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Obituary: Stephen Parr of Oddball Films Passes Away




The noted archivist and eccentric film collector has died unexpectedly, at the age of 63. He created a massive treasury of films, many of which might have become lost, and also curated quirky screenings from his repertoire, all presented with humour.

He died unexpectedly, possibly as a result of complications from Parkinson’s though details are unclear, late on the morning of Oct. 24th according to a local news site in San Francisco.

“I’m screening memories. I’m screening history. I’m memorializing it to a certain extent, reinvigorating it, giving it a new take, recontextualizing it, remixing it,” Parr says in a film about Oddball directed by Joshua Moore and shot by Matthew Rome.
He held public screenings of pieces that struck his fancy, while earning his keep as the custodian of an enormous archive for clients searching for just the right clip. They included artists, documentarians and commercial media enterprises.
That approach earned him and Oddball widespread recognition.


Oddball Films is a unique stock footage company specializing in offbeat footage. They have an extensive collection of rare, entertaining, eclectic and eye-opening subjects, as well as classic archival, historical and contemporary clips to support film projects.

Website: https://www.oddballfilms.com Article: https://missionlocal.org/2017/10/with-death-of-stephen-parr-sf-mission-loses-archivist-of-oddball-films/

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