Cool! Les Blank shoots a video

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The legendary documentarian Les Blank has shot a video for the Bay Area Latino folk ensemble Los Cenzontles — a production still is above.

The group is pretty fabulous: Last year they released a fine album, “American Horizon,” which sported collaborations with Taj Mahal and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos.

Blank needs little introduction. His 1976 film “Chulas Fronteras” is possibly the deepest look at Tex-Mex norteño music on film; it’s part of the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. He also directed “Burden of Dreams,” the amazing 1982 feature about director Werner Herzog’s obsessive quest to make “Fitzcarraldo.”

Curiously, despite his affinity for music, Blank has only made one other clip: an unreleased Aretha Franklin video. Can’t wait to see this one.

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