The Undiscovered Les Blank
Introduction and discussion with Blank
Friday, June 24, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
Includes the following films:
1963/64. USA. Directed by Terry Nowak. This early film focuses on the famous Southern California Renaissance fair with Blank as cameraman and is shot in sensuous detail on a 16mm Bell & Howell camera. 15 min.
Running Around Like a Chicken with Its Head Cut Off
1960. USA. Directed Les Blank, Gail Blank, Pieter Van Deusen. 4 min.
1963&ndash64. USA. Directed by Terry Nowak. This early film on the famous Southern California Renaissance fair, with Les Blank as cameraman, is shot in sensuous detail on a 16mm Bell & Howell camera. 15 min.
How to Smell a Rose
2011. USA. Directed by Les Blank, Gina Leibrecht. Renowned direct cinema filmmaker Ricky Leacock discusses his career in filmmaking from early hand-held cameras to digital media, dispensing wisdom about the creative process. Work-in-progress: 16 min.
2011. USA. Directed by Les Blank. Painter/sculptor Butch Anthony lives in rural Alabama, searching streams and combing dumps for artifacts to use in creating his original artworks. Anthony also teaches his "hogwire" technique to architecture students. Excerpt from a work in progress. 20 min.
Good Morning Aztlan
2011. USA. Directed by Les Blank, Maureen Gosling. A Pair of music videos featuring Los Cenzontles, a band and art center founded by guitarist Eugene Rodrigues in San Pablo, California, to focus on the rights of Chicanos. 4 min.
State of Shame
2011. USA. Directed by Les Blank, Maureen Gosling. 4 min.
1964. USA. Directed by Les Blank. Rare footage of jazz trumpeter Gillespie talking about and playing his music. 20 min.