United States 2015, 90 min, English, Hebrew & English subtitles

This film tries to unravel the mystery of country and folk legend Leon Russell, who switched from being an anguished prophet to a silver-haired satyr in the blink of an eye. Although it was made in 1974, Les Blank’s film is only being released now. It offers a glimpse into a frozen moment in time, to a world already on the verge of extinction. Blank followed Russell and his entourage from his recording studio in Oklahoma to shows across the United States, capturing encounters with eccentric individuals, breathtaking landscapes, famous musicians (from Doris Day and Barbra Streisand to Bob Dylan and BB King). The result is a legendary account of times past, of places where people made music, but also grabbed geese, handled snakes, talked philosophy, and danced naked in the forest.

Previous Festivals: IDFA

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Director & Cinematography: Les Blank
Production: Denny Cordell, Leon Russell, Les Blank Films, Executive Producer: Harrod Blank
Production Company: Les Blank Films, Harrod Blank
Editing: Les Blank, Sound By Maureen Gosling
Soundtrack & Music: Leon Russell
World Sales: Harrod Blank (excentrix@aol.com)

CV

1968 - The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins
1980 - Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers
1982 - Burden of Dreams
2007 - All In This Tea
2014 - How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock in Normandy
1974/2015 - A Poem Is A Naked Person