afterschool Specials, NBC Special Treats and CBS Schoolbreak Specials from the 1970s and early 1980s.  These melodramatic programs graced the afternoon airways from the early-70s through the mid-90s and offered preteens and teens a healthy dose of social conditioning while touching on a variety of touching and hard-hitting subjects, from marijuana use to alcoholic parents, disabled siblings, illiteracy, bullying and so much more!  They launched dozens of young careers and featured seasoned veterans as concerned teachers and distant parents.  For this program, we are going to skip all the filler and cut right to the most special moments and only the most special moments. All films are original 16mm prints and most are not available on DVD.  Highlights include a triple dose of Scott Baio in Stoned (1980), Luke Was There (1976) and All the Kids Do It (1984);  two Bradys (Eve Plumb and Chris Knight) in one special about disability and acceptance in Sara's Summer of the Swans (1974); Kristy McNichol stars as a desperate daughter of divorce in Pinballs (1977);  Kareem Abdul Jabar (with the help of Clarence Williams III) inspires one boy to admit his illiteracy in The Hero Who Couldn't Read (1984);  June Lockhart may help people get off drugs, but she can't get her own daughter off the brownies in Dinky Hocker (1972); Scream-Queen Belinda Balasky stars in Runaways (1974); Plus, The Terrible Secret, The Movie Star's Daughter, The Amazing Awareness of Duffy Moon, Pssst! Hammerman's After You, Francesca, Baby and a few other special secrets!  You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll be sure to learn a lot of valuable lessons!




Date: Friday, January 4th, 2013 at 8:00PM.
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco
Admission: $10.00, Seating Limited, RSVP to: 415-558-8117 or programming@oddballfilm.com 



The Hard Times Revue - Depression Era Diversions - Fri. Dec. 28 - 8PM


Oddball Films brings you The Hard Times Revue: Depression-Era Diversions, an evening of cartoons, musical numbers and ephemeral oddities from the 1930s.  One of the darkest decades of the 20th Century, America in the 1930s faced untold hardships like the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl and cinema supplied a much-needed diversion, but could never quite shake the bleakness of the times.  This program of vintage films highlights the struggle of the American people and the fantasies invented to alleviate their hardships.  Betty Boop gets hooked on smack in the blackballed cartoon interpretation of the Cab Calloway song Minnie the Moocher (1932).  7 year-old Sammy Davis junior shines as he sings and dances his way to the Oval Office in the controversial all-black musical comedy Rufus Jones for President (1932).  Spencer Tracy imagines a haunting, writhing Hell in Dante's Inferno (1935).  George Pal will knock you off your feet in his art deco puppet wonderland in the early Puppetoon Cavalcade of Music (1934).   The famous talking Tiffany Chimps get into hilarious anthropomorphic antics, make an ass of yourself, playing Donkey Baseball (1935) and bundle up with Duke Ellington in Bundle of Blues (1933).  Plus timely newsreels, musical surprises and so much more!


Date: Friday December 28th, 2012 at 8:00PM
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp St., San Francisco 
Admission: $10.00 (cash only). Seating is limited - RSVP to 415-558-8117 or programming@oddballfilm.com

Saul Bass and the Creative Impulse - Thur. Dec. 27 - 8PM


Oddball Films and guest curator Landon Bates bring you Saul Bass and the Creative Impulse, an intimate look at the work and processes of several seminal American artists, among them Saul Bass, the Titan of Title Sequences.  While not unacknowledged, one might contend that Saul Bass, a master of credits, hasn’t been duly credited himself.  So, we’ll begin the evening with an unusual, vaguely educational sort of short film, Why Man Creates (1968), directed by Bass.  This film, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film in 1969, is a manically digressive, madcap essay that alternates between animation and live action (as did Bass’s title sequences), inquiring into that broad and most fascinating of topics, the creative impulse.  And, since this program is partially a tribute to Bass, Why Man Creates will serve the foundational function to it that Bass’s title sequences did for their films, announcing the theme.  Appropriately, our first case study is Bass himself, in Bass on Titles (1977), wherein he discusses his indelible contributions to such films as Man with a Golden Arm, It’s a Mad Mad Mad World, Seconds, West Side Story, Grand Prix, and Walk on the Wild Side.  This titillating talk is interspersed with the complete corresponding title sequences, a rare privilege to see grouped together and in isolation from the films.  The next creative workshop we’ll peak into will be that of Woody Allen, in Woody Allen: An American Comedy (1977).  If you missed Woody in town shooting on location for his next film, or simply didn’t get your fill, you needn’t despair.  See him up close in this film in which he discusses his creative process in delectable detail.  His comic influences, entry into film, writing style, and interest in jazz are all at play here, as are clips of such early classics as Bananas, Sleepers, Annie Hall, and Love and Death.  We’ll conclude our creative examination with USA Artists: Jasper Johns (1966), a meditative meeting with the gentle Johns, whose searing eyes and subdued demeanor slightly hypnotize as the painter muses on specific works, art in general, and remote existence in his sleepy South Carolina home. In sum, slough off your holiday hangover and come get inspired at Oddball in preparation for a new year!
 
