Don´t Blink, a documentary on Robert Frank by Laura Israel
“Robert Frank is gloriously notorious. He is the groundbreaking photographer of The Americans; the iconoclastic director of Pull My Daisy and Cocksucker Blues; a difficult (almost impossible) interview subject; a rejecter of wealth and celebrity; a man whose ‘sympathies were with people who struggled,’ who has a ‘mistrust of people who made the rules.’
He was also a father to a daughter, Andrea, and a son, Pablo, who both died young. His work is emotional and impulsive. Filmmaker Richard Linklater describes Frank, who emigrated to the United States from Switzerland in the 1940s, beautifully as “a restless, searching artist pushing the boundaries of the documentary, experimental, and more traditional narrative forms.” Fans will be giddy with the unprecedented access to Frank—and his irrepressible irascibility, energy, and humor—this film offers. Those uninitiated into the cult of Robert Frank should be prepared for a wild and wonderful ride.”
Laura Israel: Director
Laura Israel cut her teeth editing award-winning commercials and music videos while still a film student at NYU. By the time she graduated she had formed her own editorial company, Assemblage. Her client list included: John Lurie, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Keith Richards, Sonic Youth, New Order, Ziggy Marley, David Byrne, artists Laurie Simmons and Robert Frank. The films she edited with Frank have screened all over the world and won many awards. WINDFALL, her debut doc, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won top prize at Doc NYC. A NY Times Critics Pick, the paper dubbed it “Urgent, informative and artfully assembled”. WINDFALL is distributed by First Run Features, and Ms. Israel was named in Filmmaker Magazine’s 2011 “25 New Faces of Independent Film”.
USA/Frankreich/Kanada 2015, 82 Min., OmU, DCP, S/W und Farbe, Regie: Laura Israel, Produzent: Melinda Shopsin, Laura Israel, Ausführende Produzenten: Ruth Waldburger, Eugene Jarecki, Roni Jesselson, Beratung: Lukas Fitze, Schnitt: Alex Bingham, Kamera: Lisa Rinzler, zusätzliche Kamera: Ed Lachman, Alex Bingham, Laura Israel, Tom Jarmusch, Andrew Lampert, Ausführender Musikproduzent: Hal Willner, musikalische Leitung: Rachel Fox, Graphik & Animation: Chelsea Smith, technischer Leiter: Joe Beirne, Art Director: Alex Bingham
Soundtrack with Songs by Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground, Pattis Smith, The Kills, The White Stripes, Charles Mingus, Yo La Tengo, New Order u. v. a.