“Les Blank’s long-lost Leon Russell documentary is a beguiling snapshot of a lost era.” — Variety
After seeing Les Blank’s seminal film, The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins, Leon Russell and Denny Cordell wanted to work with him. Les directed, filmed, and edited A Poem Is A Naked Person during 1972-74, while Blank was living at the Russell/Shelter Records recording studio compound on Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees in NE Oklahoma.
This feature-length film, available for the first time, includes appearances by Willie Nelson, George Jones, and some amazing characters in Oklahoma, where much of it was shot.
Official selection: SXSW 2015
Official selection: Göteborg FF 2016
Director Les Blank
Cast Leon Russell, George Jones, David Briggs, Eric Andersen, Malissa Bates
Script Les Blank
Producers Denny Cordell, Leon Russell