Jonas Mekas (Lithuanian: [ˈjonɐs ˈmækɐs]; December 24, 1922 – January 23, 2019) was a Lithuanian-American filmmaker, poet, and artist who has been called "the godfather of American avant-garde cinema" on many occasions. His work has been exhibited in museums and at festivals worldwide.
Mekas was born in Semeniškiai, the son of Elžbieta (Jašinskaitė) and Povilas Mekas. In 1944, Mekas left Lithuania to escape the advancing Red Army. En route, his train was stopped in Germany where he and his brother, Adolfas Mekas (1925–2011), were imprisoned in a labor camp in Elmshorn, a suburb of Hamburg, for eight months. The brothers escaped to hide on a farm near the Danish border two months until the end of the war. After the war, Mekas lived in displaced persons' camps in Wiesbaden and Kassel. From 1946 to 1948, he studied philosophy at the University of Mainz and at the end of 1949 he emigrated with his brother to the U.S., settling in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. Two weeks after his arrival, he borrowed money to buy his first Bolex 16mm camera and began recording moments of his life. He discovered avant-garde film at venues such as Amos Vogel's pioneering Cinema 16, and he began curating avant-garde film screenings at Gallery East on Avenue A and Houston Street and at the Film Forum series at Carl Fisher Auditorium on 57th Street.In 1954, together with his brother Adolfas Mekas, he founded Film Culture, and in 1958 he 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. Along with Lionel Rogosin, he was part of the New American Cinema movement. 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. From 1964 to 1967, he organized the New American Cinema Expositions, which toured Europe and South America, and in 1966 joined 80 Wooster Fluxhouse Coop. In 1970, Anthology Film Archives opened on 425 Lafayette Street as a film museum, screening space, and a library, with Mekas as its director. 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. Mekas's legs appeared in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's experimental film Up Your Legs Forever (1971).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. In the year 2007, Mekas released one film every day on his website, a project he entitled "The 365 Day Project." The online diary is still ongoing on Jonas Mekas' official website. It was celebrated in 2015 with a show titled "The Internet Saga" which was curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi at Palazzo Foscari Contarini on the occasion of the 56th Venice Biennale of Visual Arts. Beginning in the 1970s, Mekas taught film courses at the New School for Social Research, MIT, Cooper Union, and New York University. Additionally, Mekas is a well-known Lithuanian language poet and published his poems and prose in Lithuanian, French, German, and English. His work has been translated into English by the Lithuanian-American poet Vyt Bakaitis in such collections as Daybooks: 1970-1972 (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs: 2013) and the major anthology (bilingual) of modern Lithuanian verse: Gyvas atodūsis/Breathing Free, poems Lietuvos: Vilnius, 2001. Mekas published many of his journals and diaries, including I Had Nowhere to Go: Diaries, 1944–1954 and Letters from Nowhere, as well as articles on film criticism, theory, and technique. On November 10, 2007, the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center was opened in Vilnius. Mekas died at his home in New York City on January 23, 2019 at the age of 96. One of his last exhibitions, "Notes from Downtown," took place at James Fuentes Gallery in the summer of 2018 on the Lower East Side.Mekas's last work "Requiem" premiered posthumously at The Shed in New York City on November 1, 2019. The 84 minute video was commissioned by The Shed and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. It screened in tandem with a performance of Verdi's "Requiem," conducted by Teodor Currentzis and performed by the musicAeterna orchestra.
Mekas married Hollis Melton in 1974. They had two children, a daughter, Oona, and a son, Sebastian. His family is featured in Jonas's films, including Out-takes from the Life of a Happy Man.
Filmes e Séries de TV
The tapes in the program consist of some of Mekas’ earliest cassettes from the 1990s not long after he first began working with video as well as more recent mini-DV tapes from 2010s. The contents of t...
Jonas Towards Broadway
Short portrait of Jonas Mekas by filmmaker and veteran Jonas chronicler, Peter Sempel.
Elegy for J.M.
