It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Les Blank has changed the ways in which we gather knowledge, understand movies and even celebrate life itself. Throughout the years, Blank’s films have best been known to champion aspects of the world that reveal sheer enjoyment. His focuses on music, food, art and culture valorize people who appreciate the world. His body of work is not only impressive but can stand in for a guide to how to live well. In this program we are excited to present rarely seen works from Blank’s early filmmaking years.In collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, we present several newly restored films all directed by Blank and on 16mm. For the first time on the west coast, we screen the restored print of Spend it All (1972), a documentary quintessential of Blank's approach. The film celebrates the vitality of the Cajun lifestyle, paying special attention to the food, music and humor of the culture. Additionally, we will have world premieres of the restorations of the rarely seen films Chicken Real (1970, 23 min) and Christopher Tree (aka Spontaneous Sound, 1972, 10 min). All films restored by the Academy Film Archive.
This is a Cinema by the Bay Film.