We’ve spent many nights watching strange film collections at Oddball Films, the massive film warehouse located on the 3rd floor of an old building in the Mission. Stephen Parr, the founder and archivist at Oddball, would curate specially themed nights of obscure 16mm films and play them for 30-40 lucky attendees. The space was hot, the seats were uncomfortable, and the films often felt like they were falling apart in front of you. It was magical.
You’d spend the night watching retro-futuristic films about robots, or experimental animation, or 1960s films about the future of music. The shows were well curated and you’d rarely see the same film twice.
We always knew it was a special place, so we cherished each visit as if it were our last. We figured the rents would go up, or the film might catch fire, but we were saddened to hear that it was Stephen himself that would no longer be with us. He passed away on October 24th. We hope the space can continue to run without him. If it does, promise me you’ll try to attend one of their Oddball Film nights. It was truly the home of some of my favorite Mission memories.
I haven’t gotten much work done on personal projects lately, but Christine and I had another packed weekend in San Francisco that I thought was worth sharing. (for anyone reading this via RSS, you might be missing the embedded videos)
Church of 8 Wheels:
We rolled into the weekend with a night of skating at the Church Of 8 Wheels on Fillmore St. We’ve been to several of their other skate nights at CellSpace and the Women’s Building, but this was our first time at this newer location. It’s the perfect place to skate. Great floors, surprisingly big, and deliciously sacrilegious. Sacrilicious?
Update: I just found out that I won the placemat coloring contest. I didn’t even know it was a contest 🙂 So I guess my placemat (and others?) will be hanging on display at WesBurger for a bit.
I’m a big fan of WesBurger N’ More, the fantastic burger shop near Mission and 19th st in San Francisco. The place has a great look to it and the burgers are terrific. On our last visit, I was stoked discover a stack of activity sheets that were custom designed by Jeremy Fish, one of my favorite local artists.
I grabbed a sheet and some crayons and did some coloring before our burgers arrived. I had so much fun that I took the sheet home and added some cheap watercolors to it. These are the results:
I had a chance to meet up with Travis Nichols, a local artist and game designer, and chat about some of his newest projects. Travis’s Heckadeck is a crazy new twist on a deck of cards, with extra suits and cards added to inspire new games or creative versions of existing games. His newest project is a series of pocket books created with mismatched recycled papers. The hardest part of starting a new sketch book for me is being intimidated by a bunch of clean white pages. I often feel like I’m about to ruin something. That’s why I love using sketch books that already have images or marks in them.
Watch my interview with Travis about the Heckadeck and More Lies Pocket Books: