Learn Your Lesson All-Stars: A Celebrity Shockucation - Fri. Oct. 10th - 8PM

Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Learn Your Lesson All-Stars: A Celebrity Shockucation, the 20th in a monthly series of programs highlighting the most ridiculous, insane and camptastic educational films, mental hygiene primers and TV specials of the collection. This month, we're featuring a Who's Who of celebrities from the 1970s and 1980s with educational cameos from OJ Simpson, Richard Dreyfuss, Bill Cosby, Ally Sheedy, Michael Jackson, Roberta Flack, Sonny Bono, Peter Fonda,Kareem Abdul Jabar, Zach Galligan, Michael Keaton, Billy Jean King, Beau Bridges, Ken Howard, Marlo Thomas, Paul Newman, Evel Knievel, Cynthia Nixon, Kristy McNichol, Scott Baio and more!  We have so many celebrities in fact, we're doing things a little differently; we're going to only be playing 2-10 minute segments of each, in order to get a taste of each shockulebrity and the very special message they were trying to impart to the youth of yesteryear and still pack in as many lessons as possible. The infamous OJ Simpson talks to kids about Dropping Out (1982); Gremlins star Zach Galligan tackles the topic of Teen Suicide; Richard Dreyfus warns business men of the 1980s about Cocaine Abuse: the End of the Line (1985); Sonny Bono, in gold lamé pajamas, tells you about the "unpleasant bummer" of Marijuana (1968); Ally Sheedy and Di$ney discuss AIDS; MASH actress Sally Kellerman wants to help those girls who are Sweet Sixteen and Pregnant; Kareem Abdul Jabar gives a motivational speech to an illiterate basketball star in the Afterschool Special The Hero Who Couldn't Read (1984); Evel Knievel and Peter Fonda want you to know that motorcycle safety is Not So Easy (1973); Roberta Flack and Michael Jackson sing about their physical shortcomings in the musical number When I Grow Up from Free to Be...You and Me (1974); Bill Cosby takes a comedic look at racism in Bill Cosby on Prejudice (1971); White Shadow Ken Howard takes 3 boys to the woods to talk about puberty in The Facts for Boys (1980), while That Girl's Marlo Thomas has a slumber party with a bunch of girls in The Facts for Girls (1981).  Plus! Afterschool Special snippets from a cavalcade of young stars, tennis tips from Billy Jean King, an All-Star musical spectacular pre-show and more celebrity surprises!  They may not all be A-listers (or even alive) anymore, but their shockucational messages live on!

Date: Friday, October 10th, 2014 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

Excerpts Include (but not limited to):
The Hero Who Couldn't Read (Color, 1984)
An ABC Afterschool EXTRA Special (shown before at Oddball only in excerpts) and howlingly funny dramatization of one teen basketball superstar's struggle with literacy.  While illiteracy may be no laughing matter; the overacting, the heavy-handed inspirational speeches, the fake tears, the bleach in a little boy's eyes, it will all bring you to tears... of laughter.  Featuring Clarence Williams III as the only teacher that cares enough to get him back on the right path and Kareem Abdul Jabar, playing himself and reading his cue cards like a champ!

Free To Be...You and Me - When I Grow Up (Color, 1974)
From the Emmy Award-winning TV adaptation of the quintessential hippy parenting guide, Free to be...You and Me, Roberta Flack and Michael Jackson play young children, imagining a future with their current physical shortcomings. The late great MJ croons “And I don’t care if you’re pretty at all and I don’t care if I never get tall. I like what you look like and I’m nice small. We don’t have to change at all.”
Marijuana (Color, 1968)
Sonny Bono graces the silver screen in gold lamé to set the facts straight about grass; that he appears utterly stoned himself should not denigrate his message one bit. He systematically counters all the usual arguments in favor of the evil weed (hilariously rattled off one by one by a group of teenagers being arrested). 

Words of wisdom in stoner monotone: “Unlike alcohol, when you take too much at one time, you don’t pass out. You more than likely run the risk of an unpredictable – and unpleasant  – bummer”.

The Perfect Drug Film (Color, 1971)

Hosted by obvious stoner Beau Bridges, this film has a very educational history of drug use (starting with, and illustrated by cavemen!) and covers all the basic territory: freak outs, wrestling with lions, running into traffic and jumping off cliffs.  Hilarious!

Angel Death (Color, 1985)
Hosted by Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward about the dangers of PCP use.

Cocaine Abuse: End of the Line (Color, 1984, excerpt)
Hosted by Richard Dreyfuss, this PSA is aimed at the corporate businessman, rather than the kiddies and gives just enough of a taste of the high-powered drug problem that was the scourge of the business world in the eighties!

Not So Easy (Color, 1973)
Starring Peter Fonda and Evel Knievel, this motorcycle safety film aims to show you that even for the star of Easy Rider, driving a motorcycle is “not so easy.” Knievel contributes a few words in support of safety, and then proceeds to demonstrate his signature tricks. Filled with plenty of long shots of Fonda riding down the California coast, this short is better suited to showcasing Fonda’s effortless cool than it is to safety.

The Body Human - The Facts for Girls (Color, 1980)
"Being a girl is very special.  I know... I remember"
TV's That Girl Marlo Thomas, the mastermind behind Free to be...You and Me, gabs with three young girls about the facts of life, their changing bodies and more awkward topics.  With a jammin' slumber party, crowd surfing, chats about Billy Jean King's period and a soundtrack that includes The Bee-Gees, Donna Summer and the Righteous Brothers, The Facts for Girls really delivers!

The Body Human: The Facts for Boys (Color, 1980)
“Changing from a boy to a man is a one way trip.  I’m Ken Howard and I’ve been through it all and I’d like to share the experience with you.”  Actor Ken Howard, in the middle of his stint as the White Shadow, decided to take three young boys, Li’l Billy Warner, Shane Hankins and Kade Lyons on an unsupervised camping trip to shoot the shit about wet dreams and unwanted pregnancies over wiener roasting and s’mores.  With a dynamite soundtrack that includes hits by Rod Stewart, Blondie, The Eagles and Willie Nelson.


For the Early Birds:
A Different Approach (Color, 1978)
Michael Keaton heads an all-star cast in a PSA musical comedy spectacular designed to sell employers on the idea of hiring the disabled.  Nominated for an Academy Award and featuring a Busby Berkeley-esque wheelchair number, co-stars Betty White, Rue McLanahan, Norman Lear, Jim Neighbors, Charlotte Rae and directed by Fern Field (The Day My Kid Went Punk).

Curator’s Biography
Kat Shuchter is a graduate of UC Berkeley in Film Studies. She is a filmmaker, artist and esoteric film hoarder.  She has helped program shows at the PFA, The Nuart and Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater and was crowned “Found Footage Queen” of Los Angeles, 2009. She has programmed over 100 shows at Oddball on everything from puberty primers to experimental animation.

About Oddball Films
Oddball films is the film component of Oddball Film+Video, a stock footage company providing offbeat and unusual film footage for feature films like Milk, documentaries like The Summer of Love, television programs like Mythbusters, clips for Boing Boing and web projects around the world.
Our films are almost exclusively drawn from our collection of over 50,000 16mm prints of animation, commercials, educational films, feature films, movie trailers, medical, industrial military, news out-takes and every genre in between. We’re actively working to present rarely screened genres of cinema as well as avant-garde and ethno-cultural documentaries, which expand the boundaries of cinema. Oddball Films is the largest film archive in Northern California and one of the most unusual private collections in the US. We invite you to join us in our weekly offerings of offbeat cinema.