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Posted: 4:27 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2013
BERKELEY, Calif. —
An East Bay filmmaker well-known for his thoughtful documentaries has died at 77.
Les Blank leaves behind a body of work that celebrated the stories of people, food, music and even gap-toothed women.
During his career Blank made 42 films.
Blank especially liked to explore roots music.
There were portraits of musicians, such as Appalachian fiddler Tommy Jarrell, Dizzy Dillespie and Zydeco king Clifton Chenier and homages to garlic and a man in search of perfect tea leaves.
Blank received lifetime achievement awards from the American Film Institute and the International Documentary Association.
His sons remembered him as an eccentric man with a devoted following.
“Everything that his films were about were about living, celebrating living, music, dance, food, things that are hedonistic in nature and that is who he was,” said his son Harrod Blank.
Blank died Sunday from bladder cancer at his home in the Berkeley Hills, in the city he lived in for 30 years.
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