Les Blank – Filmmaker

Les Blank, documentary filmmaker passed away on Sunday at the age of 77. Blank may be best know for his 1982 film “Burden of Dreams” a film about the making of  Werner Herzog’s film Fitzcarraldo. Blank was the featured guest of the James River Film Festival in 2001 and some of my favorite’s are “Gap-Toothed Women,” and “Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers.”

At Blank’s website there is a page of previews for all of his films, including the 1991 “Marc and Ann” about Cajun musicians Marc and Ann Savoy. Ann has her roots in Richmond.

Here is an article about Blank from the San Francisco Chronicle and an interview with Blank on the You Tube channel B.Y.O.D, Bring Your Own Documentary. 

Les Blank ~ November 27, 1935 – April 7, 2013

“Daily those who have inspired us pass away, I only hope that those being born today will one day be inspired by us.” ~ Kozmicdogz

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