Created by Anthology’s Archivist John Klacsmann, the visual track of Elegy for J.M. is the result of an encoding malfunction while preparing a clip of Jonas Mekas’s Lost Lost Lost (1976), a happy digi...
3 Friends Singing (...in the Desert)
A short portrait of Jonas Mekas by filmmaker and veteran Jonas chronicler Peter Sempel.
Sebastian and Jonas Leaving the Party
"My last image of Jonas."—Ken Jacobs
Makeshift (for Mekas)
A tribute to the life and spirit of Jonas Mekas.
Keep singing: a tribute to Jonas Mekas
A film tribute to the inspirational Jonas Mekas.
Self Discovery for Social Survival
Self Discovery for Social Survival is a collaborative surf and music film produced by Brooklyn based record label, Mexican Summer and Pilgrim Surf + Supply, a New York based surf and outdoor brand. Fi...
A meditative tribute to Verdi’s masterpiece and an homage to beloved filmmaker Jonas Mekas.
Gena Rowlands: A Life on Film
An intimate portrait of the superb actress Gena Rowlands, icon of independent cinema. Together with her husband, legendary director John Cassavetes (1929-1989), she lived an unusual life beyond the dr...
Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground
The 29-minute experimental film Christmas on Earth caused a sensation when it first screened in New York City in 1964. Its orgy scenes, double projections and overlapping images shattered artistic con...
Beyond the Bolex
Filmmaker Alyssa Bolsey stumbles on a treasure trove of vintage cameras, old film reels, fading photos, technical drawings and boxes of documents that belonged to her great-grandfather Jacques Bolsey....
George: The Story of George Maciunas and Fluxus
In 1961 Lithuanian American artist and impresario George Maciunas established the avant-garde art movement Fluxus. George details the rise of Fluxus following a sensationalized tour of “concerts” in E...
From the diaries of a cinema maniac
Scenes from the life and work of independent film-makers. Includes Douglas Gordon, Peter Hutton, Ken Jacobs, Alexander Kluge, Harmony Korine, Peter Kubelka, MM Serra, Susan Sontag, Béla Tarr, Agnes Va...
I Don't Know Which Tree It Comes From that Fragrance
In his latest film, Mekas shares what he describes as “a valentine to Yoko Ono,” done in his signature diaristic style. Mixing the familiar 16mm film with DV video, he offers a fly-on-the-wall look at...
Reminiscences of Jonas Mekas
A “Cinéma, de notre temps” series episode directed by french filmmaker Jackie Raynal, originally aired 29 May 2016.
Yoko Ono Lennon's Courage Awards 2016: Laurie Anderson, Mohammad el Gharani, Eileen Boxer, RoseLee Goldberg, LoftOpera
Yoko Ono Lennon's Courage Awards 2016
I Had Nowhere to Go
I Had Nowhere To Go is based on Jonas Mekas’s diary. It’s been over 70 years since he left his village in Lithuania to escape Nazi persecution. He was 22 years old. Today he is one of the last survivi...
River of Fundament
Visionary artist Matthew Barney returns to cinema with this 3-part epic, a radical reinvention of Norman Mailer’s novel Ancient Evenings. In collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler, Barney combine...
Jonas Mekas filma as festividades de Halloween nos Arquivos de Antologia em 1990.
O Que é o Cinema?
Usando as palavras e ideias de grandes cineastas, desde entrevistas de arquivo com Alfred Hitchcock e Robert Bresson até novas entrevistas com Mike Leigh, David Lynch e Jonas Mekas, o cineasta vencedo...
My Conversations on Film
This distinctly personal journey into the artistic possibilities of independent film is not to be missed. Jonas Mekas, Jean-Pierre Gorin, Robert Kramer and many other visionaries and mavericks of the ...
The Sixties Quartet
In the Kontti gallery, Kiasma presents a selection of Jonas Mekas’ films from the 1970s through to the 1990s. Born in Lithuania, Mekas fled from his native land in 1944 and finally settled in the Uni...