Date: Thursday, December 27th, 2012 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to programming@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117

Strange Sinema 59: Strange Christmas - Fri. Dec. 21 - 8PM


Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema 59: Strange Christmas. Drawing on his archive of over 50,000 16mm film prints Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has complied a program of classic, strange, offbeat and unusual Christmas themed films.  The program features the early Di$ney animated surrealism of Mickey Plays Santa Claus (1931), a bizarre clip from the schlockmeister of kids scare films Sid Davis's Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen(1951),  Grant Munro's Toys (1966), featuring war toys coming to life before kids eyes in a Christmas window display, Big Business (1929) where Laurel and Hardy go door to door selling Christmas trees and wrecking slapstick havoc!,  Christmas in Oaxaca (1971) featuring all the colorful  costumes, parades, piñatas and rituals of Christmas in Oaxaca,  Mexico,  National Film Board of Canada's founder Norman McLaren's avant-garde animated Christmas Cracker (1963) and a few lively Christmas closers by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby in Happy Holidays with Frank and Bing (1957).  Plus! Holiday commercials featuring Kodak movie cameras, and early kinescopes of General Electric Christmas lighting!

Date:  Friday, December 21st , 2012 at 8:00PM
Venue: Oddball Film & Video, 275 Capp St. San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 RSVP  to: 415-558-8117 or programming@oddballfilm.com
 

Merriment, Mayhem and Moviedom: A Jolly Filmic Folly - Thurs. Dec. 20 - 8PM


Oddball Films and guest curator Lynn Cursaro present Merriment, Mayhem and Moviedom: A Jolly Filmic Folly.  It's a festive grab bag of colorful ephemera, cartoons and silent slapstick with just a pinch of the season. The yule mood is more impish than elf-like in Big Business (1929), a Laurel and Hardy classic of Christmas trees and cinematic gold. The spoof is on in Renee Taylor’s borscht-belt send off to Fellini, Two (1970). Stop-motion pioneer Wladyslaw Starewicz’s charmingly buggy The Cameraman’s Revenge turned 100 this year, so it’s time you saw it! Oscar-winning Frank Film (1973) weaves magazine cut-outs into a mid-century portrait of American plenty. Christmas is often synonymous for toys and Charles and Ray Eames’s beautiful and mesmerizing Tops, (1969) spins them to perfection. Two Warner's cartoons supply the surrealist edge: Hopalong Casualty (1960) with a new take on the age-old tale of a creative and hapless coyote, and Porky Pig dips into the Dali in Dough for the Do-Do (1949). For the early birds, Stop, Look and Listen (1970) is a madcap stop-motion examination of carless car culture. Plus! More ephemeral gems and gingerbread lions and other complimentary home-baked treats for all!
Meet the Beetles
Date: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 8:00PM.
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco
Admission: $10.00, Limited Seating
RSVP to: 415-558-8117 or programming@oddballfilm.com

