Filmmaker Les Blank dies at 77

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The New York Times reports that filmmaker Les Blank died Sunday at his California home. Blank attended Tulane University.

Among Blank's many excellent documentaries are several about New Orleans and Louisiana cultural subjects, including Always for Pleasure about New Orleans' second line parades (some interview and a clip above) and Hot Pepper about Clifton Chenier and J'ai Été Au Bal / I Went to the Dance about Cajun and zydeco music. He also made a great film (A Poem is a Naked Person) about Leon Russell which was never released and was only screened under strict limitations. Other notable films include A Well Spent Life about Texas guitarist Mance Lipscomb. In recent years, Blank presented his films locally at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and Ponderosa Stomp.

There are Gambit interviews with Blank here about Hot Pepper and here about several films.

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