MacDowell Colony to screen film by 2007 MacDowell medalist, Les Blank
On Friday, August 3, 2007, at 7:30 p.m., The MacDowell Colony will present a free screening of Burden of Dreams (1982), a film by this year’s Edward MacDowell Medalist, maverick documentary filmmaker Les Blank. Considered by many to be Blank’s best film, Burden of Dreams documents German filmmaker Werner Herzog’s five-year attempt to complete his epic feature Fitzcarraldo in the Amazon jungle. Honored with a British Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1982, Burden of Dreams — a fascinating glimpse into the moviemaking process — reveals just how far one man will go to bring his creative vision to life.
With a running time of 95 minutes, the film will be shown at the Peterborough Historical Society at
Regarded as one of the seminal figures in documentary filmmaking, Blank has explored a wide range of subjects in his work by profiling passionate people at the periphery of American society. He has uncovered Polish-American polka musicians (In Heaven There Is No Beer?), Appalachian fiddlers (Sprout Wings and Fly), and American tourists in
Blank will receive the Edward MacDowell Medal in a public ceremony during the annual Medal Day celebration on Sunday, August 12, 2007, beginning at 12:15 p.m. on The MacDowell Colony grounds in
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