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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:

  • Dizzy Gillespie

    1964. USA. Directed by Les Blank. Rare footage of jazz trumpeter Gillespie talking about and playing his music. 20 min.

  • State of Shame

    2011. USA. Directed by Les Blank, Maureen Gosling. 4 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.

  • Butch Anthony

    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.

  • 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.

  • Pleasure Faire

    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.

  • Running Around Like a Chicken with Its Head Cut Off

    1960. USA. Directed Les Blank, Gail Blank, Pieter Van Deusen. 4 min.

  • Pleasure Faire

    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.

Program 65 min.

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