Teen Dreams and Puberty Nightmares - Thurs. Dec. 13 - 8PM

Oddball Films brings you Teen Dreams and Puberty Nightmares, a star-studded night of vintage films full of those awkward, horrible, and occasionally musical moments that afflict the youth of any era. Junior High School (1978), a hilariously awkward musicalamity featuring a 16 year-old Paula Abdul and a cast of gangly teens and preteens singing and dancing about the "Itty Bitty Titty Committee", wearing a cup in gym class and having a boy-girl party.  It is one part toe-tapper, one part gut-cringer and all magic!  Di$ney has the all the answers for the growing girl with the dreamily animated The Story of Menstruation (1945).  For the guys, actor Ken Howard has all the Facts for Boys (1980) when he talks about wet dreams with three young men on an unsupervised camping trip (with a killer soundtrack).  Real teens talk about their dalliances with substance abuse in the classroom primer aimed at preteens, Drugs: First Decision (1978).  Watch out for fast moving boys and the emotional and genital sores they may leave in The Innocent Party (1959).  A teenaged Michael Jackson sings "We don't have to change at all" in a musical number from Free to be You...And Me (1974).  With teen trailers, vintage commercials, a dash of Degrassi Junior High and an aerobic workout with every girl's favorite doll and a 13 year-old Jennifer Love Hewitt in an excerpt from The B@rbie Workout (1993).  This program with have you laughing, singing, cringing and thanking your lucky stars those days are behind you!


Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2012 at 8:00PM. 
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco 
Admission: $10.00 RSVP to: 415-558-8117 or programming@oddballfilm.com

Home is Where the Heat Is: Peninsula Performances, PII - Fri. Dec. 14 - 8PM


Oddball Films and guest curator Christine Kwon present Home is Where the Heat Is: Peninsula Performances, PII, with a live score by Korean American musician Donghoon Han. Home is a polarizing topic: most of us spend our lives running away from it or trying to return to it, and our work often revolves around the preservation or destruction of what we consider home. Home is Where the Heat Is explores the centuries-old idea of nostalgia, and the longing to return to a better time in light of social, political and technological progress. Program highlights include local home movie footage of Chinese Americans and rare archival footage of the Korean War in, paired with a live improvised score. Films include the personal perspective of Chinese-Americans in Chinese New Year: San Francisco Chinatown Rice Bowl Parade (1951), history is told by the victors in A Motion Picture History of the Korean War (1950s), News Parade of the Year 1947, a time capsule of nostalgia, and The Sea Turtle (1970), a tranquilizing trip into the sea with the graceful underwater creature. Paired with Donghoon Han's unique blend of vintage Korean pop music and improvised electronic beats, it's the second part of a journey of nostalgia, beauty and finding a way home.

Date: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco

Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to programming@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117 

The Best (And Worst) of the Blonde Bombshells - Fri. Dec. 7th - 8PM

Oddball Films presents The Best (And Worst) of the Blonde Bombshells, a program celebrating our favorite smoldering, cheeky, entertaining blondes from the Golden Age of Hollywood.  With rare, bizarre and hilarious clips, excerpts, musical numbers and burlesque performances, you'll be sure to have more fun with these blondes!  The Art of Film: The Love Goddesses (1965) chronicles the rise of the woman as a cinematic sex symbol with clips and commentary about our favorite blondes and some noteworthy brunettes that made the big screen sizzle.  There's a double-dose of of the funny and fabulous Mae West, in the marvelous I'm No Angel (1933) where she plays a bold and brassy lion-tamer at the Circus (even putting her head inside a lion's mouth!) and small screen oddity Mae West Meets Mister Ed (1964) in which Mae West, playing herself, asks Wilbur to come on up and redesign her stables sometime.  Sultry German vixen Marlene Dietrich belts out a song before brawling with the boys in a rowdy saloon in an action-packed excerpt from Destry Rides Again (1939). Jayne Mansfield knocks Mickey Rooney speechless at the 1958 Golden Globe Awards in a hilarious vintage Kinetoscope recording.  Zsa Zsa Gabor cashes in on the Workout Tape craze and does pushups on half-naked beefcakes in It's Simple Darling! (1993). We've also got burlesque blondes including The Fabulous Cat Girl (1954), several swinging sixties Scopitones, the tantalizing trailer for The Seven Year Itch, plus Vintage Hair Commercials and so much more!



Date: Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating, RSVP to programming@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117

