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A Tribute to Les Blank

July 28th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Les and Parrot
The Ullage Group is pleased to present a memorial screening of Les Blank’s short films. Sadly, Les died of bladder cancer this past April, leaving behind an astonishing film legacy that has been largely unseen due to the unconventional length and subject matter of his films. Harrod Blank will also be present to discuss his father’s work and their unusual relationship. The following films will be screened with numerous breaks for beer. 
God Respects us When We Work,  But Loves Us When We Dance 1968 20min. (A film about the psychedelic LA “Love-in” of 1967) 
Hot Pepper 1973 54min. (a film about Zydeco king Clifton Chenier)
Stoney Knows How 1981 29 min. (a portrait of master dwarf tattoo artist Stoney Sinclair)
Marc and Ann 1991 27 min. (A film about Cajun musicians Marc and Ann Savoy)
Cigarette Blues 1985 6 min. (an anti-smoking film with Sonny Rhodes)
**As an added bonus we will also be screening Pohaku a new short film by David Silberberg about the making of a ukulele and “Get by on Your Wits” a 5 min scene with Les from Oh My God it’s Harrod Blank by David Silberberg. David is a filmmaker and long time sound man for Les.                 
When: 3 pm, August 11th, 2013

Where: Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia St., Brooklyn NY 11231.

For directions to The Jalopy Theatre visit

Admission will be 10$ and all the proceeds will go to The Les Blank Legacy.

Posted by Anthony Matt



Tags: Music · Ukulele

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mamie // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Sweet, sweet picture!

  • 2 Anthony // Jul 29, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    It is a great photo of Les. I believe it was taken when he was in the Amazon filming Burden of Dreams.

  • 3 Win // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    This sounds like a great event. Like a lot of people, I know Les Blank mainly because of Burden of Dreams, his documentary about the making of Fitzcarraldo. Burden of Dreams and Eleanor Coppola’s Hearts of Darkness were the two best documentaries about the making of a movie ever made – in both cases the subject was an insane, hubristic fiasco mostly played out in a tropical jungle. Anyway, I recently read Werner Herzog’s Conquest of the Useless, his journal of the making of Fitzcarraldo and I flipped through it again this morning to see if it said anything about Blank’s presence on the project worth sharing here. Alas there are only a few passing mentions. One records the fact that film technicians advised Blank to retain legal representation to sue the barber who gave him the haircut he went for in a tiny town in Peru. The other notes that local Michiguanga women one day showed up with strips of 16 mm film woven into their hair, a gauge of film that could only have come from Les Blank…

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