Le Cocktail Français + Film
The Book of Clarence
Friday, December 2
This feature-length documentary is directed by Lee Breuer; it follows the life of legendary blind gospel singer, Clarence Fountain, one of the founding members of the five-time Grammy Award-winning gospel group, Blind Boys of Alabama. Clarence's life, music and health are followed in dreamlike and hallucinatory memories. Featured in the film are kinetic abstract light paintings by the artist Bill Ham, who was an innovator in San Francisco psychedelic light show era and continues to create today.
Lee Breuer is a playwright, director, filmmaker, poet, and lyricist. He is also co-artistic director of Mabou Mines Theater Company. Mr. Breuer is a recipient of the Chevalier Des Arts et Lettres and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship. He is perhaps best known for The Gospel at Colonus, which was nominated for a Pulitzer, Grammy, Tony, and Emmy awards. Mabou Mines Doll House won Obies for Best Director and Best Performance (2004), as well as two Elliot Norton Awards. In 2011 he presented Un tramway nommé Désir, at the Comédie-Française, becoming one of only two American directors to work there. Mr. Breuer and the producer and editor of the film, Eric Marciano, will be in attendance.
For NAC Members-Only: Following the program, join us for a prix-fixe dinner at the “French Table.”
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