Sprout Wings and Fly (1983) by Les Blank

Sunday, February 26, 1984, 7:00 pm

Les Blank

This Bay Area premiere with Les Blank in person will include live fiddle and guitar music beginning at 7:00 P.M.


800 Chestnut Street

San Francisco, CA, 94133

In Heaven There Is No Beer?, 1983, 51 min. 

From the heart of polka-land comes this rhythmic revelation by Les Blank & Company. If the polka has seemed corny and dull, these scenes from Pennsylvania, New York, Chicago, and Connecticut will change your mind. The infectious joy of this strongly positive folk dance-form is irresistible. 

“The most exhilarating film I’ve ever seen!” –Bill Pence, Co-Founder Telluride Film Festival 

Sprout Wings and Fly, 1983, 30 in. 

Filmed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the film features 78 year old Tommy Jarrell, considered the best of the old time fiddle players. Co-directing with Les Blank were folklorist Cece Conway, folk musician Alice Gerrard, and long time collaborator/editor Maureen Gosling. 

“…one of the three best films ever made on the South.” – Alan Lomax