Reminiscences from Germany
A narrative presented non-chronologically of Jonas Mekas's time in German forced labour camps and displaced person camps from 1944 to 1949, in which he quotes his diaries, as well as the German wartim...
Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man
"A motion picture composed of brief diaristic scenes not used in completed films from the years 1960-2000; and self-referential video footage taped during the editing. Brief glimpses of family, friend...
Maya Deren, Take Zero
This documentary interweaves celluloid and voice recordings by Maya Deren, and colleagues who knew her firsthand: Jean Rouch, Jonas Mekas, Alexander Hammid, Cecile Starr etc. Maya Deren (1917-1961) wa...
3.11 A Sense of Home
Em memória do terremoto japonês em 3.11, cada diretor apresenta um curta-metragem de 3 minutos e 11 segundos em homenagem àqueles que se perderam naquele dia.
Cinematic Correspondences: Jonas Mekas - J.L. Guerin
A series of video letters between José Luis Guerín and Jonas Mekas.
"Occasionally I join my music friends Dalius Naujo and Kenny Wollesen at Zebulon, a French music bistro in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They are great musicians and I am happy to improvise with them, as a ...
Re: Maciunas and Fluxus
“Drawing on his personal archives, Mekas has assembled a Fluxus vaudeville starring Yoko Ono, Joseph Beuys, and the late Nam June Paik. Most of the material is relatively recent although Ben Vautieur ...
Sleepless Nights Stories
Director Jonas Mekas travels through New York nights, through apartments, studios, backstage rooms, galleries, bars, and clubs. Encountering old acquaintances like Ken and Flo Jacobs, Yoko Ono, friend...
Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film
Experimental filmmaker Pip Chodorov traces the course of experimental film in America, taking the very personal point of view of someone who grew up as part of the experimental film community.
Mekas lived in SoHo for a long time, and the towers naturally kept popping up: when he would film his friends on the street, hippie happenings on rooftops, family outings to the waterfront.
New York Conversations
New York Conversations is a documentary made of varied conversations revolving around cinema in New York. These conversations give us the opportunity to sketch some of the bad boys and girls -director...
Part of 42 One Dream Rush
42 One Dream Rush
Um omnibus de 42 curtas-metragem de diretores de auteur baseado em Dreams.
Jonas Mekas in Kodachrome Days
Usando seu método de marca, Ken Jacobs homenageia a mais antiga marca de filmes coloridos, Kodak (cuja produção foi descontinuada em 2009) e Jonas Mekas, que conseguiu respirar vida a Kodak.
It Came from Kuchar
It Came from Kuchar is the definitive, feature documentary about the legendary, underground filmmaking twins, the Kuchar brothers. George and Mike Kuchar have inspired two generations of filmmakers, a...
Andy Warhol's Factory People... Inside the Sixties Silver Factory
Takes an in-depth look at the lives and times of the people who hung out with Andy Warhol and "worked" at the Silver Factory during the Sixties, making it all click as a new counter-culture arose and ...
Question a Day
In 2008, Andrew Lampert, employed as the film archivist of Anthology Film Archives, endeavored to ask Jonas Mekas, its legendary and charismatic founder, one trivial or profound question a day. This i...
Notes on an American Film Director at Work
Filmmaker Jonas Mekas follows his friend, film director Martin Scorsese, and his cast and crew, through various locations during the shooting of his film The Departed, released in 2006.
365 Day Project
This exhibition focuses on Jonas Mekas’ 365 Day Project, a succession of films and videos in calendar form. Every day as of January 1st, 2007 and for an entire year, as indicated in the title, a large...
The film documents an encounter at 202 Blvd Saint-Germain, in a cafe underneath Apollinaire's last place of residence. Jean-Jacques Lebel gives Jonas Mekas (who remains off screen), three objects asso...
Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis
In this entrancing documentary on performance artist, photographer and underground filmmaker Jack Smith, photographs and rare clips of Smith's performances and films punctuate interviews with artists,...
