London Calling: A Vintage Cinetour - Thur. Aug 6th - 8PM

Oddball Films presents London Calling: A Vintage Cinetour, a program of 16mm films shot in mid-century London. From wartime propaganda, to art, documentary, music, ephemera and more, this is a one of a kind trip to another time and place. See the determination of Londoners in the face of the destruction of their historic city during the Blitzkrieg in London Can Take It! (1940) the propaganda short that helped change American sentiment towards entering WWII. Get a look at the art scene with A Lichtenstein in London (1968), a tour de force on site doc of the American pop artist’s famous Tate Modern show produced by Bruce Beresford featuring commentary by Lichtenstein, gallery views and shots of some of his most well known paintings and sculptures. The audacious Ken Russell (Tommy, Altered States) shows us his softer side with one of his very first short films, Amelia and the Angel (1957) about a little girl's quest for redemption through the streets of Post-War London. Black Cap Drag (1969) takes an in-depth look at two British drag performers in 1960s Camden as they discuss their lives and careers and sing a few Barbra and Marlene numbers in the historic gay bar that recently closed its doors. Zip around with Twiggy and other mod models in excerpts of Opus (1967) a fascinating tour-de-force montage of British art, architecture, theater and swingin’ fashions-all that was shocking in 1967; directed by experimental cinema legend Don Levy. And for a Technicolor taste of the British Invasion coming home, visit Tottenham and hear a few groovy tunes from The Dave Clark Five (1965). Plus, get a glimpse of the city pre-war in Castle Films newsreel London (1938) and early birds can tour the city with Vintage Travelogues


Date: Friday, August 7th, 2015 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

Antique Animal Antics! - Fri. Aug. 7th - 8PM

Oddball Films presents Antique Animal Antics!, a program of vintage films full of adorable, hilarious and anthropomorphic animals from the 1930s-1970s. Decades before youtube, CGI, and the Buddies franchise, these furry film stars were doing tricks, solving crimes, talking, singing and drinking at the local pub! A crime-solving, canoeing pooch tracks down a thief in the Yukon in highlights from The Test (1935) starring wondermutt Rin Tin Tin Jr. Fall in love with Squeak the Squirrel (1957), a little ground squirrel in search of a nut and willing to perform any number of tricks for those sweet nutty treats. Then, the Kodachrome tale of a rescued woodchuck who is forced to wear doll clothes for her dinner in Chucky Lou: Story of a Woodchuck (1948). Head out for a beer, with a bull in the hilarious and horrifying documentary Manimals (1978), about people who keep exotic pets in their New York City apartments from Oscar-winner Robin Lehman. Hammy the Hamster is back in a new adventure; when a boot makes its way down the river, Hammy and his friends turn it into a tiny house for the fluffy talking rodent in The Boot House (1961).  One randy pooch dreams of a lovely harem of singing bitches in the Jerry Fairbanks Speaking of Animals short In a Harem (1951). Hollywood primate Zippy the Chimp almost has his birthday party ruined by a bully, until quits monkeying around and gets revenge in Zippy's Birthday Party (1940s). From Oscar-winning Dutch director Bert Haanstra comes the docu-comedy Zoo (1962) that examines the unique behaviors of exotic wildlife (human visitors included) in a zoo.  With even more surprises in store and everything screened on 16mm film from the archive!

Date: Friday, August 7th, 2015 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

Cinema Soiree - Meet Mr. Product - Thur. Aug. 20th - 8PM

Oddball Films welcomes authors, historians and collectors Masud Husain and Warren Dotz to our Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly event featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights and films. Husain and Dotz will be in person discussing their two recent collaborations: Meet Mr. Product: Volumes 1 and 2, a smart compendium of the art of the advertising character. With smiling faces and helpful slogans, the Jolly Green Giant, Chiquita Banana, Speedy Alka-Seltzer, and countless other advertising characters have been helping us navigate the grocery aisles and choose our products for years. Husain will offer up fascinating tidbits on tons of iconic spokes-characters and little known advertising mascots, including their evolution and most interesting trivia that will surprise even the most avid collectors of advertising ephemera. Warren Dotz recently had a six month long exhibition at SFO, A World of Characters: Advertising icons from the Warren Dotz Collection; one of the most popular exhibitions at the airport ever. We'll be screening filmmaker Jan Stuhrmann's short documentary highlighting the expansive and colorful exhibit.  Oddball will be also screening dozens of Vintage Commercials from the archive, illustrating some of the characters that entice us to purchase cereal, mufflers, tuna and more!
from Mr. Product © Warren Dotz 2015

Date: Thursday, August 20th, 2015 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

