Jonas Mekas (1922– 2019)


“Jonas Mekas (Lithuanian: [ˈjonɐs ˈmækɐs]; born December 24, 1922– January 23, 2019) is a LithuanianAmerican filmmaker, poet and artist who has often been called ‘the godfather of American avant-garde cinema.’ His work has been exhibited in museums and festivals worldwide. … In 1954, together with his brother Adolfas Mekas, he founded Film Culture, and in 1958, began writing his ‘Movie Journal’ column for The Village Voice. In 1962, he co-founded Film-Makers’ Cooperative and the Filmmakers’ Cinematheque in 1964, which eventually grew into Anthology Film Archives, one of the world’s largest and most important repositories of avant-garde film. He was part of the New American Cinema, with, in particular, fellow film-maker Lionel Rogosin. He was a close collaborator with artists such as Andy Warhol, Nico, Allen Ginsberg, Yoko Ono, John Lennon, Salvador Dalí, and fellow Lithuanian George Maciunas. In 1964, Mekas was arrested on obscenity charges for showing Flaming Creatures (1963) and Jean Genet‘s Un Chant d’Amour (1950). He launched a campaign against the censorship board, and for the next few years continued to exhibit films at the Film-makers’ Cinemathèque, the Jewish Museum, and the Gallery of Modern Art. … Mekas, along with Stan Brakhage, Ken Kelman, Peter Kubelka, James Broughton, and P. Adams Sitney, began the ambitious Essential Cinema project at Anthology Film Archives to establish a canon of important cinematic works. As a filmmaker, Mekas’ own output ranged from his early narrative film (Guns of the Trees, 1961) to ‘diary films’ such as Walden (1969); Lost, Lost, Lost (1975); Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972), Zefiro Torna (1992), and As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty, which have been screened extensively at festivals and museums around the world. Mekas expanded the scope of his practice with his later works of multi-monitor installations, sound immersion pieces and “frozen-film” prints. Together they offer a new experience of his classic films and a novel presentation of his more recent video work. His work has been exhibited at the 51st Venice Biennial, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, the Ludwig Museum, the Serpentine Gallery, and the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center. …”
Wikipedia
Jonas Mekas (Video)
Senses of Cinema – Jonas Mekas
The Wire
Guardian: ‘I was very angry’ – the last interview with Jonas Mekas, godfather of avant garde film
NY Times – Jonas Mekas: A Poet With a Movie Camera
A Conversation Between Film Legend Jonas Mekas and Director Jim Jarmusch
Jonas Mekas on the Poetry of Filmmaking and Living
artbook: Conversations with Filmmakers
Voice – ‘I’m Like the Last Leaf of a Big Tree’: A Conversation With Jonas Mekas

Voice: Jonas Mekas
5 Jonas Mekas Films You Must Watch (Video)
YouTube: Salvador Dali, Happenings, Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania, Bed-In John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Cinema Is Not 100 Years Old, As I was Moving Ahead, Occasionally I saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty, A Walk (1990) 58:19, Jonas Mekas – In Focus – The Artist’s Studio 23:03

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