Aqua Frolics - Underwater Adventures - Thurs. Oct. 2nd - 8PM

Oddball Films presents Aqua Frolics - Underwater Adventures, an evening of antique aquatic wonderment.  From Jacques Cousteau to underwater capers, surfing pin-ups and visionary Czech mixed-media, cartoons and more. The oceanic oddities include a large excerpt of The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958), an awe-inspiring and surreal vision of Verne’s novel “Face au drapeau” (“Facing the Flag”) with hand-painted backdrops, puppet fish and even an attack from a giant octopus, directed by legendary Czech animator Karel Zeman. Dive into the deep for some synchronized swimming and a turkey dinner with the underwater wackiness of Aqua Frolics (1950).  Fishies get a shot at Hollywood glamour when Porky's variety store shipment sinks to the ocean floor in Bob Clampett's cartoon Porky's Five and Ten (1938). Join Jacques Cousteau and his crew as they discover the mating habits of elusive cephalopods in The Night of the Squid (1970), an enthralling episode of The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. Pretty pin-ups ride long-boards on the waves in the newsreel oddity Surfboard Rhythm (1947). Puppet pals and scuba-gear help our hero Diver Dan as he squares off against an evil underwater king in Secret of the Throne (1963). So, take the plunge and dive into an ocean of celluloid swimmers and sea creatures all on 16mm film.


Date: Thursday, October 2nd, 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

Psychedelicatessen - A Feast for the Eyes - Fri. Oct. 3rd - 8PM

Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter bring you Psychedelicatessen: A Feast For The Eyes, a super fun, crazy night of our very favorite vintage eye-poppers, mind-benders, jaw-droppers and head-scratchers.  From hallucinatory dental hygiene to swingin' promotional films to surreal cartoons, this is one night your eyes will thank you for, if they don't fall out of your head!  The madness includes Match Your Mood (1968), a mind-bending advertisement for psychedelic 60's refrigerator covers; Le Monde Du Schizophrene (The World of the Schizophrenic, 1969) a super-surreal, Salvador Dali-like film produced by the Sandoz Pharmaceuticals (Makers of drugs as LSD);  Toothache of the Clown(1971) a nitrous-induced trip to the dentist with the creepiest of clowns;  The Munchers (1973), an epic claymation dental hygiene rock-opera with a bandstand of singing teeth; homegrown hallucinations Be-In (1967) artistically documenting the human be-in in Golden Gate Park with Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary and Lawrence Ferlinghetti in attendance and the groovy, acid-soaked S.F. Trips Festival: An Opening (1967); Glittering Song (1965), an eye-popping Czech object-animation made entirely out of broken glass;  Pat O'Neill's hypnotic optically printed 7362 (1967); and because it is October, a little witchy ritual with the enchanting Mantis (1971).   Everyone is advised to wear protective eyewear and chin guards, lest your eyeballs pop out of your heads and your mouths hang agape to dangerous levels! This is one trip you do not want to miss!

Date: Friday, October 3rd 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

Ladyfest Bay Area presents Sisters are Doin' It for Themselves - Thurs. Oct. 9th - 8PM

Oddball Films welcomes Ladyfest Bay Area for a filmic celebration of strong powerful women throughout history in the program Sisters are Doin' It for ThemselvesFrom lady wrestlers to big band leaders, musical numbers and animated inspirations, this multi-faceted program of vintage 16mm films documents the shifting role of women over the last 70 years and those pioneers that paved the way for women's equality. Films include Faith Hubley's Women of the World (1975), a beautiful animation about the many shifts of women's importance through history; Lipstick and Dynamite (1949) with two furious femmes brawling for the wrestling championship; all-girl big band Rita Rio and her Rhythm Girls tear up the stage in the sensational soundie Feed the Kitty (1942).  Katherine Hepburn heralds the rise of women in the workplace during WWII in the Eleanor Roosevelt penned Women in Defense (1941). Marlo Thomas and Harry Belafonte wants kids to know that gender-based roles are a thing of the past and mothers can be construction workers too in the musical excerpt Parents Are People from Free to be...You and Me (1974). Then, step into the shoes of real female construction workers, architects and coast guards in Attention: Women at Work (1984). A suburban grandmother remakes herself into a New York City art star in an inspiring segment of Woo Hoo: May WilsonPlus, an entertaining look at history and changing social mores from a woman who lived through it all in an excerpt from Martha Coolidge's (Valley Girl, Real Genius) portrait of her Yankee Grandmother, Old-Fashioned Woman (1974).