Strange Sinema 90: Psychosexual with Austin filmmaker Scott Stark - Fri. July 31st - 8PM

Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema, a monthly screening of new finds, old gems and offbeat oddities from Oddball Films’ vast collection of 16mm film prints. Drawing on his archive of over 50,000 films, Oddball Films director Stephen Parr has complied his 90th program of classic, strange, and unusual films. For Strange Sinema 90: Psychosexual, Parr is collaborating with Austin filmmaker and archivist Scott Stark to curate explicit psychosexual rarities examining the underbelly of the sexual subconscious. From found films featuring subliminal messages like Fuck, Horray (sp.) to Stark’s stunning genre-breaking erotic film Noema (1998) which explores the blank, unerotic moments in pornographic films, this program promises to be a pulsating panorama of all things strange, sexual and at times stupefying! Featured films include Orange (1971) experimental filmmaker Karen Johnson’s abstract and erotic short consisting of extreme close-up shots of an orange being peeled and eaten, Memories Within Miss Aggie (1974) Gerard Damiano’s psycho-hillbilly porn trailer for a movie one critic described as being "rich with intimations of 'Psycho' and Faulkner” (!), Dragzilla (1966) featuring a trickster hot-to-trot drag queen and a beefy stove repair-man, Ego (1970), Italian animator Bruno Bozzetto unleashes this memorable psychedelic nightmare of chaos and desire as experienced through the subconscious dream state of a married man, early stag film On the Beach aka Getting His Goat (1923) where a man peeps through a knot-hole on a group of girls and they turn the tables on him-big time! Starring Creighton Hale (from D.W. Griffith’s “Way Down East”). Other oddities and hand-crafted films include Fuck Horray (1970) a anonymous highly-edited slice of subliminal sex, Feet (1970) a found roll of foot fetishism, Escalation (1968) an animated anti-war short from Academy Award-winning Di$ney animator Ward Kimball jam-packed with erotic metaphors, Friendless Faceless (1970) campy and poignant San Francisco soft-core gay film features a lovelorn young man who opts for a face change to embark on a new romantic life, and finally Speechless (2008, also by Stark) a mysterious, hallucinatory poem to the female genitals composed of 3D photographs of human vulvae animated and interwoven with surfaces and textures from natural and human-made environments. Plus preshow anomalies!


Date: Friday, July 31st, 2015 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

Futurama - A Visit to the 1964-1965 World's Fair - Thur. July 30th - 8PM

Oddball Films presents Futurama - A Visit to the 1964-1965 World's Fair, a program of vintage films about and commissioned for the New York World's Fair of 1964-1965.  This international spectacle of architecture, commerce, culture, religion and art attracted millions of visitors from around the world. Countries, religions and corporations alike sought to dazzle visitors with glorifications of the past and promises of a brighter future. Tour the fair and witness all the exciting sights and sounds of the 1964 New York World's Fair in campy travelogue To the Fair (1964) including visits to the Uni-sphere (the centerpiece of the fair), the Futurama exhibit, The Vatican pavilion, presentations from exotic countries and more in gorgeous color! From the commercial sector, Ship n' Shore Fashions wants you to see the future of machine-washable clothing with two giggling girls at the fair in Fashion Fair (1964). In Magic Skyway (1965), Ford motorcars commissioned the animatronix team from Di$neyland to create an interactive ride full of dinosaurs, neanderthals and a brief trip back in time to show the past and future of cars. The legendary Saul Bass creates a kaleidoscopic vision of air travel for United Airlines in From Here to There (1964). From the religious sector, we bring you the LDS film that was watched my millions and plays out much like a mental hygiene short, warning viewers of a life of idle and harkening them to the Mormon faith: Man's Search for Happiness (1964). View the controversial film from the Lutheran Council and visionary filmmaker Rolf Forsberg depicting Jesus as a circus clown: Parable (1964).  Early birds will get the inside scoop on the planning of the fair in World's Fair Report with Lowell Thomas (1961) which includes an interview with fair planner Robert Moses and miniature models of many of the pavilions and buildings of the fair. Plus dancing dolphins, Mel Brooks's 2,000 Year Old Man talks about the very first World's Fair and more surprises. Everything screened on 16mm film from the Oddball archive.


