Vintage Halloween Hullabaloo - Fri. Oct. 30th - 8PM

Oddball Films presents Vintage Halloween Hullabaloo, a program of vintage 16mm films to get us in the mood for All Hallows' Eve with cartoons, ridiculous educational films, giant genitalia costumes, Satanic smut, witches, ghouls and made-for-tv terrors. Di$ney teaches us the history, mystery and danger of this ghoulish night with the narrator from the Haunted Mansion and his classic cartoon pals in Di$ney's Haunted Halloween (1984). Halloween Safety (1985) gives us valuable lessons about awesome robot costumes, horrible face makeup and of course, tainted candy. One man heads out to the Halloween parade in Greenwich Village dressed like a real dick in Halloweenie (1986, print courtesy of the Jenni Olson Queer Archive).  The Occult: X-Factor or Fraud? (1973) examines the groovy Woodstock-era resurgence of the dark arts. Witchcraft’s time-tested power is pitted against Woody Woodpecker's madcap cartoon mojo in Witch Crafty (1955). With a rockin' musical break, featuring some interpretive-dancing spectres in an Old-West ghost town from John Byner's Something Else (1970) and the dancing witches of Ida Lupino's La Strega and one of our very favorite cartoons: Betty Boop teams up with Cab Calloway for one spooky night in Minnie the Moocher (1932). Plus, a coffin full of Horror Movie Trailers, Sweet Treats, Scary Surprises and more!

Date: Friday, October 30th, 2015 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to or (415) 558-8117

Suck on This! - Vamps and Vampires - Thur. Oct. 29th - 8PM

Oddball Films presents Suck on This! - Vamps and Vampires, a night of 16mm bloodsucking beasts and bewitching babes from the Oddball crypt. Sink your fangs into delicious excerpts from the famous Dracula (1931), starring Bela Lugosi, a confection that introduced the legendary Count Dracula and his spider eating minion Renfield to the silver screen. In Mrs. Amworth (1975), a strange illness is plaguing a small English town; the locals think it's the gnats, but a doctor is out to prove that the sweet lady down the road is one of the oldest vampires in England. French clown Pierre Etaix wrote, directed and stars in the delightful vampire tale Insomnie (1963). On the lighter side, see hilariously spooky bits from Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), directed by Charles Barton, where the wacky duo encounter Dracula! Forget the garlic, one woman's chain smoking is enough to keep Dracula away in Ashes of Doom (1970). For the vamps, we've got the original Vamp: Theda Bara in an excerpt of the cinematic documentary The Love Goddesses (1965). Betty Boop heads down to Hell and melts the king of the underworld with her icy stares in the jazzy Fleischer Brothers' cartoon Red Hot Mamma (1934). Inspector Willoughby goes head to head with Vampira Hyde in another goofy cartoon Hyde and Sneak (1962). Burlesque queen Betty Dolan dances with the Devil in the sizzling Satantease (1950s). Plus more Burlesque Cuties,  trailers for Love at First Bite, Grave of the Vampire and more bloodsucking surprises!

Date: Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 8:00pm 
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to or (415) 558-8117

Oddball is Co-presenting at the 3rd-i International South Asian Film Festival - Oct. 22-Nov. 1 in Palo Alto