The Hellstrom Chronicle and other Junk Science - Thurs. Dec 6 - 8PM


Oddball Films presents The Hellstrom Chronicle and other Junk Science, a night of subjective science films that stretch the definition of documentary. The centerpiece of the night, The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971) is one of the strangest recipients of the Academy Award for Best Documentary due to its obtuse facts and florid doomsday message.  The film utilizes mesmerizing microcinematography of insects juxtaposed with narration from our host Nils Hellstrom, a fictional mad scientist who poetically reveals that insects stand to take over the world and laugh on the collective grave of the human race.  Part documentary, part horror film, part apocalyptic prophecy, The Hellstrom Chronicle is the dark, foreboding step-mother of Microcosmos.  The film was produced and conceived by David L. Wolper, producer of such far-reaching productions as Roots, The Thorn Birds, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Wattstax, penned by Omen scribe David Seltzer and features a fabulous synthy score by master-composer Lalo Schifrin.  Campy, creepy, provocative and hypnotizing, The Hellstrom Chronicle has got it all! Paired with this beautifully prophetic mockumentary are two 1950s crackpot science films brought to you by the world’s strangest bible science film producers, The Moody Institute of Science.  Evangelist Erwin “The Million Volt Man” Moon shocks his crew to demonstrate God's design in The Electric Eel (1954) and goes on to manipulate a couple of furry tree clingers in Slow as a Sloth (1954).  It is an evening that explores if science can remain science when you take it personal.







Date: Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to programming@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117


Fairy Tale Frenzy - Fri. Nov. 30 - 8PM


Oddball Films and guest curator Landon Bates bring you Fairy Tale Frenzy, a lovely jumble of fairy tales as interpreted for the screen.  This program, a kaleidoscope of colors and textures, comprised of classic tales, and some fresh lesser-known ones, is sure to bring out your inner kid.  We’ll begin with the wonderfully weird Czech animation Cecily (1970’s), the story of a girl whose ears, pulled continually by her grandmother as punishment for bad behavior, stretch to the size of sails, doubling as wings that will carry her far away from her previously drab and ordinary life.  King Midas and the Golden Touch (1946) is a puppet-filled parable that warns against the dangers of greed, as the king abuses his newfound ability to turn anything he touches to gold.  A Chairy Tale (1957), a crazy sort of comic ballet, with a sitar score by Ravi Shankar, involves a boy who may not sit in a chair until the chair first sits on him.  The Owl and the Lemming (1971), a stop-motion animation with traditional Eskimo chanting music, tells of an owl who falls prey to flattery, letting his dinner elude him.  The Thieving Magpie (1967), an Italian animation by Emmanuel Luzzati, set to Rossini’s famous overture, shows what happens when birds revolt against their hunters.  And, lastly, we’ll conclude the evening with three exquisitely elegant silhouette films by Lotte Reiniger: The Magic Horse, The Frog Prince, and Puss n’ Boots (1953-54).  This evening of fairy tale fun is not to be missed.

Date: Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to programming@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117

Strange Sinema 58: Bizarre Cinema Histories - Thurs. Nov. 29 - 8 PM


Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema 58: Bizarre Cinema Histories, a monthly screening of new finds, old gems and offbeat oddities from Oddball Films’ collection of over 50,000 film prints. Tonight we present an offbeat look at the origins and bizarre expressions of cinema through historical inventions, experimental innovations and hand-made films throughout the ages. We start off with a fascinating documentary The Origins of the Motion Picture (1955) examining cinema history from Leonardo Da Vinci to Thomas Edison featuring oddities such as the Thaumatrope, the Phenakistiscope, Muybridge’s Zoopraxiscope and more. We follow with the early cinema experiments of Georges Méliès in excerpts from Baron Munchausen’s Hallucinations (1911) and pair of animated satires of Hollywood including Mickey’s Gala Premiere (1933) featuring M*ckey Mouse and a cast of show biz celebs viciously lampooned for our enjoyment, Daffy Duck Goes to Hollywood (1938) where our duckster makes movie mayhem by creating a masterpiece using stock footage only to enrage his boss! Witness Camera Magic (1943), a rare curio by notorious oddball photographer Arthur “Weegee” Felig demonstrating a variety of camera techniques used to produce special effects. Moving on to the 70s we take a cue from Stan Brakhage, Len Lye, and other avant-garde film makers in Michael and Mimi Warshaw’s How to Make a Movie Without a Camera (1972) and Yvonne Andersen’s Let’s Make a Film (1971), films which encourages kids to make beautiful movies by scratching and drawing directly on film and animating films using hinged cut-outs, clay, toys, painted film and live action. Another rare doc Richter on Film (1972) profiles Dadaist and abstract/avant garde filmmaker Hans Richter as he talks about his ground-breaking experimental films of the 1920's including excerpts from Rhythm 21 (1921), Race Symphony (1928), and Ghosts Before Breakfast (1927). Additional films include Mandatory Edits (1965), a wacko reel of sexually suggestive and violent censored film clips marked for the cutting room floor and saved by a film collector and Bombay Movies (1977), an inside look at the bizarre world of Bollywood films in the 1970s. 

