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Don't Blink - Robert Frank / Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405

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The Woodland

60 Woodland Road

Maplewood, NJ 07040

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In the 2nd night of our "2 Nights Only" program, SOMA Film Festival is excited to bring you two amazing documentary films that celebrate art and those create it.

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary / Short Subject Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 is both an extraordinary and innovative portrait of artist Mindy Alper, whose renowned and astonishing body of work reveals a lifetime of struggle with debilitating mental illness.

Alper has suffered through electro shock therapy, multiple commitments to mental institutions and a 10-year period without speech. Her only consistent means of communicating has been to channel her hyper self-awareness into drawings and sculpture of powerful psychological clarity.

Through an examination of her work, interviews, reenactments, the building of an eight and a half foot papier-mache bust of her beloved psychiatrist, we learn how she has emerged from a life of darkness and isolation to a life that includes love, trust and laughter.




Don't Blink - Robert Frank is about one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, the legendary photographer and filmmaker behind the seminal book The Americans and landmark films like Pull My Daisy (with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg) and C***sucker Blues (with the Rolling Stones).

Directed by his longtime editor Laura Israel, the film is an exuberant and fascinating journey into the images and words of the iconoclastic Robert Frank, a Swiss-born artist who reinvented himself the American way, and is still standing on ground of his own making at the age of 90.

Filmmaker Laura Israel will be in attendance for an informative Q & A to follow the screening.




Tickets are only $15, and include free wine and popcorn.

Doors open at 7:00 and the film(s) will begin at 7:30.

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