2013 Schedule

Date Time Event
Monday
July 8 2013
7:30 pm

Les Blank Tribute

Where: Grownman Studios, 6412 Central Ave, Tampa, Florida
Tickets: $5.00 (Tribute pass to all screenings $25.00)

"Gap-Toothed Women" (1987), with host Victoria Jorgensen's "The Moving Feast" (2006)

Gap-Toothed Women (1987) – A charming valentine to women born with a space between their teeth, ranging from lighthearted whimsy to a deeper look at issues like self-esteem and societal attitudes toward standards of beauty. Interviews were conducted with more than one hundred women, including model Lauren Hutton and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. 31min.

Tuesday
July 9 2013
7:30 pm

Les Blank Tribute

Where: Grownman Studios, 6412 Central Ave, Tampa, Florida
Tickets: $5.00 (Tribute pass to all screenings $25.00)

A Well Spent Life (1971) – Many people consider Texas bluesman Mance Lipscomb to be the greatest blues guitarist and songster of all time. This glowing portrait of the legendary musician (also life-long husband and sharecropper) is among Blank's special masterworks. Instead of growing bitter, tough times made Lipscomb sweet. 44 min.

Sworn To the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella (1995) – When you think of Latin percussion, think of Francisco Aguabella. Perhaps the finest Afro-Cuban master percussionist still living, he has become synonymous with his instrument – one of the highest compliments a musician can receive. Carlos Santana reveres him. Bill Graham honored him. Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Tito Puente, Peggy Lee and Weather Report swear by him. He's a master of Bata (the sacred Santeria drumming tradition), Abaqua and Yeza, and secular Afro-Cuban jazz and salsa styles. Born in Matanzas, Cuba, Francisco Aguabella is a master of the Yoruba-derived bata drums and rumba form as well as contemporary traditions including Cuban son, salsa, and Latin jazz. 35 min.

Wednesday
July 10 2013
7:30 pm

Les Blank Tribute

Where: Grownman Studios, 6412 Central Ave, Tampa, Florida
Tickets: $5.00 (Tribute pass to all screenings $25.00)

Innocents Abroad (1991) – A warmly amusing look at a bus-full of American tourists on a whirlwind tour of Europe. The eclectic soundtrack includes Mozart, Bob Dylan, Sandy Denny, Jonathan Richman, others. 84 min.

Thursday
July 11 2013
7:30 pm

Les Blank Tribute

Where: Grownman Studios, 6412 Central Ave, Tampa, Florida
Tickets: $5.00 (Tribute pass to all screenings $25.00)

Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (1980) – A zesty paean of praise to the greater glories of garlic. This lip-smacking foray into the history, consumption, cultivation and culinary/curative powers of the stinking rose features chef Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, and a flavorful musical soundtrack. The SF Chronicle called this film "a joyous, nose-tweaking, ear-tingling, mouth-watering tribute to a Life Force." Nothing less than a hymn to the stinking rose of the kitchen, this lovingly photographed documentary is an odyssey of garlic feasts alternated with uniquely individual interviews of garlic afficionados. In 2004 "Garlic" was one of 25 films selected by The Library Of Congress to be added to the National Film Registry list of now 400 motion pictures, to be preserved in perpetuity. Les' "Chulas Fronteras" was selected previously for The National Film Registry. Only two other documentarians, Frederick Wiseman and Albert Maysles, have as many non-fiction films represented in the registry. 51 min.

Yum, Yum, Yum (1990) – Les Blank marries his passion for spicy, down home food and his love for Cajuns and Creoles in this mouth-watering, exploration of the cooking and other enthusiasms of French-speaking Louisiana. Features tangy music, Marc Savoy, Paul Prudhomme, and other great cooks. 31 min.

Friday
July 12 2013
7:30 pm

Les Blank Tribute

Where: Grownman Studios, 6412 Central Ave, Tampa, Florida
Tickets: $5.00 (Tribute pass to all screenings $25.00)

The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists (1995) – What happens when a dedicated husband and father quits his job, adopts the persona of a Western-Movie Singing Cowboy, takes on the entire art establishment (including Christo and Andy Warhol), and refuses to accept money for his art? Meet Gerry Gaxiola, AKA The Maestro, who gave up everything to make art for art's sake. 54 min.

