News from the Archive - Recent Projects


Oddball Films is letting you in on some of our most recent stock footage projects in film, television, commercials and more.  Recent highlights include providing offbeat footage for the credits for the Emmy nominated series Transparent, The New York Times, Ray Donovan as well as the documentary series OJ: Made in America and We've Been Around about transgender trailblazers. We also did research for Jim Jarmusch’s Iggy Pop documentary Gimme Danger, retro-tech for Danny Boyle’s Academy Award nominated Steve Jobs. And wouldn’t you know it?  They came to us when they wanted some 70s smut for The Nice Guys, Ryan Gosling’s latest movie! 

The 1940s and the Rise of the American Woman - Thur. Sep 29th - 8PM

Oddball Films presents The 1940s and the Rise of the American Woman, a riveting night of 16mm films from the 1940s featuring the flood of women out of the home and into the workplace, the cockpit, the wrestling ring, leading the band, getting behind the camera, and into the modern era. The collection kicks off with Woman Speaks (1940s), a rare and fascinating series profiling pioneering ladies of the 1940s. Katherine Hepburn heralds the rise of women in the workplace during WWII in the Eleanor Roosevelt penned Women in Defense (1941). Meet the women who worked in the wartime defense factories in an excerpt of The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980).  Sign up for the coast guard and free a man for combat in the propaganda recruitment film Coast Guard Spars (1942). Take to the skies with a pre-pubescent pilot, Deborah Gubbins in the Popular Person Oddity: Pigtail Pilot (1944). Two fierce fighting dames duke it out for the women's wrestling world championship in Lipstick and Dynamite (1948). Maya Deren - the grandmother of avant-garde film - forever altered the landscape of cinema; her breathtaking and pulsating piece: A Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946) transforms representational performance art into abstract, non-narrative filmmaking through intersecting currents of subconscious, parallel realities. Watch out boys, the ladies bowling champ Tillie Taylor is tearing up the lanes, now would be a good time to fat-shame another woman trying to knock down a few pins in Splits, Spares and Strikes (1941). The ladies also took over the bandstand, evidenced by the endlessly entertaining Big Band Soundie Feed the Kitty (1942) featuring Rita Rio and her Maids of Melody and Ina Hutton's Girl Time (1947) showcasing dancing, singing, marimba player virtuosos and a standout performance from Nellie Lutcher. Plus, burlesque queen Sally Rand performs her legendary Bubble Dance (1942) and more surprises from our massive stock footage film archive.

 
Date:
 Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilms.com or (415) 558-8117
Web: http://oddballfilms.blogspot.com

Schoolhouse Schlock! - Insane Educational Shorts from the Archive - Fri. Sep. 30th - 8PM

Oddball Films presents Schoolhouse Schlock!, a ridiculous night of campy, trashy, antiquated, bizarre, and hilarious 16mm educational films from the archive. From the 1940s-1980s, with creepy puppets, evangelical batmobiles, children dancing like toasters, outdated science, and musical numbers galore, it's the best (and worst) educational film has to offer! School kids are forced to act out household appliances in a sad attempt at physical education in Perc! Pop! Sprinkle! (1969). Encyclopedia Britannica teaches you to wash your hair once a week and give yourself a good rubdown with a towel in Keeping Neat and Clean (1956). Science has come a long way since the 1940s, see just how far in two antiquated science shorts: Blind as a Bat (1955) from the evangelical Christian science organization The Moody Institute of Science and Magnetism (1947) as Dick and Jane explore magnets. A disgusting puppet named Trezlar tags along with an artist and learns all about rainbows, prisms, and Light (1980). Schoolhouse Rock brings us the much sampled musical favorite 3 Is The Magic Number (1973). Crash, Bang, Boom (1970), an early seventies oddity, proved that “school” plus “band” could add up to "far out". Learn about basic nutrition with a gaggle of creepy singing children in the campy classroom primer The Eating, Feel Good Movie (1974). More angry little monsters sing about their anger issues in another mini educational musical I'm Mad at Me (1974) from the Feelings series. Woody Allen and the Hot Dog gang weigh in on that age old question: How Do They Make Playing Cards? (1970). Plus, a strange trip to the school nurse: How Awful (1972) and more terrible surprises for the early arrivals. Everything screened on 16mm film from and in our massive stock footage archive.