Plus! Rare avant garde shorts and excerpts featuring Lightplay: Black- White-Grey (excerpt) (1932) by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Site (1964) (excerpt) by Robert Morris & Stan Vanderbeek and Linoleum (1967) (excerpt) by Robert Rauschenberg 

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 8:00pm 
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco 
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to programming@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117 




All the Trimmings: A Cornucopia of Comedy, Cartoons and Music - Fri. Nov. 23 - 8PM


Oddball Films and guest curator Lynn Cursaro present All the Trimmings: A Cornucopia of Comedy, Cartoons and Music.  There’s something for everyone in this evening of revelry and frolic to banish every manner of Winter Blahs . . . before they start! Buster Keaton remains stoic during the wackiest camping trip ever when he unwittingly becomes The Balloonatic (1923). A double shot of Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote - Whoa Be Gone (1958) and Fastest with the Mostest (1960) - are part of a centenary nod to animation genius Chuck Jones. Laurel and Hardy get into prickly, stinky mess during basic training in With Love and Hisses (1927). What do cocoa beans taste like? Jonathan Winters and pals will tell you that and much more in Chocolate: What is it? from the 1970s Hot Dog series. Mini-doc Cans (1970) might change your mind about using the humble tin as an exciting craft material. “Incendiary Blonde” Betty Hutton tears up a local USO canteen in highlights from The Stork Club (1945). How to Make a Movie Without a Camera (1971) gives us a primer on the special magic of film. The curator’s notorious home-baked gingerbread will be among the complimentary home-baked treats for all.
Run it up the Flagpole
Date: Friday, November 23, 2012 at 8:00PM.
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco
Admission: $10.00, RSVP Only to: 415-558-8117 or programming@oddballfilm.com

Spacial Relations - The Art of Architecture - Thurs. Nov. 15 - 8PM

Oddball Films presents Spacial Relations - The Art of Architecture, a program devoted to the artistry of building buildings with many of the masters of modern design.  The show will begin with a trip around the world, featuring four simultaneously projected travelogues demonstrating the architecture of the world including Paris in Claude Lelouch's Rendezvous (1976) and Mexico's Mayan ruins in Sentinels of Silence (1971).  Then we will delve into the men behind the buildings, the visionary minds that design the most interesting of domeciles in the world.  Carlos Vilardebo's haunting and meditative documentary on the grandfather of modern design, Le Corbusier (1977) tours his studio and several of his incredible buildings in France, Switzerland and India and focuses on his contribution to changing people's views about building design.  America's favorite husband and wife design team, Ray and Charles Eames give us a uniquely Eamesian tour of the house they designed and built for themselves in House: After Five Years of Living (1955).  Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water (1970) goes into the intricacies of the house that revolutionized a home's relationship to nature.  And meet the man that went about constructing (and living in) a scale replica of a European castle in the endearing portrait Castle Man (1979).  With a special appearance of the creator of the geodesic dome in an excerpt from Primer of Universe: Buckminster Fuller (1970) and a survey of the architecture of the American skyscraper in A Modern Identity (1971).





Date: Thursday, November 15th, 2012 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to programming@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117


Eat Your Heart Out - Fri. Nov. 16 - 8PM

With the Holidays and their yearly double dose of feasting just around the corner, Oddball Films brings you Eat Your Heart Out, a night of vintage films about food, feasts and franchises for all tastes.  Learn about basic nutrition with a gaggle of creepy singing children in the campy classroom primer The Eating, Feel Good Movie (1974).  Take a funny and fascinating trip to Japan as Colonel Sanders takes his chicken franchise global with The Colonel Comes to Japan (1984).  Woody Allen and Joanne Worley do their best to answer an age old question in a segment from their weekly Hot Dog program : How Do They Make Hot Dog Rolls? (1970).  Get the first turkey perspective of your Thanksgiving feast in the bizarre and macabre animation I Was A Thanksgiving Turkey (1986).  Find out the facts about the other white meat in the bacontastic Pork: The Meal with a Squeal (1963).  Get a glimpse into the most entertaining lunch counter in America with Tom Palazzolo's hilarious portrait of Jerry's Deli (1976).  With a pantry full of vintage food commercials and actually edible snacks, you can feast more than your eyes!