Deepa's new HD:Users:Paprika:Desktop:3rd i 2015:Film Images:LoL_web.jpgOddball Films is pleased to co-present at 3rd i’s 13th ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL  (Oct 22-25 in San Francisco; Nov 1 in Palo Alto).
Labor of Love
Aditya Vikram Sengupta, India, 2014, 84mins
Where: New People Cinema
When Sunday, October 25, 1 pm
Lyrical and intimate, this unique cinematic experience delves into the lives of an ordinary couple whose competing work schedules keep them apart. Sengupta's arresting visuals build into to a beautiful, dreamlike crescendo, while the resonant soundscape and retro score fill the silences with deep emotional textures. An ode to so many labors of love, including that of cinema, this film is a must-see for cinephiles.
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Kamal Swaroop, India, 1988, 98mins
November 1st, CineArts at Palo Alto square, 7:15pm
Digitally Restored Version! Set in a picturesque town in Rajasthan, Kamal Swaroop's cult classic chronicles the coming-of-age of Om, a young boy interested in magic and religion. Touted as 'the great Indian LSD trip', the film premiered to rave reviews at the Berlin Film Festival in 1988, and has since then achieved mythological status in India, influencing a whole generation of filmmakers.
Use promotional code "cp_2015” when purchasing tickets for this film and receive 20% off an individual $10 ticket (until online sales end on the day of the screening - noon on weekdays and 7am on weekends. Online fees not discounted.)
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An American in Madras - Bombay Filmmaker Karan Bali in Person - Fri. October 23rd - 8PM

Oddball Films welcomes filmmaker Karan Bali for a screening of his recent documentary An American in Madras. This compelling documentary primarily traces the American-born filmmaker Ellis R. Dungan’s years in India. Born in 1909 and hailing from Barton, Ohio, Dungan studied cinematography at USC before departing for the shores of India on February 25th, 1935 intending to stay for 6 months but ending up staying for 15 years. Without speaking a word of the language, Dungan brought many technical innovations to the developing Tamil Film Industry of the 1930s and ‘40s, and infused a sense of professionalism into its filmmaking. Dungan directed the great Tamil superstar MGR's first film, Sathi Leelavathi, as well as famed Carnatic vocalist MS Subbulakshmi's most famous films, Sakuntalai and Meera. The documentary traces Dungan's Indian connection right up to 1994, when on a trip to India, the Tamil Film Industry felicitated him in Chennai for his contribution to its development, a good 43 years after he had left India. The winner of 3 Indian Documentary Producers' Association (IDPA) Awards, this film will be presented by the filmmaker Karan Bali in person, all the way from India!  Early arrivals can delve into the exciting world of Bombay Movies (1977), an inside look at the wild and extravagant world of Bollywood films in the 1970s. 

Date: Friday, October 23rd, 2015 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to or (415) 558-8117

Cursed Kids - The Horror of Childhood - Thur. Oct. 22 - 8PM

Oddball Films continues its creepy month of October with Cursed Kids - The Horror of Childhood, with a triple feature of short horror films for and about children mixed with a smattering of educational scare films, animation and musical shorts, all on 16mm from the archive. Peter Medak directs The Rocking Horse Winner (1977), a demonic adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s chilling story about a boy who rocks himself into clairvoyant trances in order to predict horse racing winners and help his mother get out of debt. Di$ney gets into the horror game with Bette Davis and an alternate dimension of terror in the unforgettable Watcher in the Woods (1980, condensed version).  The ABC Weekend Special gets spooky in The Red Room Riddle (1983), a tale of a haunted house full of ghost servants and dogs that traumatized a generation of kids. Sid Davis, master of the scare film, brings us the scenarios of four "real-life" nightmares from the seemingly ever-present threat of child-molesters and murderers in Boys Aware (1973).  Are you scared of the dark?  Never fear, Spooky Boos and Room Noodles (1970s) - an animated anti-scare film for the tiny tots - will have you too baffled to be frightened.  And come sing along with the "feelings" gang and sing your fears away with the ridiculous educational primer I'm Feeling Scared (1974).  Early birds can relive the Mercer Mayer classic There's a Nightmare in My Closet (1987), plus trailers for The Exorcist and The Omen and even more surprises!