Date: Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilms.com or (415) 558-8117
Web: http://oddballfilms.blogspot.com

Marc Huestis’ Notes from the Underground Archives: How a Tacky 50's Educational Film Found In a Trashcan Jump Started My Film Career - Tues. Oct. 4th - 12PM

Oddball Films would like to invite you to our new Seasonal Seminar Series. We'll be opening the vaults of our incredibly unique stock footage company and film archive and inviting intriguing professional personalities to share their unique insights in various realms of cinema for filmmakers, post-production professionals and students inside San Francisco’s strangest film archive and microcinema.   Our first guest, Marc Huestis is a cultural institution and a living local legend.  An award-winning filmmaker, festival organizer, and presenter, Huestis is a larger than life camp icon. He will be on Oddball’s cine-stage divulging his dirty secrets of underground filmmaking centered around his cult masterpiece Whatever Happened to Susan Jane? (1982). The film utilizes the 1950s social guidance film The Outsider to hilarious effect in its flash back sequences, recontextualizing the didactic mental hygiene short into a campy nostalgia-fest. It's also an opportunity for students and professionals to tour a working film archive and to see the ins and outs of the exciting world of stock footage, film restoration, digitization and screening. This warehouse of celluloid delights is the home to over 50,000 tins of actual, tactile film, from 8mm to 16mm to 35mm; from feature films to educational shorts, military training films, antique erotica, ephemeral films, ethnographic pieces, commercials, and animation. Oddball Films has provided unique stock footage for projects like Transparent, Going Clear, Behind the Candelabra, Milk, Mythbusters, Boing Boing, and more commercials, documentaries, music video, feature films and television worldwide. In today's world of digital media, most college students won't even remember film as a medium, despite its long and glorious history and its potential to survive long beyond any digital media type. This is a chance to re-instill a love of the original moving picture format in the next generation of media makers, as well as demonstrate one of the many facets of the production world that often goes unnoticed.


Tuesday, October 4th 2016
Tour and lunch at 12, talk and Q+A at 1PM, light lunch provided
$15.00, limited seating RSVP to info@oddballfilms.com
Oddball Films, 275 Capp st. San Francisco, CA 94110

Cinema Soiree - San Francisco's Wild History Groove with Mary Kerr - Thur. Oct. 6th - 8PM

Oddball Films welcomes documentary producer/director Mary Kerr for our Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly soiree featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights. Kerr will be presenting her documentary San Francisco's Wild History Groove - a look into the untold stories of the Bay Area's Beat scene and unsung artists. The film is a “wild” history of the 50s underground art and poetry scene in California. These individuals produced unusual art as well as spirited poetry, unique to the West Coast. Their mantra was "don't sell out"--no compromising for money or recognition. They took risks, exploring new directions in their work and in the way they lived their lives. This documentary shows the viewer how and why it happened. It brings insight into what developed in San Francisco among these Beat Era rebels. To foreground this fascinating documentary, we'll be screening several 16mm Beat Era rarities from of the archive including the Oscar nominated absurd Beat rhapsody Help My Snowman is Burning Down! (1964) and The Interview (1960) - the hilarious animation from Ernie Pintoff and Lenny Bruce and featuring fictional horn-playing hep-cat Shorty Petterson as he gives a truly bizarre interview. Also screening are excerpts of the incredibly rare documentary USA Poetry: Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1969) with poetry readings filmed at City Lights Bookstore.


Date:
 Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilms.com or (415) 558-8117
Web: http://oddballfilms.blogspot.com

Oddball in the Press

People love to talk about us! From the Huffington Post to the SF Weekly, our massive collection and unique screenings have impressed, baffled, and inspired folks all over the world. Read what they're saying about the country's strangest film archive. 


The Menstrual Show: A Puberty Pajama Party - Fri. Sep. 23rd - 8PM

Oddball Films presents The Menstrual Show: A Puberty Pajama Party. It's a night of hilarious and uncomfortable 16mm menstrucational short films from the buttoned-up 1940s through the frank and awkward 1980s - handpicked from our massive stock footage archive. Linda's Film on Menstruation (1974) features two clueless teens trying to figure out about the monthly cycle through cartoons, sports announcers, and game shows.  Stay out of the water, choose your packet of sanitary napkins, and rub yourself with cold cream in the very British puberty primer Growing Girls (1951). Dance along with a large-headed and footless cartoon girl as she learns about the physical and mental aspects of her monthly visitor in Di$ney's notorious Story of Menstruation (1945). 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). Join Marlo Thomas and a 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). Come early to see Canadian women talk openly aboot the taboo subject of menstrual pain in Cramps! (1982). Plus, a couple of secret surprises and more menstrutainment for the early birds. Come in full pajamas for $2.00 off admission!

Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 ($8.00 for those in pajamas), Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117
Web: http://oddballfilms.blogspot.com