Meet The Kuchar Brothers
Provides a rare glimpse into the world of George and Mike Kuchar, underground filmmaking brothers from the Bronx. Get to know the Kuchars, casually hanging out with John Waters at a party, looking at ...
Salvador Dalí at Work
O cineasta Jonas Mekas segue o artista surrealista pelas ruas de Nova Iorque documentando eventos de arte pública.
The Song of Central Park
Durante um único dia de inverno, em 16 de janeiro de 1966, Jonas Mekas capturou vislumbres impressionistas de pessoas tocando e trabalhando em Central Park e em torno da cidade em filme de 16mm. O cal...
Elio Gelmini interviews Avantgarde filmmaker Kenneth Anger. With archive footage of Angers films, he portrays the filmmaker from his childhood until present day.
John & Yoko Bed-In
Forty years ago, the couple staged an act of nonviolent protest in support of peace
A Visit to Stan Brakhage
In late 1966 I visited Stan Brakhage in Rollinsville, Colorado. This is a portrait of Stan at home, with his family, his animals, and the surroundings, 9000 feet high.
A Visit to Timothy Leary
This was filmed July 1-4, 1965 in Millbrook, at the estate of Timothy Leary. It is with Baba Ramdass and house guests.
Dedication to Matsuo Basho
Matsuo Basho's haiku are internationally revered for their clarity, brevity and insight. Learn about this great haiku poet.
Monks of Cinema
...they slept outside in the Vermont night...
Who Gets to Call It Art?
Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Henry Geldzahler reflects on the 1960s pop art scene in New York.
The Destruction Quartet
This was originally an art installation by Jonas Mekas which was later shown as a short film.
Notes on Marie Menken
A look at avant-garde filmmaker Marie Menken.
To Barbara Rubin with Love
This is a mini-portrait of one of the legendary figures of the 60s who should be credited for the discovery of the Velvet Underground, for saving Bob Dylan's mind after the motorcycle crash, for her p...
Excavating Taylor Mead
The film icon/Andy Warhol darling is interviewed is his legendary cluttered apartment.
The Definition of Insanity
Robert is an actor who may or may not be himself in this film about acting, aging and the dark side of ambition. Filmed over the course of 18 months, as a documentary crew follows Robert from one fail...
A Letter from Greenpoint
In February 2004, after 30 years of my life in SoHo, I made a decision to leave SoHo and move to Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This video is about what it feels like to leave a place in which one has spent ...
Axiom of Choice
Evoking the physiognomy of a Rembrandt portrait, Axiom of Choice depicts Jonas Mekas and his son Sebastian, their heads rotating in radiant chiaroscuro against a black ground. With Mekas at its center...
Shot in 1950 upon arriving in America, Mekas did not edit and present the footage until 2003 making this both his first and last film shot on 16mm.
Mozart, Wien & Elvis
This is footage of Elvis Presley's last performance in New York on June 9th, 1972. It is preceded by footage I shot in Vienna a few years earlier. It is a unique recording whichever way you look at it...
As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty
Director Jonas Mekas provides an intimate glimpse of his personal life by constructing a feature length narrative from over 30 years of private home movie footage.
This Side of Paradise: Fragments of An Unfinished Biography
Unpredictably, as most of my life’s key events have been, for a period of several years of late sixties and early seventies, I had the fortune to spend some time, mostly during the summers, with Jacki...
Letter to John from Jonas
Jonas Mekas' video letter to John Hanhardt, in which he declines an offer for Anthology to be taken on by the Guggenheim, insisting that they must maintain their hard-won independence. Many years ago,...
Song of Avignon
Reflexões sobre minha viagem de 1966 a Avignon que me ajudaram a sobreviver a uma crise profunda que estava passando. Textos dos meus diários daquele período na trilha sonora são lidos por Angus McLis...
Scenes from Allen's Last Three Days on Earth as a Spirit
This is a video record of the Buddhist Wake ceremony at Allen Ginsberg's apartment. You see Allen, now asleep forever, in his bed; some of his close friends; and the wrapping up and removal of Allen's...
