but I wanted to let people know that All in This Tea by Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht is available as a free rental on Jaman until sometime Friday or 100 copies have been downloaded (as of 4 pm on Thursday, it has been downloaded 32 times).
It will be released on DVD when they've raised about $20,000 (half of that for music rights). Donations can be made online (scroll down to the Tea Project).
Blank's 1973 film Dry Wood, "a glimpse into the life, food, and Mardi Gras celebrations of black Creoles in French Louisiana, featuring the stories and music of 'Bois Sec' Ardoin and Canray Fontenot," is available for free streaming online at Folkstreams.
Blank will receive the 2007 Edward MacDowell Medal. Past winners have included Thornton Wilder, Robert Frost, Alexander Calder, Edward Hopper, Eudora Welty, Georgia O'Keeffe, Stan Brakhage, Joan Didion, Chuck Jones, Merce Cunningham, and Steve Reich.
Update: AITT is no longer available. There were about 80 downloads. Thanks to Scott Beale for writing about it (based on an update to twitter before I even wrote this post). But more films will be available starting on Sunday. There are also several Tribeca films available.
Originally posted on tigerbeat.vox.com