Now in his nineties, photographer and underground filmmaker Robert Frank was one of the most influential artists of the second half of the twentieth century. Born in Switzerland, Robert Frank published The Americans in 1958, a collection of his photographs that highlighted the poverty and racism of his adopted home country, in a candid series of snapshots. Frank would come to be associated with the Beats—Jack Kerouac wrote the introduction to The Americans and Frank himself made the seminal short film Pull My Daisy in 1959—before working with The Rolling Stones on the infamous Cocksucker Blues a decade later. Don’t Blink – Robert Frank is filled with rare, behind-the-scenes footage of the famously cantankerous artist, clips from his rarely seen movies, and of course, a wealth of photos from one of the art form’s most essential voices. Laura Israel’s film features a soundtrack that includes everyone from Bob Dylan and Lou Reed to The White Stripes and Yo La Tengo.
Director Laura Israel 2015 United States 82 minutes NR DCP