Buggin’ Out: Crawly Vintage 16mm Films & Live Insect Show | SF
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Oddball Films | 275 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA
With vintage insecticide commercials, creepy-crawly trailers, free gummi-worms and tons of other surprises including a special appearance by the Bay Area’s award winning Insect Discovery Lab, visit with Giant African millipedes, Australian walking sticks, giant thorny phasmids, and eastern lubber grasshoppers and a few mystery guests , this is one night that will leave you itching for more.
From mesmerizing nature films to charming cartoons from around the world to kitschy educational primers, we take this night to celebrate all things buggy.
- Watch the rare and delightful Ferda the Ant (1941), a Czech puppet-animation sporting the first wire-framed creatures on film.
- Merrie Melodies brings us Bug Parade (1941), replete with countless sight gags about a bevy of cartoon bugs.
- View the beauty and intricacies of the beehive while it’s projected 10 feet high in Bees: Backyard Science (1978) and marvel at the incredible metamorphosis of lepidotera in The Monarch Butterfly Story (1987).
- The Japanese bring us the cutest dancing bug party ever, in the trippy stop-motion version of the Aesop’s Fable The Ant and the Grasshopper (1967).
- Marvel at the ferocity of tiny adversaries when termites square off against hungry ants in The Battle of the Centuries (1932).
- Get ready for the itchy-kitschy Lice are not Nice (1985), a hilarious classroom primer on that playground scourge, head-lice. Meet the fly’s worst nightmare in Carnivorous Plants (1965).