BAMcinemaFest to Include Free Outdoor Screenings of 3 Les Blank Films


Three films by documentarian Les Blank—who sadly passed away last year at the age of 77—will screen for free during this year’s BAMcinemaFest in Brooklyn Bridge Park on June 19th.

The short series, entitled “Yum, Yum, Yum!”, includes Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (Blank’s documentary love letter to garlic), The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins (a musical portrait of the eponymous blues musician), and Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (Blank’s documentary about filmmaker Werner Herzog, well, eating his shoe).

Tasty snacks will be provided by Smorgasburg starting at 7pm and live music will kick off at 8pm. The screenings will begin at sundown.

The three-film set will act as a precursor to a larger Les Blank retrospective that will take place at BAMcinématek later this year. No details on that have been announced, but we’ll let you know any information once it’s released.

For more information about the incredible lineup for this year’s BAMcinemaFest, click here.

Also, if you can’t make it out to Brooklyn on the 19th next month, you can always just stream the three films on Criterion’s Hulu Plus page or below.




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