Les Blank, guest of honor a this year’s DC Independent Film Festival is not too concerned about how long a film is. While television has encouraged films to fit into an exact programming format, independent film eschews such narrow confines. Perhaps the most intriguing film length is the 20 minutes Les Blank dedicated to Werner Herzog eating his shoe. Herzog promised to eat his shoe if a certain young American film student went out and actually made the film he was always only talking about. The young student was Errol Morris, who met the challenge with his off-beat 1978 pet cemetery documentary Gates of Heaven (and went on to make The Thin Blue Line and Fast, Cheap and Out of Control ). Les Blank then made the film of Herzog eating his shoe.
Come meet Les Blank and learn about his life through film at the DC Independent Film Festival 2012, March 1st.