Date: Thursday, October 22nd 2015 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to or (415) 558-8117

Home Movie Day 2015 - Free Workshop and Screening of Bizarro Home Movies - Sat. Oct. 17th

The San Francisco Media Archive and Oddball Films would like to welcome you to Home Movie Day in conjunction with the 13th Annual Worldwide Home Movie Day with a free home movie workshop and inspection and a free screening of offbeat and bizarre home movies. So, bring us your films: 8mm, Super 8, 16mm, and even VHS home movies to SFMA where they will be inspected and viewed by HMD projectionists. Following the clinic, we'll be having a free screening of Bizarro Home Movies from the 1950s-1970s that everyone is welcome to attend. The home-made hijinks may include (lineup subject to change) Welcome San Francisco Movie Makers; From Here to Profanity a local amateur film with children acting out adult rolls; way-out contests including Wrist Wresting, Angels Camp Frog Jumping Contest, the ludicrous hi-jinks of ”Front Yard Bob” juggling flaming torches in front of his house, homegrown hippies in Banana Skin Freaks, elderly Tiki girls getting the burlesque urge, Crossing the Equator drag and hazing rituals, whale rendering and other very bizarre and xxx rated “blue” home movies too nerdy and naughty to mention!  So bring your own family treasures or just marvel at some one else's for a celebration of amateur filmmaking and home movie preservation.

"There's no such thing as a bad home movie. These mini-underground opuses are revealing, scary, joyous, always flawed, filled with accidental art and shout out from attics and closets all over the world to be seen again. Home Movie Day is an orgy of self-discovery, a chance for family memories to suddenly become show business. If you've got one, whip it out and show it now."
-- John Waters

Date: Saturday, October 17th, 2015 Screening at 8:00PM, Home Movie Clinic 6-8 or by appointment.
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco 94110
For More Info: 415-558-8117 or

Learn your Lesson on the School Bus: An Accidental Shockucation - Fri. October 16th - 8PM

Oddball Films presents Learn your Lesson on the School Bus: An Accidental Shockucation, the 31st 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 Halloween, we're bringing you the gruesome, horrifying and deadly history of the school bus safety film with everything from hand puppets, felt punching bags with faces, ghost romances and little goody-goodies to round out the utter carnage!  From Gene Starbecker - the "father of the school bus safety film" - come two of the bloodiest scare films of all time: And Then It Happened (1972) and Death Zones (1975). These over-the-top nightmares feature the rowdiest kids you've ever seen - wielding knives, smoking, popping pills - the most patient of bus drivers and bodies galore! Busses end up in lakes and upside-down, they run over countless children, and leave a body count higher than most horror films! On the lighter side of bus safety, audience favorite Bobbie the plucky Bus Nut (1980) is back spreading her good bus vibes in her favorite yellow "bus nut" T-shirt!  Watch out for the schmoadles, punching bag shaped blobs that terrorize the bus driver with their terrible hallucinatory behavior in School Bus Safety: A Schmoadle Nightmare (1975). Get ghostly with bus safety when a new boy befriends a girl on the bus only to realize his new crush is a Ghost Rider (1982).  With bonus bus safety cartoons, hand puppets and more surprises in store, it's a great night to buckle up and learn your lesson!

 Friday, October 16th, 2015 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to or (415) 558-8117

Southern Gothic - The Haunting Tales of Ambrose Bierce - Thur. Oct. 15th - 8PM

Oddball Films presents Southern Gothic - The Haunting Tales of Ambrose Bierce, a chilling night of deadly delights from the master of the twist ending.  Ambrose Bierce, whose Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Kurt Vonnegut called the greatest of American short stories, was a master of psychological terror. His short, unpretentious stories - largely set during the civil war - often featured abrupt twist endings and their simplicity leant themselves perfectly to filmic interpretation.  From Robert Enrico comes the brilliant (as well as Cannes and Oscar-winning) adaptation of Ambrose Bierce's haunting tale about the final romantic thoughts of a condemned man, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962).  Also from Robert Enrico's Civil War Trilogy: the mind-bending Chickamauga (1962), a dark and surreal story of a deaf-mute boy's eerily playful interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles in the American Civil War.  Step into a haunted house in the well-crafted and devastating ghost story The Return (1973) an unsung short Horror classic begging to be rediscovered.  Early birds will be treated to The Boarded Window (1973), a tragic tale of isolation and mistaken identity. Everything screened on 16mm prints from the archive.

