What the F(ilm)?! 9 - Fri. Sep. 5th - 8PM

Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present What the F(ilm)?! 9: Cine-Insanity from the Archive, an evening of some of the most bizarre, hilarious and insane films from our massive 16mm collection. This month, we're going back to completely random programming with Drunk Dogs, Circus Soundies, Gun Safety, Jam Handy, Hammy the Hamster, and Beatnik Oddities just to name a few! When Patches, the St. Bernard, gets drunk at a wedding, it's up to one junior high school science class to find out the best hangover cure in Route One (1976). Come on down to the Swingeroo Circus (1943), a bizarre soundie with creepy cycling clowns, dancing girls in clown suits and more Big Top spectacle.  8 year-olds draw the tale of John's dependence on alcohol and drugs in the knee-slapping howler A Story About Feelings (1981).  Learn gun safety from the NRA and Trigger Happy Harry (1946). Industrial promo giant Jam Handy gives us a tour of a new model home in the kitsch-tacular A New Model For Living (1967). Join Hammy the Hamster and his talking animal friends in a miniature motorboat when Hammy Comes to the Riverbank (1960)  Plus, Don Klugman's beatnik love story I've Got this Problem (1966), a Tina Turner Air Force Commercial and more insane surprises!

Date: Friday, September 5th, 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


Route One (Color, 1976)
This alcohol awareness film shows an 8th grade class all about booze and hangovers with help from a dog named Patches who got drunk at a wedding reception and is suffering a hangover, plus some twisted animation of alcohol in the bloodstream- portrayed by a Kaiser-helmeted jet-chopper riding biker.

Swingeroo Circus- Joe Mole, the Keene Twins, the Harlan Co-Eds (B+W, 1943)
This bizarro soundie takes on the big top with chorus girls in oversized clown jumpers doing half-assed acrobatics, the creepiest clown on a bicycle that looks like Groucho Marx, and a parade of pony girls.  The dancing girls are rarely in sync and just about everyone but the clown are phoning it in.

A Story About Feelings (Color, 1981)
This should really be called "A Story about Chemical Dependence as Drawn by 5-year-olds".  A handful of tots illustrate the tale of John, a guy that's after feeling good.  When living straight isn't enough for John, he turns first to alcohol and then to drugs to feel good.

Trigger Happy Harry (1946)
"Shooting is fun"
Join the NRA for this gun safety comedy featuring a hapless and witless buffoon as he tries not to literally shoot himself in the foot.

A New Model Home (1967)

Produced by Jam Handy, the pioneer of industrial films. This film portrays a couple touring  “The Woman’s Day Home”, a model home of the future with “innovative” design. “There’s a lot of good ideas here “ remarks mom as she views the living room artwork “Why...it’s just a piece of framed wallpaper!”

I've Got This Problem (Don Klugman, B+W, 1966)

A young man and a young woman meet at a coffee shop and start a rambling conversation about everything from dancing to psychoanalysis.  Shot with a new-wave sensibility, they converse but never in the same frame, jumping around from parties to rooftops to being mere talking heads against an empty backdrop.  A charming beatnik absurdity!

Hammy Comes to the Riverbank (B+W, 1960)

Hammy the Hamster and his menagerie of forest friends cavort along the riverbank, ride on motorboats, save baby ducks and do more unbearably adorable things in this anthropomorphic installment of Tales of the Riverbank.

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.