Puamana (1991) – Aloha! This gentle portrait of Auntie Irmgard Farden Aluli, one of Hawaii's best loved composers, focuses on Hawaiian women's contributions to family structure, art, music and dance. An intimate glimpse into the real culture of the islands. 37 min.

Saturday
July 13
10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Les Blank Tribute

Where: Grownman Studios, 6412 Central Ave, Tampa, Florida
Tickets: $5.00 (Tribute pass to all screenings $25.00)

Sworn To the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella (1995) – When you think of Latin percussion, think of Francisco Aguabella. Perhaps the finest Afro-Cuban master percussionist still living, he has become synonymous with his instrument – one of the highest compliments a musician can receive. Carlos Santana reveres him. Bill Graham honored him. Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Tito Puente, Peggy Lee and Weather Report swear by him. He's a master of Bata (the sacred Santeria drumming tradition), Abaqua and Yeza, and secular Afro-Cuban jazz and salsa styles. Born in Matanzas, Cuba, Francisco Aguabella is a master of the Yoruba-derived bata drums and rumba form as well as contemporary traditions including Cuban son, salsa, and Latin jazz. 35 min.

Huey Lewis and the News: Be-Fore! (1986) – This film follows one of the world's top rock-and-roll bands of the 80's and a crew of fifty technicians to the Bahamas for the making of a music video for their number one hit single, "Stuck With You" for their album, "FORE!" Blank takes us behind the scenes for an off-beat look at what happens when a song is transformed into visuals and musicians are transformed into actors. Hidden in the straightforward reportage are sly comments on the MTV machine, sexism in the media, and the business of rock-and-roll. Best of all, Huey Lewis and the News maintain their sense of humor even when absurdity threatens to overwhelm them. 31 min.

The Blues Accordin' to Lightin' Hopkins (1969) – The great Texas bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins is captured brilliantly in this deeply moving film. Blank reveals Lightnin's inspiration, and features a generous helping of classic blues. Includes performances at an outdoor barbeque and a black rodeo; and a visit to his boyhood town of Centerville, Texas. This powerful portrait is among Blank's special masterworks. 31 min.

In Heaven There is No Beer? (1984) – A joyous romp through the dance, food, music, friendship, and even religion of the Polka. The explosive energy and high spirits of the polka subculture are rendered with warmth and dedication to scholarship in this journey through Polish-American celebrations. Polka stars like Jimmy Sturr, Eddie Blazonzyck and Walt Solek are featured. 50 min.

Always for Pleasure (1978) – An intense insider's portrait of New Orleans' street celebrations and unique cultural gumbo: Second-line parades, Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest. Features live music from Professor Longhair, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, the Neville Brothers and more. This glorious, soul-satisfying film is among Blank's special masterworks. 58 min.

J'ai Été Au Bal (I Went to the Dance) (1989) – The definitive film on the history of the toe-tapping, foot-stomping music of French Southwest Louisiana. Includes many Cajun and Zydeco greats, featuring Michael Doucet and Beausoleil, Clifton Chenier, Marc and Ann Savoy, D.L. Menard, and others. 84 min.

Marc and Ann (1991) – Enchanting portrait of Marc and Ann Savoy, Cajun musicians who are dedicated to the preservation and continuance of Cajun culture. Marc is an irreverent storyteller and accordion maker; his wife Ann is the mother of four, and author of the book Cajun Music: Reflection of a People. 27 min.

Chulas Fronteras (Beautiful Borders) (1976) – A complex, insightful look at the Chicano experience as mirrored in the lives and music of the most acclaimed Norteño musicians of the Texas-Mexican border, including Flaco Jimenez and Lydia Mendoza. 58 min.

