Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema, a monthly screening of new finds, old gems and offbeat oddities from the collection. Drawing on his archive of over 50,000 16mm film prints Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has complied his 74th program of classic, strange, offbeat and unusual films. This installment, Strange Sinema 74: Strange, Strange Music focuses on avant-garde, electronic music, quirky jazz, ethnographic and other musical novelties and exotica from around the world. This program presents the rare documentary The Dreamer that Remains (1973) featuring American visionary composer, new-music instrument inventor and hobo Harry Partch; Discovering Electronic Music (1983), veteran director Bernard Wilets’ introduction to music synthesizers and computers used to create electronic music; The Pretty Lady and the Electronic Musicians (1972) a quirky fairy tale that takes us to the outer fringes of early music inventions like Leo Theremin’s revolutionary sound instrument, effects like reverb, overdrive and fuzztones and the theory of musique concréte; A Balinese Gong Orchestra (1971) showcases the ancient gamelan music of Indonesia; Tanka (1976), David LeBrun’s hypnotic film composed of Tibetan scroll paintings with a pulsating original score by Ashish Khan; Crash, Bang, Boom (1970), a lesson in percussive sounds for pre-teen hippies; Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom (1953), Ward Kimball’s brilliant Technicolor, mid-century cartoon explores the development of Western musical instruments from caveman to present day; Ego (1970) Italy’s Bruno Bozzetto optical printing and pop art imagery bond with master Franco Godi’s wildly ultra-lounge soundtrack; Crystallization (1975), award-wining filmmaker Carroll Ballard’s (The Black Stallion) abstract film explores the formation of crystals in liquids all set to an innovative electronic sound score. Finally Oakland native and electric guitar pioneer Alvino Rey performs The Whistler and His Dog (1941) with his swing orchestra. This novelty big band show-stopper is replete with barks, woofs, whistles and growls from his sidemen!
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117