The Sleepless Film Festival Presents — Once Upon a Time: The Films of Jean Cocteau

Step through the magic mirror with the second installment of the Sleepless Film Festival.

This time around we dip deeply into the cinematic career of poet, novelist, philosopher, painter, designer, boxing promoter, drug-addict and visionary filmmaker, Jean Cocteau. Utilizing images, links, commentary and of course video, the good people at Insomnia order, examine, and present for your approval a total of FIVE invaluable documents of Coteaueana including:

1. Jean Cocteau: Autoportrait d’un Inconnu (Self-Portrait of an Unknown Man)

2. La Villa Santo Sospir

3. Le Sang d’un Poete (The Blood of a Poet)

4. La Belle et la Bete (Beauty and the Beast)

5. The Testament of Orpheus

From bio-doc’s, to home movies, to his classic films, this presentation is a potent primer for Cocteau neophytes, and an important reminder of the invaluable cinematic contributions made by this most important of 20th century artists.



Joe Nolan was born under a bad sign on June 13th in Detroit, Michigan in the last Metal Year of the Dog. Polymath, provocateur, inter-media artist, his tell-tale signs have turned up in music, visual art, journalism, poetry, fiction, video and film. A double Gemini, his interests range from the pharmacology of phenomenology to fly fishing; from mysticism to mixed martial arts; from chaos science to chaos magick. Joe Nolan's Insomnia blog republishes to some of the most read counter-culture sites on the web and the Coincidence Control Network podcast which he hosts has been downloaded more than half-a-million times.He is recording his fourth CD in Nashville, Tennessee where he lives to the east of the Cumberland river on a little wooded lot dubbed Bohemian Walnut Grove.

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