Birth of a Nation
Filmmaker Jonas Mekas films 160 underground film people over four decades.
Happy Birthday to John
On October 9th, 1972 an exhibition of John Lennon/Yoko Ono's art, designed by the Master of the Fluxus movement, George Maciunas, opened at the Syracuse Museum of Art, in New York. On the same day an ...
Cinema Is Not 100 Years Old
The real history of the cinema is the invisible history – history of friends getting together doing the thing the love – for us the cinema is beginning with every new buzz of the projector. With every...
Memories of Frankenstein
Jerome Hill had a little outdoor theater on the shore of the Mediterranean. Usually he brought over some musicians, like the Julliard Quartet. But in 1966 he persuaded the city of Cassis to cosponsor ...
A look into the many lives of Christa Päffgen, otherwise known as Nico; from cutie German mädchen to the first of the supermodels, to glamorous diva of the Velvet Underground, to cult item, junkie and...
Jonas in the Desert
Not a documentary in the strictest sense of the word. Rather, it is a journey through the world of the artist Jonas Mekas - one of the exponents of independent U.S. movies; founder and director of the...
A behind-the-scenes look at the man behind the trophy and the poisons that taint an otherwise jubilant jamboree.
The Education of Sebastian or Egypt Regained
A video record of a mental and physical journey through 5,000 years of Egypt at the End of History; an attempt to reconnect with the Source, with Jean Houston acting as Virgil; as Sebastian watches an...
Zefiro Torna or Scenes from the Life of George Maciunas (Fluxus)
The life and work of Fluxus artist George Maciunas as seen in clips filmed between 1952 and 1978.
Just Visiting This Planet
Peter Sempel's masterful poetic film tribute to butoh performer Kazuo Ohno.
Carl G. Jung by Jerome Hill or Lapis Philosophorum
In 1950 Jerome Hill went to Zurich with the intention of making a film about Dr. Carl G. Jung. The project was abandoned when Hill decided that Jung was not a good subject. After Hill's death, Jonas M...
Quartet Number One
Quartet Number One (1991) 8 min.
Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol
Documentary portrait of Andy Warhol.
Mob of Angels: Baptism
One hour with a women's drumming group led by Layne Redmond, who has devoted her life to reviving the ancient Mediterranean tradition of women's ceremonial drumming and ritual celebrations. Using one ...
Cenas da Vida de Andy Warhol: Amizades e Interseções
Neste filme, Jonas Mekas narra não só o grande artista pop, Andy Warhol, mas também a excitação social e cultural que girou em torno dele, palpitando a uma batida hipnótica do Velvet Underground.
Step Across the Border
An avant-garde documentary film on English guitarist, composer and improviser Fred Frith
Filmed on Dec. 15, 1990. On a rainy day, I have a walk through the early Soho. I begin my walk on 80 Wooster Street and continue towards the Williamsburg bridge, where, 58 minutes later, still raining...
An experimental short by Beth B. It consists of rapidly intercut close-ups of talking heads reading statements from a Sigmund Freud case history; affidavits attesting to the atrocities of Dr. Josef Me...
Warhol's Cinema 1963-1968: Mirror for the Sixties
Documentary on Andy Warhol's cinema of the sixties, made for Channel 4 in association with The Factory, MOMA and the Whitney Museum of Art and in collaboration with Simon Field.
He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life
A film collage tracing the story of the lives, loves, and deaths within the artistic community surrounding Jonas Mekas.
Invocation: Maya Deren
Maya Deren é uma lenda do cinema de vanguarda. Esta biografia autorizada do carismático cineasta, poeta e antropóloga apresenta trechos de seu pioneiro Malhas da tarde e seu documentário inacabado sob...
"STREET SONGS is a 1966 performance, in France, of a section of the Living Theater's 'Mysteries and Smaller Pieces.' Based on a chance-determined scenario written by Jackson Maclow in 1961, STREET SON...