Date: Thursday, October 9th, 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
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Cinema Soiree with Richie Unterberger on Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock - Thurs. Oct. 23 - 8PM


Oddball Films welcomes Author and Musicologist Richie Unterberger for our Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly soiree featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights. To mark the publication of the expanded ebook version of his book Urban Spacemen & Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators & Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock, Unterberger will present clips of a dozen or so of the artists featured in the book.

Over the course of several years in the mid-to-late 1960s, rock music changed more quickly and unpredictably than it did in any other time in history. With so many artists competing for attention, it was inevitable that many innovators got lost in the shuffle or at least did not get the recognition they deserved, especially those who were boldy and experimentally fusing rock, blues, psychedelia, classical music, comedy, the theater, and more. Lost British Invaders, psychedelic pioneers, rock funnymen, blue-eyed soulsters, overlooked folk-rockers, behind-the-scenes producers -- all find a home as part of Urban Spacemen & Wayfaring Strangers, for which Unterberger drew on first-hand interview material with the artists and their associates. He'll talk about both the artists and the footage he presents between the clips.

The event will include footage of "the god of hell-fire," Arthur Brown; the Pretty Things, the best British Invasion band never to invade the United States; UK comedy rockers the Bonzo Dog Band; psych-garage oddballs the Electric Prunes; San Francisco's own Beau Brummels, the first American band to successfully answer the British Invasion; Bobby Fuller, who successfully channeled the best of Buddy Holly before meeting his own premature end; Thee Midniters, the best Latino rock band of the '60s; and pioneering folk-rockers Tim Buckley and Richard & Mimi FariƱa. Signed copies of Unterberger's books will be available for purchase at a discount."

Date: Thursday, October 23rd, 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

Cinema Soiree Series

Oddball Films presents the Cinema Soiree Series, an upcoming monthly soiree featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights.  Join us for screenings and eye-opening discussions on a wide-range of celluloid subjects.

Jim Morton on East German Cinema - Thursday, September 18th

Richie Unterberger on Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock - Thursday, October 23rd

John Turner on Outsider Artists and Korla Pandit - Thursday, November 20th

Laurel Braitman on Animal Madness - Thursday, December 4th

The Cartoon Genius of Chuck Jones - Fri. Sep. 26 - 8PM


Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present The Cartoon Genius of Chuck Jones, a night of cartoon hilarity from the brilliant mind of 4-time Oscar-winning animator Chuck Jones with some of his greatest shorts from the 1930s-1970s.  From iconic characters to esoteric flights of fancy to wartime propaganda, this program offers a mere sampling of Jones' prodigious career spanning 7 decades and over 250 films.  Chuck's first Oscar was rewarded for the stinky love story of Pepe Le Pew and Penelope Pussycat, For Scent-imental Reasons (1949). His third winner The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (1965) is a love story of a more geometric sort and call for creativity and individuality.  One of his first shorts Naughty But Mice (1939) features a very drunk mouse (Sniffles) and his wild drug store hallucinations. Bugs and Daffy get into semantics and Bugs slips into ladies' clothes in one of the best Bugs Bunny shorts, Rabbit Seasoning (1952). Jones helps fight malaria in the wartime propaganda piece Pvt. Snafu vs. Malaria Mike (1944).  Henery Hawk may only be a baby chicken hawk, but he won't be satisfied until he's got his chicken dinner in The Squawkin' Hawk (1942). One adorable squirrel must match wits against a coconut in Much Ado About Nutting (1952).  Ralph Wolf is no match for Sam Sheepdog in Sheep Ahoy (1953).  Herbie and Bertie make Claude the Cat think he is dead in Hypo-Chondri-Cat (1950). Charlie the Dog heads to Italy and sings for his dinner in A Hound for Trouble (1951). Is it mass-hallucinations or is it really the world's tiniest elephant in Punch Trunk (1952)? Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and Marvin the Martian square off in outer space in Duck Dodgers of the 24 1/2th Century (1952). In Is There a Doctor in the Mouse (1964), Jerry has invented a super-speed formula and Tom must film him in the act to discover his speedy secret. And speaking of speed, no Chuck Jones show would be complete without a zippy (and Oscar nominated) entry from Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner, Beep Prepared (1961) featuring a delightfully strange arsenal from Acme. Come early for the enduring tale of a brave mongoose; Rudyard Kipling's Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (1975). All films will be screened on 16mm prints from the archive and we'll be having a raffle for Chuck Jones goodies courtesy of the Chuck Jones Foundation!


