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NXT Rockumentary Film Series: A Poem Is a Naked Person (1974)

June 14, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Next Stage Arts
15 Kimball Hill
Putney, VT 05346
$10 suggested donation
Next Stage Arts

Les Blank considered this free-form feature documentary about beloved singer-songwriter Leon Russell, filmed between 1972 and 1974, to be one of his greatest accomplishments. Yet it was not publicly released until 2015, after Blank’s death. Hired by Russell to film him at his recording studio in northeast Oklahoma, Blank ended up constructing a unique, intimate portrait of a musician and his environment. Made up of mesmerizing scenes of Russell and his band performing, both in concert and in the studio, as well as off-the-cuff moments behind the scenes, this singular film—which also features performances by Willie Nelson and George Jones—has attained legendary status over the years. It’s a work of rough beauty that serves as testament to Blank’s cinematic daring and Russell’s immense musical talents.

This screening includes a specially filmed introduction by Harold Blank, the son of director Les Blank. Harold was instrumental in editing the footage and gaining permissions from Leon Russell for the final cut (released after his father passed away).

Co-presented with Next Chapter Records and Epsilon Spires.