Date: Thursday, July 30th, 2015 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

Learn your Lesson about Puberty - A Hormonal Shockucation - Fri. July 24th - 8PM

Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Learn Your Lesson...About Puberty: A Hormonal Shockucation, the 28th in a monthly series of programs highlighting the most ridiculous, insane and camptastic educational films, mental hygiene primers and TV specials of the collection. This month, we're finally devoting a whole night to the horrible onslaught of puberty and all the awkward terror it encompasses! To start the evening, there's nothing better than Kotex and Di$ney's dreamily animated Story of Menstruation (1945).  For the first time ever, we will be distributing copies of the companion pamphlet that originally accompanied the film - Very Personally Yours  (while supplies last, so show up early!) so the whole class can follow along. Then, we'll be screening two sets of companion films that would have been originally shown in separate rooms for the boys and girls - two will be screened individually back to back and two will be screened simultaneously, side by side with live-sound mixing. Learn all about your first period and making out with smiley-faced pillows with the most awkward pubescent heroine of the 80s in Dear Diary: A Film about Female Puberty (1981). Then, for the gents; find out more about wet dreams and unexpected hard-ons than you ever wanted to know in the companion piece Am I Normal? A Film about Male Puberty (1979). Celebrity hosts Marlo Thomas and Ken Howard (and the pubescent kids they're spending the night with) will battle for your attention as we double project the uncomfortable camping trip and weenie roast of The Body Human: The Facts for Boys (1981) and the slumber party of young girls gabbing about their changing bodies, lip-syncing terribly and other girlie stuff in The Body Human: The Facts for Girls (1980). Snicker at the similarities, mock the differences, and finally get a glimpse into the other half of the class. Plus, a couple of secret surprises and more menstrutainment for the early birds, it's a great night to learn your lesson.

Date: Friday, July 24th, 2015 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

The Toys are Alive! - Thurs. July 23rd - 8PM

Oddball Films presents The Toys are Alive!, an imaginative, inspiring, and slightly creepy program of 16mm short films and animation full of antique playthings come to life. From the miniature circus of Alexander Calder to stop-motion animation and bizarre educational films, rediscover your early obsession with sentient toys.  Marvel at the childlike wonder instilled in legendary artist Alexander Calder as he plays with his miniature kinetic sculptures in Calder’s Circus (1963).  Grant Munro's anti-war short Toys (1966) brings to life your GI Joes, but as it turns out, that's not a good thing. Everyone's favorite little green buddy, Gumby gets into shenanigans with toy trucks in the original 1957 short Toy Fun.  Fall in love with Ivo Caprino's enchanting stop-motion interpretation of Hans Christian Anderson's Steadfast Tin Soldier (1955) in gorgeous Technicolor. The whole attic comes alive with discarded dolls and tchotchkes having a grand old time in the Friz Freleng cartoon The Miller's Daughter (1934). Watch out for that creepy clown puppet, because he might turn you invisible to answer the question Parents: Who Needs Them? (1973), a bizarro mental hygiene primer with terrible dubbing. Plus, two of Lajos Szabo's hilarious Lego Sports Shorts; Figure Skating (1986) featuring a rowdy ensemble of dancing penguins and the skiing bear of Downhill Skiing (1986) and a smattering of snippets and secret surprises all highlighting re-animated antique toys, dolls and playthings.


Date: Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 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

An Animated History of Everything in 10 Minutes or Less - Fri. July 17th - 8PM

Oddball Films presents An Animated History of Everything in 10 Minutes or Less, a program of 16mm animation from around the world that offers an array of abridged histories on such varied subjects as art, cinema, leisure, communication, warfare, kitties and more! The Oscar-winning Australian short Leisure (1976) mixes cell-animation and pop-art collage to make you think differently about the way you spend those off hours. Ken Rudolph takes us through the history of art in 8 pulsing minutes in Gallery (1969). From England's Halas and Batchelor studio, there's the succinct and wryly witty The History of the Cinema (1957). From the NFB, discover Bretislav Pojar's tale of the escalation of aggression and the arms race leading to global annihilation: Boom (1979). Revel in the Technicolor mermaids of the Phillips-sponsored Pan-Tele-Tron (1957), a survey of communication through the ages. 6,5,4,3,2,1 (1967) combines cell-animation and collage to create a vision on human progress from the dawn of man to the future of rocketeering. The Story of Time (1949) is a beautiful and surreal stop-motion film about the telling of time from the stone age to the "modern" stop-watch; sponsored by Rolex. Di$ney brings us Of Cats and Men (1977), the historical journey of the domestic cat from Egyptian times to his current seat atop the hearts of men and crazy cat ladies alike. Plus, Pickles (1973) legendary Italian animator Bruno Bozzetto's brilliant animated montage featuring satirical and comical treatments of some of the world’s great preoccupations: advertising, drugs, television, hunger and more. Why waste time learning when you've got Oddball to infotain you with concise cartoons!


Date: Friday, July 17th, 2015 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