Date: Friday, September 26th, 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/2014/09/the-cartoon-genius-of-chuck-jones-fri.html

Cine-Collage - Remixing the Moving Image - Thur. Sep 25 - 8PM

Oddball Films presents Cine-Collage - Remixing the Moving Image, a program of collage films and animations all made decades before digital editing and youtube with works by Bruce Conner, Chuck Braverman, Arthur Lipsett, Frank Mouris, Animal Charm, Martin Arnold and even Tex Avery. Collage film began with the clever and brilliant Bruce Conner in the 1950s, recontextualizing bits of found footage and other film into a new, and completely unique message. While today, video mash-ups are plentiful and relatively easy to produce with the advent of digital editing, in the 1950s and 1960s, these films were made by spending hours and days literally cutting and pasting pieces of films together, or in the 80s and 90s, working on cumbersome non-linear editing bays. We will begin the program with Tex Avery's Daffy Duck in Hollywood (1938), in which Daffy runs amuck in the editing house and creates the very first collage film. Bruce Conner remixes the Kennedy assassination in Report (1967). With 3 works from the kinestatic collage master Charles Braverman including Braverman's Condensed Cream of the Be@tles (1974), Television Land (1971) and Nixon: Checkers to Watergate (1976) all employing Braverman's pulsating and rhythmic editing style and wit. Frank and Caroline Mouris create a moving collage of a different sort by cutting out thousands of magazine images and animating them to dazzling effect in the Oscar winning Frank Film (1973). Arthur Lipsett gives us the rise and fall of a global technocracy in his wryly crafted A Trip Down Memory Lane (1965). As video entered the playing field in the 1980s, a new brand of collage film was born, focusing more on the manipulation of single or double source clips, wherein clever repetition and the technique of "scratching" the image as in a record, yields new insights into previously discarded or discounted footage. Animal Charm's witty re-workings of found VHS predated the likes of TV Carnage and Everything is Terrible. Their hilarious short Family Court (1998, video) deconstructs family playtime into an absurd visual tennis match. Martin Arnold utilizes classic Hollywood film for his source material; In Passage A L'Acte (1993, video), he remixes a 30 second clip of To Kill a Mockingbird to highlight every single subtle nuance you might have missed in real time. Plus, an unintentional collage film, the infamous Mandatory Edits reel, compiled entirely of film clips that were deemed inappropriate for television. All films screened on 16mm film from the archive, except where otherwise noted.

Date: Thursday, September 25th, 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/2014/09/cine-collage-remixing-moving-image-thur.html

Strange Sinema 80: Trance Cinema - Fri. Sep. 19 - 8PM


Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema, a monthly screening of new finds, old gems and offbeat oddities from the archive. Drawing on his collection of over 50,000 16mm film prints, Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has compiled his 80th program of classic, strange, offbeat and unusual films. This installment, Strange Sinema: Trance Cinema is an exploration into the cinematic documentation of altered states. Drawing on rare ethnographic and experimental acquisitions from the archives, this program showcases powerful healing ceremonies, ceremonial dances and ritualized trance states from around the world. Films include Anastenaria (1970), a rare documentation of surviving Dionastic worship in Greece featuring ritualized slaughter and a breathtaking fire walking ritual. Pomo Shaman (1964), in another rarely recorded ritual, Essie Parrish, a Southwestern Pomo Indian doctor enters a trance and cures a patient with the aid of a spiritual instrument used to suck out the patient’s illness. In another film, famed anthropologist Jon Marshall documents a all-night medicine dance in the Kalahari Desert in N/um tchai: The Ceremonial Dance of the !Kung Bushmen (1950s).   Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) is legendary filmmaker Maya Deren’s ground-breaking experimental dream-like trance film. Buck Dancer (1965) is acclaimed ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax’s mesmerizing musical artifact featuring Mississippi fife player/buck dancer Ed Young. Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson’s famed estactic iconographic study Trance and Dance in Bali (1937-39) filmed in the village of Pagoetan, records a performance of the ceremonial Kris (dagger) dance-drama depicts the eternal struggle between the witch (death) and the dragon (life-protecting force). Himalayan Shaman of Northern Nepal (1966) is John and Patricia Hitchcock’s examination of shamanism in the Himalayas including possession and purification and Dream of the Wild Horses (1962) is a cinematic poem utilizing slow motion and soft focus camera to evoke the wild horses of the Camargue District of France, as they roam on the beach running through walls of fire and water. Plus preshow trance patterns for early arrivals!

Date: Friday, September 19th, 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: www.oddballfilms.blogspot.com