Made 1965 / 1983 With Kenneth King and Phoebe Neville. "Kenneth King's CUP/SAUCER/TWO DANCERS/RADIO (1964) is an essay in Pop Art style, in which all the elements listed in the title have equal emphas...
The Song of Stockholm
Sightseeing Stockholm offbeat through the lens of Jonas Mekas.
Drawn together from two decades of itinerant shooting in Europe, Travel Songs evokes Jonas Mekas' improvisatory approach to sightseeing, with Assisi, Moscow and Stockholm all filtered through his sing...
No. 18: Mahagonny
Harry Smith’s final film; an epic four-screen projection. Smith worked on this cinematic transformation of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (1929) for over ...
Robert Haller's Wedding
My wedding gift to Robert Haller and Amy Greenfield. The publishers of the Anthology Film Archives are very happy with the making this farce.
Jonas Mekas reflects on his life.
Explores the complex relationship between the spirit, body, and mind. The film is a nightmare with closed eyes because it counts among the most terrible moments of my life, my second exile, which last...
Paradise Not Yet Lost (aka Oona's Third Year)
The film is arranged in six chronologically-ordered parts, each filmed in a different location during Oona's third year.
Cinématon é um filme experimental de 156 horas do diretor francês Gérard Courant. Foi o filme mais longo já lançado até 2011. Composta por 36 anos, de 1978 a 2006, consiste em uma série de mais de 2.8...
Notes for Jerome
In the late 1940s, Jonas Mekas and his brother Adolfas were living in a displaced persons camp in Wisenbaden, Germany, following the end of the Second World War. There, for the first time in their liv...
Footage from 1964-1968 that did not find its way into the Walden reels is joined in this classic period piece. Mostly centered in New York, it also includes travel footage and appearances by David Wis...
‘Rameau’s Nephew’ by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen
Described (rather cheekily) by director Michael Snow as a musical comedy, this deft probing of sound/image relationships is one of his wittiest, most entertaining and philosophically stimulating films...
A home movie by Adolfas Mekas and wife Pola Chapelle on their travels to Lithuania and Europe. It was filmed concurrently with the more highly regarded “Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania” by Jon...
A surreal, half-fiction, half real life footage of a day in the life of John lennon and Yoko Ono, composed to music from John's historic 'Imagine' album and Yoko's 'Fly'.
Reminiscências de uma Viagem para a Lituânia
Este filme mostra a volta dos irmãos Jonas e Adolfas Mekas à sua terra natal, Lituânia. Aparentemente, eles deixaram o país no final da Segunda Guerra Mundial e sofreram várias dificuldades para chega...
Journey to Lithuania
During the trip back to Lithuania, Jonas Mekas made Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania, Adolfas Mekas made Going Home, while Pola Chapelle, Adolfas’ wife, made this Journey to Lithuania, which bo...
The Song of Moscow
Images of Moscow filmed in 1971 as part of Mekas's "Travel Songs" series.
Diaries, Notes, and Sketches
An epic portrait of the New York avant-garde art scene of the 60s.
Iimura creates a short self-portrait as well as brief portraits of five of his peers: Brakhage, Vanderbeek, Smith, Mekas and Warhol. In each portrait, Iimura attempts to copy the styles and traits of ...
A verité portrait of Jonas Mekas making his daily rounds, JONAS shows us the underground impresario attending a peace rally, filming in Central Park, typing up notes at the Village Voice and projectin...
Underground New York
A rare behind-the-scenes view of the exploding New York “underground” in the late sixities, a turbulent time and place that was to change American culture forever. A German TV crew, led by journalist ...
Time & Fortune Vietnam Newsreel
Jonas Mekas zoomed in from a completely different angle for his Time & Fortune Vietnam Newsreel. This fake interview with ‘Lapland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs’ brings an outsider’s perspective t...
The Song of Italy
Part of the series of Travel Songs by Jonas Mekas.
