Best of Blank: Les Blank Film Month Starts Tonight at Fort Houston




Exciting news for fans of the late, great Les Blank and the ethnographic, folkloric, and generally underexposed cabinet of curiosities he documented throughout his prolific career: Fort Houston and the Nashville Folk + Free Skool are presenting a handful of Blank's films on 16mm prints throughout the month of October.

The screenings start at 7 p.m. tonight at Fort Houston, where the short films Sun's Gonna Shine and The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins will screen followed by a post-film Q&A with Southern studies scholar Evan Hatch of Murfreesboro and musician/theologian Dave Perkins of Vanderbilt Divinity School. A donation of $5 is suggested.

Information on the Oct. 16 & 23 screenings after the jump:

• Wednesday, October 16th
DRY WOOD (1973, 37 min.)
"A fascinating look at black Creole life in French Louisiana, held together by the wild, insistent music of Bois-Sec Ardoin and Canray Fontenot."

HOT PEPPER (1973, 54 min.)
"Thrilling musical portrait of Zydeco King Clifton Chenier, who combines the pulsating rhythms of Cajun dance music and black R&B with African overtones, belting out his irresistible music in the sweaty juke joints of South Louisiana."

Post-film Q+A with archivist John Fabke of MTSU’s Center for Popular Music and Nashville music journalist Ron Wynn.

• Wednesday, October 23rd
SPEND IT ALL (1971, 41 min.)
"A rich portrayal of the lives and music of the French-speaking Cajuns of Louisiana, featuring the Balfa Brothers, Marc Savoy and Nathan Abshire."

A WELL SPENT LIFE (1972, 44 min.)
"First discovered in 1960, Texas blues musician and songster Mance Lipscomb spent most of his life working as a sharecropper. Filmed in his hometown of Navasota, Lipscomb recounts stories of his life and plays his music."

Post-film Q+A with blues scholar and guitarist Jake Fussell of Oxford, Miss.

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