Film tickets: $10
Advance tickets are available at the Uptown Theatre located at 55 Dunlop St. West and at the MacLaren Art Centre during gallery hours as well as at the door on the night of screening.
Screening: Friday, September 30, 7:00 pm
Location: Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West, Barrie
Directed by: Laura Israel
With: Robert Frank, June Leaf
Documentary/Biography, Rated 14 A for coarse language, substance abuse and non-sexual nudity, 82 minutes, in Black and White and Colour (Canada/France/USA)
“An impressionistic, Frank-esque, idiosyncratic immersion in the artist’s work, rollicking and snapping along.” – Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly
The life and work of Robert Frank—as a photographer and a filmmaker—are so intertwined that they’re one in the same, and the vast amount of territory he’s covered, from The Americans in 1958 up to the present, is intimately registered in his now formidable body of artistic gestures. From the early ’90s on, Frank has been making his films and videos with the brilliant editor Laura Israel, who has helped him to keep things homemade and preserve the illuminating spark of first contact between camera and people/places. Don’t Blink is Israel’s like-minded portrait of her friend and collaborator, a lively mix of images and sounds and recollected passages and unfathomable losses and friendships that leaves us a fast and fleeting imprint of the life of the Swiss-born man who reinvented himself the American way, and is still standing on ground of his own making at the age of 91. He revolutionized photography and independent film, documenting the Beats, Welsh coal miners, Peruvian Indians, The Stones, London bankers, and the Americans. This film is a bumpy ride, revealed with unblinking honesty by the reclusive artist himself.
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