LES BLANK films TONIGHT (fri) at CineFamily in L.A. Fairfax district

Friday, March 14th @ 7:30pm
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LES BLANK’S FOOD FILMS

Les Blank Program Two:

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
The most unlikely inspirational film ever made documented the results of a bet between iconic German filmmaker Werner Herzog (subject of Blank’s classic 1982 documentary Burden of Dreams) and his student, Errol Morris (he’s since fulfilled Herzog’s prophecy tenfold, becoming the quirky visionary documentarian responsible for Fast, Cheap & Out of Control and The Fog of War). The Cinefamily would like to confirm that, yes, the time has come for you, finally, to watch Werner Herzog eat an entire shoe, because life is short, and it is marvelous, and a fancy chef cooked the shoe in duck fat first.
Directed by Les Blank, 1980, 20 min

A Well-Spent Life
Blank’s perfectly sweet, laconic portrait of genius bluesman Mance Lipscomb is one of the director’s most satisfying morsels: his lens alternates, with stunning care, between slices of the guitarist’s unmatched musical skill and pastoral philosophies, and his marvelously funny, gentle home life. Come see why there’s no question as to what made this Kurt Vonnegut’s all-time favorite film. Directed by Les Blank, 1972, 44 min

Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers
Worshipers of the stinking rose couldn’t dream of a more sacred celluloid altar to the olfactory and gustatory beauty (or maybe just… undeniable power) of everyone’s favorite vampire-repellant. Those who scour the internet for hot food-on-food action will revel at Blank’s joyous homage to the colorful culture that surrounds culinary rapture.
Directed by Les Blank, 1980, 51 min

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I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.

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