An ineffable mix of unbridled joy and vérité realism, A Poem Is a...

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An ineffable mix of unbridled joy and vérité realism, A Poem Is a Naked Person presents the beloved singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell as filmed by documentarian Les Blank between 1972 and 1974. Blank’s camera lets us into the world of Russell and his friends and fellow artists in and around his recording studio in northeast Oklahoma, capturing intimate, off-the-cuff moments and combining them with mesmerizing scenes of Russell and his band performing live. This singular film about an artist and his community never got an official theatrical release and has attained legendary status. Now, after more than forty years, it can finally be seen and heard in all its rough beauty.

Filmed and edited by Les Blank
Executive produced by Harrod Blank
Produced by Denny Cordell, Leon Russell, and Les Blank Films
Sound recording and assistant editing by Maureen Gosling

Leon Russell
Jim Franklin
George Jones
Willie Nelson

Opens July 1
New York, NY – Film Forum

July 2 & 3
Huntington, NY – Cinema Arts Centre

Opens July 3
Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake Film Society

Opens July 8
Los Angeles, CA – Cinefamily

Opens July 10
Berkeley, CA – Landmark Shattuck
San Francisco, CA – Landmark Opera Plaza

July 10 – 12
Portland, OR – Hollywood Theatre

Opens July 17
Austin, TX – Alamo South Lamar
San Rafael, CA – Smith Rafael Film Center
Washington, D.C. – Angelika Pop-Up

Opens July 31
Nashville, TN – Belcourt Theatre

Opens August 7
Tulsa, OK – Circle Cinema

August 7 & 8
Columbus, OH – Wexner Center for the Arts

August 8
Minneapolis, MN – Trylon

August 9 – 13
Albuquerque, NM – Guild Cinema

Opens August 16
Omaha, NE – Film Streams

August 28 & 29 & September 4
Houston, TX – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston