The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins (1969)


The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins (1969) Buy DVD For Home Use Kanopy Edu Streaming Alexander Street Edu Streaming Note: For educational sales, public performance, and nontheatrical rights, please contact Jon Mulvaney at Criterion The great Texas bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins is captured brilliantly in this deeply moving film. Blank reveals Lightnin's inspiration, [...]

Thailand Moment (1967-2015)

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Thailand Moment (1967/2015) Buy DVD In 1967 Les Blank and Skip Gerson were hired to work in Thailand on a documentary about the B52 Bomber and its use in bombing campaigns over Vietnam. The producer had difficulty getting permission from the Thai government allowing the filmmakers access to the [...]

God Respects Us When We Work, But Loves Us When We Dance (1968)


God Respects Us When We Work, But Loves Us When We Dance (1968) Buy Alone DVD Buy On Six Short Films DVD   Hippies and flower children dance and create rituals at the historic Los Angeles “Love-In” of Easter Sunday, 1967. This ’60s classic documents a once-in a lifetime [...]

Six Short Films of Les Blank (1960-1985)

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Six Short Films of Les Blank (1960-1985) Buy DVD Kanopy Educational Streaming Anthology of six short films, including: Dizzy Gillespie Chicken Real Cigarette Blues God Respects Us When We Work, But Loves Us When We Dance Running Around Like A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off The Sun’s Gonna Shine For individual descriptions, [...]

Les Blank’s Student Films – 1960/1962


Les Blank's Student Films - 1960/1962 Buy DVD   Les Blank attended USC School of Cinematic Arts and pursued a Ph.D. in Communications. These student films, made in the years 1960-1962, represent his initial interest in making narrative films. Three of the films feature his wife at the time, Gail Blank, and he [...]

Running Around Like A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off (1960)


Running Around Like A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off (1960) Buy On Six Short Films DVD Buy On Student Films DVD   Educational Streaming Les Blank’s first student film, starring Gail Blank, Pieter Van Deusen and Les himself. This short pays hommage to Ingmar Bergman’s Seventh Seal, the film that inspired Blank to [...]

Christopher Tree (1967)


Christopher Tree (1967) Buy DVD For Home Or Educational Kanopy Educational Streaming This film, photographed and edited by Les Blank, (produced and directed by Pieter Van Deusen) documents a spontaneously improvised concert by musician Christopher Tree. With his one-man orchestra, including 40 Tibetan temple gongs, flutes, tympani and wind chimes, Christopher Tree whirls [...]

The Sun’s Gonna Shine (1969)


The Sun’s Gonna Shine (1969) Buy On Lightnin' Hopkins DVD   Buy On Six Short Films DVD   Educational Streaming   A lyrical recreation of Lightnin’ Hopkins’ decision at age eight to stop chopping cotton and start singing for a living. Folklorist/Ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax called Blank’s stunning and elegiac short [...]

Dizzie Gillespie (1964)


Dizzy Gillespie (1964) Buy On Six Short Films DVD Educational Streaming This is Les Blank’s earliest music film, focusing on the renown trumpet player, Dizzy Gillespie, who along with Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Sonny Rollins and others sparked the change from traditional Jazz to “Bebop” in mid 1940s America. The film includes rare images [...]

Pleasure Faire (1963-64)


Pleasure Faire (1963-64) Buy DVD For Home or Educational Kanopy Educational Streaming Directed by Terry Nowak. This early film about the Southern California Renaissance Fair, with Les Blank as cameraman, is shot in sensuous detail on a 16mm Bell & Howell camera. It is apparent in this early work that Blank was already [...]

Seven Second Love Affair (1965)


Seven Second Love Affair (1965) Buy DVD   Les Blank’s first documentary photography job shooting Drag Racers in Long Beach, CA, driving everything from hopped up “Mercs” to Supercharged “Rail Dragsters”. These cars could accelerate to over 220 miles/hour in a mile. The film follows the life of Rick “The Iceman” Stewart as he [...]

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