Date: Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to or (415) 558-8117

Cinema Soiree with Bill Daniel: Who is Bozo Texino? and Tri-X Noise - Fri. Oct. 9th - 8PM

Oddball Films welcomes photographer and filmmaker Bill Daniel to our Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly event featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights and films. Daniel will be here in person, screening his documentary Who is Bozo Texino? chronicling the secret world of hobo graffiti artists, as well as presenting his pop-up punk photo show Tri-X Noise featuring 30 years of underground photography. Ride the cinematic rails with Daniel's film Who is Bozo Texino? a 16-year chronicle of the search for the source of a ubiquitous and mythic rail graffiti— a simple sketch of a character with an infinity-shaped hat and the scrawled moniker, “Bozo Texino”— a drawing seen on railcars for over 80 years. Daniel’s gritty black and white film uncovers a secret society and it’s underground universe of hobo and railworker graffiti, and includes interviews with legendary boxcar artists Colossus of Roads, Coaltrain, Herby, and The Rambler.  Before the screening, tour Daniel's Tri-X Noise, a pop-up photo show comprised of 30 years of 35mm photographs beginning with the early 80s punk scene in Texas, featuring all of your favorite old school punk bands. This exhibit, all non-digital darkroom prints, charts a path starting with punk shows in Texas, and crawls through various subcultures from the 90s graffiti scene in San Francisco, freight hopping scenarios, art openings in Los Angeles, house shows in Louisiana, generator shows on the Monongahela River, etc... all seen through Daniel's unique, spelunker flash-lit vision. These shows are all one-night pop-up site-specific events, with a free-standing “gallery” -- a free-standing wall that stands in the middle of a space, with photos on both sides. Plus! Between the photo show and the film, Daniel will be speaking about his creative and migratory practices and we'll be screening the 16mm traveling carny documentary Circus Nomads (1975) from the archive.

Date: Friday, October 9th, 2015 
7:00pm: Reception and Photo Show  8:00pm: Screening
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 for photo show and screening. Limited Seating RSVP to or (415) 558-8117

Strange Sinema 93: Trance Cinema - Thur. Oct. 8th - 8PM

Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema 93, a monthly screening of new finds, old gems and offbeat oddities from Oddball Films’ vast collection of 16mm film prints. Drawing on his collection of over 50,000 16mm film prints, Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has compiled his 93rd program of classic, strange, offbeat and unusual films. This installment, Strange Sinema 93: Trance Cinema is an exploration into the cinematic documentation of ritual, trance and altered states. Drawing on rare ethnographic and historic acquisitions from the archives, this program showcases ritualized trance states, powerful healing ceremonies and ceremonial dances from around the world. Films include Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson’s legendary ethnographic study Trance and Dance in Bali (1937-39), Anastenaria (1970), a rare documentation of surviving Dionastic worship in Greece featuring ritualized slaughter and a breathtaking fire walking ritual, Ma’Bugi: Trance of the Toraja (1973) the powerful physicality of spirit-possession rituals of the Indonesian highlands, where men climb a ladder of knives, Pomo Shaman (1964), a rare record of a female Pomo Indian doctor who enters a trance and cures a patient with the aid of a spiritual instrument, Walbiri Fire Ceremony (1977) showcases a spectacular three-day Australian Aboriginal communal ritual of penance, Himalayan Shaman of Northern Nepal (1966) John and Patricia Hitchcock’s examination of shamanism in the Himalayas including possession and purification, and Tanka (1976) David Lebrun’s remarkable and fierce animated vision of ancient gods and demons in the Tibetan Book of the Dead.  Also, pre-show highlights from Land-Divers of Melanesia (1972), Kal Muller and famed ethnographic filmmaker Robert Gardner’s profile of Melanesian men as they attach vines to their ankles, diving headlong from a 100 ft wooden tower in the Naghol land-diving ritual.

Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 8:00PM
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to or (415) 558-8117