You Are a Rainbow: The Quest for Consciousness - Thurs. Nov. 21 - 8PM

In the ongoing and infinite search for higher consciousness, Oddball Films and guest curator Scotty Slade invite you to the Bay Area Premiere of: You Are a Rainbow: The Quest for Consciousness. Completed in 1980, this nearly lost in the aether documentary examines the “schools” and individuals involved in and related to the Human Potential Movement. Within this film, we are exposed to a seismic unearthing of behind the scenes footage of healing workshops - the young and loving embracing in cosmic dances at the renown Esalen Institute in Big Sur, at SF Playground where everyone gets to be a star, at Leonard Orr’s rebirth ceremonies, in which enlightenment seeking people are lead through a process of cathartic rebirth. We are exposed to the bone-structure teachings of Moshé Feldenkrais, the philosophies of Esalen founder Michael Murphy, William Shutz, and philosopher George Leonard. We speak with Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh about the meaning of life, and we consider far out ideas because we’re Californians and that’s what we do! Shot between 1975 and 1980 in California, from Big Sur to San Francisco, this film has never been shown in the Bay Area until now! Gather round and form your own opinions as to the validity and sincerity of the people in this film. No matter what your final thoughts are, there’s knowledge, beauty, and insight to be drawn from this prodigiously rare film. Plus, The evening will begin with several mind opening 16mm shorts from the Oddball Archive.

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 8:00pm

Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco

Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to or (415) 558-8117

About the Filmmaker:

George Paruvanani made over 50 full length documentaries including, The Eagle Has Brought the Message (about the American Indian Movement), Back to the Devil (about the Occult Movement in the Bay Area in the late 70’s), and most notably, Step that Step: A Portrait of Cecil Williams.

*Saul Rouda, Bay Area filmmaker and footage wrangler, who worked on and is supplying us with this film, will be in attendance as well.

Curator’s Biography:

Scotty Slade is an archivist at Oddball Film+Video, installation and performance artist, and full time weirdo. He went to three colleges before finishing at the University of Michigan. He was the Assistant Technical Director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the oldest experimental festival in North 
America, and he has recently been learning Native American music.

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, educationals, 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.