What the F(ilm)?! 4: Quadruple the Cine-insanity - Fri. Apr. 4th - 8PM

Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present What the F(ilm)?! 4: Quadruple the Cine-insanity an evening of some of the most bizarre, hilarious and insane films from our massive 16mm collection.  This time the insanity includes safety lessons from monkey-children, Jesus as a mime, swingin' promotional films and a Busby Berkeley musical number.  Monkeying around on your bicycle has never been more deadly than for the 10 chimp-masked children heading to a picnic but not following the rules of the road in the legendary One Got Fat (1963). Jesus is a mime at a circus, alleviating the burdens of his fellow carnies before being crucified as a marionette in Parable (1964). Mel Brooks freaks out over experimental animation in Ernie Pintoff's Oscar winning cartoon The Critic (1963)  One housewife can't contain herself once she discovers RIT fabric dye in the swingin' Color for Joy (1962). Children sing longily about cuts of meat over foody montages in the pint-sized musicalamity The Eating, Feel Good Movie (1974).  Learn how to shoot like the cops when confronted with various deadly scenarios in Shoot, Don't Shoot II (1973) Princess Cruises wants you to know how a cruise can make All The Difference in the World (1970's) and the grandiose narrator is willing to pound it into your head with the help of a staff and clientele in the shortest of short-shorts.  And our musical interlude for the evening will be Busby Berkeley's feline frenzy Sittin' on a Backyard Fence from Footlight Parade (1933).  It's a great night to lose your mind to 16mm cine-insanity!

Date: Friday, April 4th, 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


One Got Fat (Color, 1963)

Bizarre/legendary bike safety film- 10 young cyclists acting like monkeys (wearing masks and tails!) head to a city park for a picnic. 9 out of 10 makes a bonehead mistake and suffers a major accident- all but one, who reaches the park and... Here’s how a few of the characters meet their demise:

1.Tinkerbell ("Tink") McDillinfiddy forgets to watch out for a stop sign, and is hit by a large truck.
2. Phillip ("Floog") Floogle rides on the left...POW! 
3. Mossby Pomegranate’s bike is stolen, police can’t find it because it wasn't registered, as a result of running between one and nine blocks, his feet arches collapse. 
4. Slim Jim ("Slim") Maguffny and Trigby Phipps ride double, due to Trigby's lack of vision because of Slim blocking his head, he steers right into an open manhole covering. Find out Friday the fate of the others!

Parable (Color, 1964, Rolf Forsberg)
This highly controversial film was commissioned by the Lutheran Council for screening at the 1964 World's Fair.  The depiction of Jesus as a pantomime circus clown was met with floods of protestors, but it also garnered the film numerous awards and recognitions. In 2012, Parable was added to the National Film Registry.

Color For Joy (Color, 1962)
A housewife dances and prances around the house, dyeing everything in sight with RIT fabric dye in this odd promotional film. Stars Patricia Harty, who played Blondie in the late 1960s sitcom, in perhaps her first “dramatic” role.  Makes a nice companion piece to Oddball favorite Match My Mood.  No housewife has ever been this peppy- not without a handful of leapers!

The Critic (Color, 1963)
Another animated Oscar winner from the great Ernie Pintoff- the “Critic is Mel Brooks, sitting in a movie theater. Loudly describing/deriding what he seeds on the screen (a spoof of a Norman McLaren-styled animation). Brooks' old man character relentlessly rags on the experimental animation he's shown to hilarious effect.

The Eating, Feel Good Movie (Color, 1974)

A musical laugh riot.  Children dressed in their Sunday best have a sepia-toned tea party and begin to sing about the food groups over enticing shots of vintage food.  One boy sings longily over a meaty montage "I'd like a roast or a chop or a steak or a stew so I'll have big strong muscles and I'll grow right too."  A creepy campy musicalamity!

Sittin’ On A Backyard Fence (B+W, 1933)

Clip from the great Busby Berkeley musical Footlight Parade- Human kitties sing, dance and frolic to the Tin Pan Alley favorite.

Shoot, Don’t Shoot II (Color, 1973)
This surprising police training film presents various heated scenarios under which an officer of the law may or may not be warranted in deploying his or her service revolver. While insightful in its subtle analyses of the situations at hand, this educational film attempts to prepare cops for the worst (not to mention the weirdest), which, one has to admit, makes for extremely entertaining viewing.  A few examples of the sensationally staged scenarios: a shotgun-toting suicidal man knelt by a river, wildly contemplating the end before a group of gawking onlookers; two dope-smoking toughies who retreat to their mobile home when pursued by an out-of-shape officer; a jewel thief with a vial of dangerous chemicals.

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.

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.