Whole Earth Catalog editor Stewart Brand and his friend Hugh Romney (Wavy Gravy) asked Robert Frank to document “The Hunger Show,” a week-long fast staged by the Portola Institute in California. This was a “happening” designed to make the problem of world hunger and malnutrition a personal matter for participants and observers. The film records the event, which took place October 11–18, 1969, in a parking lot in Hayward, CA.
Other Films by Robert Frank
Speaking in voiceover, Frank narrates scenes shot in his homes in New York and Nova Scotia. His rambling commentary returns to familiar themes of memory, and the loss of friends and family members. Alternately poignant, reflective, self-mocking, and angry, this candid autobiography reveals Frank’s late career preoccupations.
The artist joins Robert MacMillan on a wintry, pre-dawn morning and accompanies him on his daily route delivering newspapers in the rural Nova Scotia community where Frank has had a second home for many years. Chatting amiably in voiceover as his camera observes the landscape and MacMillan’s encounters with his customers, Frank conducts a rambling …
Frank narrates a charming re-enactment of his visit to the home of photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The cast comprises his wife June Leaf as Georgia O’Keeffe, artist Jerome Sother as Robert Frank, and Frank himself in the role of Stieglitz.