Date: Friday November 16th, 2012 at 8:00PM. 
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco 
Admission: $10.00 RSVP Only to: 415-558-8117 or programming@oddballfilm.com

Jukebox Confidential: Portraits and Curios from the World of Pop - Fri. Nov. 9th- 8PM


Oddball Films and guest curator Lynn Cursaro present: Jukebox Confidential: Portraits and Curios from the World of Pop, an evening of toe-tapping ephemera highlighting hit-makers in performance, behind-the-scenes footage and stuff that defies category. Aretha Franklin, Soul Singer (1968) captures the Queen of Soul as a singer and musician in the whirl crossover stardom and also as an artist questing to find the truest expression of her gifts. The story of a squeaky-clean 70s superstar and her downfall is told in a deluxe excerpt from Todd Haynes' cult classic Superst*r (1988). At just 19, Paul Anka’s plugging away at amusement parks in Atlantic City and the Copa in NYC on his way to Vegas big-time. Lonely Boy (1962), captures his naked ambition in an jaw droppingly sharp cinéma vérité style. After a decade of success writing for stars like Franklin, Carole King lent her voice to Maurice Sendak’s Nutshell Library, including the delightful Chicken Soup with Rice (1975). Frank Sinatra shines as a potent symbol of America in the WWII propaganda short The House I Live In (1945) and some outtakes featuring a famous first couple sometime in the 1980s. And MORE! As usual, home-baked pie, this time from adapted the Queen of Soul’s own recipe, and other complimentary treats from the curator’s kitchen. (16 mm except where noted.)

Long Live the Queen!
Date: Friday November 9th, 2012 at 8:00PM. 
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco 
Admission: $10.00 RSVP Only to: 415-558-8117 or programming@oddballfilm.com


Visionary Design: The Cinema of Charles and Ray Eames - Thurs. Nov. 8th - 8PM



Oddball Films presents Visionary Design: The Cinema of Charles and Ray Eames. Among the finest designers of the 20th Century, the husband and wife team are best known for their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design, industrial design and manufacturing, but the Eames’ were also brilliant and inventive filmmakers, able to illustrate the most abstract concepts with readily understood images. There is so much to say about the legacy of the Eames’s that an entire period has been named after them. This program includes An Eames Celebration (1975), a documentary about the 20th century’s groundbreaking designers and filmmakers, shot by Les Blank; Powers of Ten(1968), their most famous film about orders of magnitude; Tops (1969), a brilliant childlike anthropological film capturing spinning tops from different cultures and eras; and IBM Mathematica Peep Show (1961) is a succinct and poignant presentation of 5 separate mathematical concepts.  The legacy of this husband and wife team includes more than 100 films produced between 1950 and 1982 that reflect the rich scope of their interests. Noted for their furniture designs -- the "Eames chair" in particular is considered one of the most significant and widely recognized furniture designs of the 20th century. The Charles Eames Lounge Chair set a standard for comfort and simplicity in modern design. The chair is so important in modern furniture design that it has become a part of the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art. 

Date: Thursday, November 8th, 2012 at 8PM
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco
Admission: $10 - Limited Seating RSVP to programming@oddballfilm.com or 415-558-8117



Life's a Drag! - Fri. Nov. 2nd - 8PM

Oddball films presents Life's a Drag! a fabulous and glamorous evening of drag royalty featuring groundbreaking documentaries, campy drag fairytales and vintage San Francisco amateur footage, all from the 1950's and 1960s, when homosexuality and transgender issues were first coming to a head in American society.  Highlights include Behind Every Good Man, the low-key portrait of an African American drag queen in Los Angeles.  Black Cap Drag takes an in-depth look at two British drag performers in 1960s London as they discuss their lives and careers and sing a few Barbra and Marlene numbers along the way.  The camptastic Sinderella retells an age-old fairy tale with a cross-dressing twist for a new generation.  Amour Pour Une Femme is a quick stag-gag, with a dressing room full of lovely ladies, but they may not all really be ladies. With incredible costumery in the 1969 Halloween Show at the Levee from our very own San Francisco, and tons of other dragalicious bonuses!  Empowering and entertaining, you'll want this night to drag on forever!

Date: Friday, November 2nd, 2011 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco (map)
Admission: $10.00 - Limited Seating RSVP to programming@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117

"You're born naked, the rest is Drag"
-Ru Paul Charles