Sprout Wings and Fly (1983) – This touching tribute to Appalachian culture profiles legendary, old-time fiddler Tommy Jarrell. His unpretentious folk wisdom is interlaced with family scenes and reminiscences, plus plenty of old-time music. 30 min.

Hot Pepper (1973) – 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. 54 min.

Saturday
July 13
8:00 pm

Les Blank Tribute

Where: Grownman Studios, 6412 Central Ave, Tampa, Florida
Tickets: $5.00 (Tribute pass to all screenings $25.00)

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1979) – Yes, German film director Werner Herzog really does eat his shoe to fulfill a vow to fellow filmmaker Errol Morris &ndash boldly exemplifying his belief that people must have the guts to attempt what they dream of. Inspiring.

Burden of Dreams (1982) – An extraordinary feature-length documentary about the messianic German director Werner Herzog struggling against desperate odds in the Amazon basin to make his epic feature, "Fitzcarraldo". "Burden of Dreams" was honored with a British Academy Award for Best Documentary of 1982. Many critics consider it Blank’s most awesome film. 91 min.

Wednesday
July 17 2013
7:30 pm

Les Blank Tribute

Where: Grownman Studios, 6412 Central Ave, Tampa, Florida
Tickets: $5.00 (Tribute pass to all screenings $25.00)

All In This Tea (2007) – All In This Tea takes us into the world of tea by following world-renowned tea expert David Lee Hoffman to some of the most remote regions of China in search of the best handmade teas in the world. Hoffman is obsessed; during his youth, he spent four years with Tibetan monks in Nepal, which included a friendship with the Dalai Lama, and was introduced to some of the finest tea – that golden nectar with which we can taste the distant past. 84 min.

Sunday
July 21 2013
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bud Lee Show

Where: Grownman Studios, 6412 Central Ave, Tampa, Florida
Tickets: Free

Tampa photographer Bud Lee will be in attendance for the opening of his show and share thoughts about his newest works. Includes premiere of short documentary about Bud’s current life by Fred Smith and Matt Wiggins.

Wednesday
July 24 2013
7:30 pm

Les Blank Tribute

Where: 5805 N. Florida, Tampa, Florida – photo exhibit opening
Tickets: $5.00 (Tribute pass to all screenings $25.00)

Six Short Films

Wednesday
July 31
7:30 pm

Les Blank Tribute

Where: 5805 N. Florida, Tampa, Florida – photo exhibit opening
Tickets: $5.00 (Tribute pass to all screenings $25.00)

In Heaven There is No Beer? (1984) – A joyous romp through the dance, food, music, friendship, and even religion of the Polka. The explosive energy and high spirits of the polka subculture are rendered with warmth and dedication to scholarship in this journey through Polish-American celebrations. Polka stars like Jimmy Sturr, Eddie Blazonzyck and Walt Solek are featured. 50 min.

J'ai Été Au Bal (I Went to the Dance) (1989) – The definitive film on the history of the toe-tapping, foot-stomping music of French Southwest Louisiana. Includes many Cajun and Zydeco greats, featuring Michael Doucet and Beausoleil, Clifton Chenier, Marc and Ann Savoy, D.L. Menard, and others. 84 min.

Saturday
August 3
Noon – 5:00 pm

First Annual Tampa Crab Enchilado Feast

Where: Tampa Cruis-A-Cade, 700 West Ross Street, Tampa, Florida 33602
Ticket: $25.00 advance tickets, $30.00 at door

Michelle Faedo's On the Go food truck service will prepare the crab enchilados, a traditional Tampa Cuban dish made of freshly caught blue crab and sauces and served warm with fresh bread.

A benefit for Trinity Café, a restaurant that feeds the hungry for free.

Saturday 5:00 pm

Benefit Jam for John McEwen

When: 5:00 pm Saturday, August 3 2013
Where: Tampa Cruis-A-Cade, 700 West Ross Street, Tampa, Florida 33602
Ticket: $5.00 donation

Bring your own instruments to this benefit jam for John McEwen. Judy Tampa and John's group, Bunko Squad, will be present.