If you live in the Boston area and love documentary, you will not want to miss An Evening with Les Blank on Wednesday, August 8, 2007 from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. in the Bartos Theater at the MIT Media Laboratory (directions). Les Blank is one of America’s most important documentary filmmakers and we’re very lucky that he’ll be in Boston to screen two of his classic films, “The Blues According to Lightnin’ Hopkins” and “Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe,” as well as a sneak-preview of his work in progress, “A Portrait of Richard Leacock,” in which Les Blank turns his lens onto a fellow documentary filmmaking legend. Blank will also discuss his years as a documentary filmmaker. You will not want to miss this rare opportunity to meet Les Blank. Advanced tickets are strongly recommended for this event.
The event was well-attended, thanks to some wonderful press from the Metro and Boston Globe. A Portrait of Ricky Leacock proved to be a fascinating glimpse of a legendary filmmaker, captured over several times that Les has seen Ricky over the years. It was a delight to see old favorites like The Blues According to Lightin’ Hopkins and Wener Herzog Eats his Shoe.