... with real-life portraits of Jayne Mansfield, Frak O'Hara, Ruth Ford, Ned Rorem, Virgil Thomson, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, William Burroughs, Andy Warhol, Rudy Gernreich, Jonas Mekas and o...
The Song of Avila
In 1966 I came up upon a book of Meher Baba, the Indian guru/scientist, in which he said that there are three great holy places in Europe: Avila, Assisi, and Fatima. In 1967, I decided to visit Avila ...
For Life, Against the War
First shown on January 30, 1967, FOR LIFE AGAINST THE WAR was an open-call, collective statement from American independent filmmakers disparate in style and sensibility but united by their opposition ...
The Song of Assisi
Part of the series of Travel Songs by Jonas Mekas
The Italian Notebook
A record of a journey through Italy, filmed in 1967.
A short film from Jonas Mekas depicting an afternoon in New York of people joining in singing "Hare Hare"
“After seeing Taylor Mead’s diaries I can’t look around myself anymore. There is so much to see! So now I sit with my back to nature, like Gertrude Stein.” – Julian Beck, The Living Theatre, Paris.
The Velvet Underground: Psychiatrist's Convention, NYC, 1966
The Velvet Underground's first public appearance, filmed in Super 8 at a Psychiatrist's Convention, at the Delmonico Hotel, New York, January 14, 1966. Andy Warhol was invited to speak at the annual b...
The Love Merchant
Biker Click procures lovely willing young women for decadent millionaire playboy Kendall Harvey III. Kendall sets his sights on Peggy Johns as his next conquest, but the married and straight-laced Peg...
Report from Millbrook
An oblique documentary about the LSD group experiments of Timothy Leary, with off screen commentary of a participant and shots of Leary's house and the surroundings.
Estava a visitar Jerome Hill. Jerome amava a França, especialmente a Provença. Ele passou todos os seus verões em Cassis. A minha janela vislumbrava o mar. Sentei-me no meu pequeno quarto, lendo ou es...
In March and April of 1966, Markopoulos created this filmic portrait of writers and artists from his New York circle, including Parker Tyler, W. H. Auden, Jasper Johns, Susan Sontag, Storm De Hirsch, ...
Film Magazine of the Arts
"In Spring, 1963 Show Magazine called me and asked that I make a film on arts in New York. I told them, why did they want me to make it - didn't they know I was a bit unusual? ... 'We want something u...
A single shot of the Empire State Building from early evening until nearly 3 am the next day.
Two nuns take a bath, then meet a sailor on the Staten Island Ferry.
Andy Warhol Screen Tests
The films were made between 1964 and 1966 at Warhol's Factory studio in New York City. Subjects were captured in stark relief by a strong key light, and filmed by Warhol with his stationary 16mm Bolex...
Jonas in the Brig
A newsreel of Jonas Mekas shooting his filmed version of The Brig on the set of the Living Theatre production.
Award Presentation to Andy Warhol
In 1964 Film Culture magazine chose Andy Warhol for its annual Independent Film award. The plan was to show some of Andy's films and have Andy come on stage and hand him the award. Andy said, no, he d...
An ultra-realistic depiction of life in a Marine Corps brig (or jail) at a camp in Japan in 1957. Marine prisoners are awakened and put through work details for the course of a single day, submitting ...
The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man
The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man" is a high art underground film made on a super-low budget, silent, and in black and white. Filmmaker Ron Rice announced it as a three-hour epic, but the longest ...
Hallelujah the Hills
Jack and Leo vie for the affections of Vera- who appears a little differently to each man- over the course of a series of energetic sketches, flashbacks and homages.
Diane the Zebra Woman
Diane the Zebra Woman follows four women’s misadventures through the streets of NYC 1962. All played by Flame [Schon], the characters consist of The Detective, The Mother, The Child, and the Medium (G...
Wien & Mozart
Em 1971, Jonas Mekas foi autorizado pelas autoridades soviéticas a visitar sua mãe na Lituânia que ele não tinha visto por 27 anos. Na sua viagem de regresso, ele foi para Viena pela primeira vez. Ele...
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