Female Trouble - Sat. Feb 11 - 8PM

Oddball Films and guest curator Kat Shuchter bring you Female Trouble: Shedding Light of the Plight of Women, a whole sleight of films designed to shock, alarm and educate the modern girl and woman about the dangers that constantly surround her. From the curse of every woman in films like D*sney’s Story of Menstruation (1945), a beautifully animated short of lovely ladies and their dreamy pituitary glands, to the woes of Teenage Pregnancy, a 1971 campy Canadian melodrama, to the sickness of Eating Disorders:The Slender Trap (1986), the dangers of strangers like Hitchhiking: The Road to Rape (1982) and the risk of intimacy in Herpes: The New Sexual Epidemic (1981), with ladycentric commercials and all sorts of other Girl Stuff (1980). This is one evening that will celebrate the strength of women and educate the men in their life to the constant barrage of dangers us ladies face everyday.

Date: Saturday, Feb 11 at 8PM
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco
Admission: $10 - Limited Seating RSVP to programming@oddballfilm.com or 415-558-8117


The Story of Menstruation (Color, 1945)
A Walt D*sney Production, The Story of Menstruation is an animated short film produced for American schools detailing the menstrual cycle.  Rumored to be the first film with the word “vagina” in it’s screenplay, this vintage gem is both matter of fact and dreamily flowery. A large-headed girl takes you through the dos and don’ts of menses while helpful diagrams guide us all to better understanding.

Hitchhiking: The Road to Rape (Color, 1982)

Tracy never thought it could happen to her. She’d hitched dozens of times and never had any problems. Until she picked the wrong car to get into, and things started to get ugly. Will Tracy ever learn from her devastating mistake?  Will you?

Girl Stuff (Color, 1980) 
This film plays out like many men’s: a bunch of girls sitting around talking about their periods.  Periods and douches and perspiration and vaginal infections and boyfriends and growing up, you know…Girl Stuff! With plenty of fantastic vintage product placement.

Teenage Pregnancy (Color, 1971)
No one can bring you the melodrama of teen pregnancy quite like the Canadians. This campy morsel features a lot of worry, disappointment, facts and good old-fashioned overacting. Like a lost Degrassi episode, the touching story of 16 year-old Betty’s life will bring you to tears…of laughter!

Eating Disorders: The Slender Trap (Color, 1986) 
Join host and technical advisor Debbie Pippen Doria as we follow three people’s battles with themselves and the deadly diseases of anorexia-nervosa, bulimia, and my personal favorite, over-eating. After all, a woman’s view of herself can be the greatest monster she faces

Herpes: The New Sexual Epidemic (Color, 1981) 
“Oh no, Kathy! Did you tell David?” Join three people on their painful, and itchy journeys with the simplex. One is a young woman in the thralls of love, but a prison of shame.  One is an expectant mother, ready to give the gift of life, not herpes. And the last is a sailor, infected from exotic ports of call, but hoping to dock in his beloveds harbor. Feel the pain, then, learn the facts about the “new” epidemic… 

Plus a Super-Plus Flow of Vintage Ladycentric Commercials!

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.