Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present Learn Your Lesson...To Death - A Horrifying Shockucation, the eighth in a series of programs highlighting the most ridiculous, insane and camptastic shockucational films and TV specials of the collection. This month, we're getting a little morbid for the month of Halloween with a deadly collection of shocking shorts and cartoons. Officers learn about using deadly force in the police training film Shoot, Don’t Shoot II (1972) and adorable cartoon bunny rabbits teach us about the Death Penalty and racial inequality in the justice system in The Punishment Fits the Crime (1972). A little jewish boy learns about loss and sitting shiva in The Day Grandpa Died (1970). Sid Davis, master of the shock safety film traces back the causes of one reckless boy's senseless death in What Made Sammy Speed? (1957). Gracie Barrie sings about justifiable homicide in Stone Cold Dead in the Market (1946) to teach you boys not to stray. In Ghost Rider (1982) the new boy just made a friend on the school bus, but why is he the only one that sees her and what lessons can he learn from this mysterious girl? Plus! Horrific excerpts from heroin scare film Dead is Dead and with even more snippets, surprises and early bird specials, this is one event you'll just die if you miss!
Date: Friday, October 11th, 2013 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to [email protected]
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Shoot, Don’t Shoot II (Color, 1973)
This surprising police training film presents various heated scenarios under which an officer of the law may or may not be warranted in deploying his or her service revolver. While insightful in its subtle analyses of the situations at hand, this educational film attempts to prepare cops for the worst (not to mention the weirdest), which, one has to admit, makes for extremely entertaining viewing. A few examples of the sensationally staged scenarios: a shotgun-toting suicidal man knelt by a river, wildly contemplating the end before a group of gawking onlookers; two dope-smoking toughies who retreat to their mobile home when pursued by an out-of-shape officer; a jewel thief with a vial of dangerous chemicals.
Stone Cold Dead in the Market (B&W, 1946)
Big Band leader and 1930’s Broadway starlet Gracie Barrie sings a lovely little ditty about a wife’s revenge on her cheating husband. This is the original Rhianna “Man Down.”
The Day Grandpa Died (Color, 1970)
Come along as a little Jewish boy learns about death and remembrance when his beloved grandfather takes his final breaths. As his family mourns and sits shiva, he remembers all the great yarmulked times they had together in his long and contented life.
The Punishment Fits the Crime (Color, 1972)
Adorable bunny rabbits tackle the issue of racial inequality within the criminal justice system, in a fuzzy, light-hearted kind of way. With the outbreak of bunny-on-bunny violence, you will never think of bunnies in the same way again. With artwork by children’s illustrator, Steven Kellogg.
What Made Sammy Speed? (Color, 1957)
Automobile accidents in stunning Eastman color with great southern California street scenes and 1950s cars. A teen-age driver, Sammy Robertson, is killed in a traffic accident as a result of speed. This film explains the steps leading up to the accident: background, attitude, and reasons for poor driving.
Ghost Rider (Color, 1982)
This school bus safety film has developed a cult following for its unusual (for an educational film) supernatural/love interest plot: Kevin (Doug Edmunds) is the sad and lonely new kid in town. After enduring his first day of junior high school, Kevin is befriended on the bus ride home by a sweet girl (Wendy Taylor) who offers him a sympathetic ear. She drops her pencil and Kevin picks it up, only to find that the girl has vanished. Her name is inscribed on the pencil – Tracy Donnelly.
The next time Kevin sees Tracy on the bus, she gives him a bus safety manual and begs him to read it. The other kids wonder who he’s talking to. Then Kevin finds out that Tracy is a ghost. She died in a bus accident, and what’s more, she used to live in the same house as Kevin…
Trivia: Actor Doug Edmunds went on to co-found the 90s powerpop band the Gladhands.
Dead Is Dead (Color, 1973, excerpt)
This one’s the real deal- produced and hosted by comedian/actor Godfrey Cambridge, Dead Is Dead has some of the most harrowing footage of heroin withdrawal ever filmed and the cold, hard facts of the exceedingly unglamorous world of heroin addiction. A scare film that really scares!
Kat Shuchter is a graduate of UC Berkeley in Film Studies. She is a filmmaker, artist and esoteric ephemera hoarder. She has helped program shows at the PFA, The Nuart and The Cinefamily 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.