Les Blank (1935–2013)

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Born in 1935 in Tampa, Florida, Les Blank attended Tulane University in New Orleans, where he received a B.A. in English literature and an M.F.A. in theatre. In 1967, after two years in the Ph.D. film program at the University of Southern California, and five years of freelancing in Los Angeles, he began his first independent films, on Texas blues ... See full bio »

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Burden of Dreams Cinematographer
In Heaven There Is No Beer? Cinematographer


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 2019 Tattoo Uprising (Documentary)
 2015 Thailand Moment (Documentary short)
 2008 Oh My God! It's Harrod Blank! (Documentary)
 2007 All in This Tea (Documentary)
 2006 Lagniappe (Documentary short)
 2005 Smitten (Documentary short)
 2005 The Maestro Rides Again! (Documentary short)
 1992 Wild Wheels (Documentary) (cinematography)
 1991 Innocents Abroad (Documentary)
 1991 Julie: Old Time Tales of the Blue Ridge (Documentary short)
 1989 I Went to the Dance (Documentary)
 1987 Gap-Toothed Women (Short documentary)
 1985 Cigarette Blues (Short documentary)
 1984 Roots of Rhythm (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Across the Ocean (1984)
 1984 In Heaven There Is No Beer? (Documentary)
 1983 Sprout Wings and Fly (Documentary short)
 1982 Burden of Dreams (Documentary) (photographed by)
 1981 Stoney Knows How (Documentary short)
 1980 Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (Documentary)
 1980 Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (Documentary short)
 1979 Poto and Cabengo (Documentary)
 1978 Always for Pleasure (Documentary)
 1977 Love It Like a Fool (Short)
 1976 Chulas Fronteras (Documentary)
 1974 A Poem Is a Naked Person (Documentary)
 1973 Hot Pepper (Documentary)
 1973 Dry Wood (Documentary short)
 1972 Spend It All (Documentary short)
 1971 A Well-Spent Life (Documentary short)
 1970 Chicken Real (Documentary short)
 1970 The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins (Documentary short)
 1969 Lightnin' Les (Documentary short) (uncredited)
 1969 Mr. Charlie, Your Rollin' Mill Is Burnin' Down (Documentary short) (uncredited)
 1967 Christopher Tree (Documentary short)
 1967 A Nation of Immigrants (TV Movie documentary)
 1965 Dizzy Gillespie (Documentary short)
 1964 Pleasure Faire (Documentary short)
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I get so wrapped up in trying to tell the story as well as I can to get the best possible points of view and show the culture, that I let that be my main force of action, and leave everything else behind. I tend to get over my self-consciousness: I might have a beer or two with people, especially if they're sympathetic. See more »


He has directed two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Chulas Fronteras (1976) and Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980). See more »

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