Jonas Mekas

  • Jonas Mekas – The Velvet Underground & Nico – Super 8 Films (1966)

    1961-1970ArthouseExperimentalJonas MekasUSA


    This is recomended for only the DIE HARD interested in taking a peak at the Factory scene and the Velvet Underground. The Velvet Underground and Nico are present in this film and their sound is distorted if it is there at all. The sound does not sync up with the film. Also in the crowd are Andy Warhol, Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Rubin, Tuli Kupferberg, Peter Orlovsky, Ed Sanders, Gererd Malanga and Storm De Hirsch.Read More »

  • Jonas Mekas – Guns of the Trees (1961)

    1961-1970DramaExperimentalJonas MekasUSA

    Four young people are trying to understand why their friend, a young woman, committed a suicide. A film made up of disconnected scenes weaving between past and present. The title of the film comes from a poem by Stuart Perkoff which tells that some young people felt (around 1960) that everything is against them, so much that even the trees in the parks and streets seemed to them like guns pointing at their very existence.
    – Jonas MekasRead More »

  • Jonas Mekas – Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972) (HD)

    1971-1980DocumentaryExperimentalJonas MekasUSA

    Documenting Mekas’s return to the Lithuanian village of his birth, Semeniškiai, for the first time since he and his brother Adolfas escaped from German labor camps and emigrated to the United States in the late 1940s, Reminiscences is arguably the greatest achievement within Mekas’s exploration of the film-diary form. We begin in Williamsburg with footage shot by Mekas with his first Bolex of his and Adolfas’s first years in exile, before skipping ahead to the brothers’ return to Lithuania in 1971, their reunions with family members, their experience of their home country as displaced people, and finally, their visit to the labor camp near Hamburg where they were imprisoned during World War II.Read More »

  • Jonas Mekas – Cassis (1966)

    USA1961-1970ExperimentalJonas MekasShort Film

    Max Goldberg wrote:
    Cassis collapses a full day on the Mediterranean into a dazzling five-minute sketch. Time-lapse photography revels in the endless variations of atmosphere and light, with motorboats and sailboats sweeping across the bay like wind-up toys. The sudden flare of a lighthouse marks the end of the day (and, with it, Jonas Mekas’s gorgeous film)Read More »

  • Jonas Mekas – Happy Birthday to John (1997)

    1991-2000DocumentaryExperimentalJonas MekasUSA

    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 unusual group of John’s and Yoko’s friends, including Ringo, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Krasner, and many others, gathered to celebrate John’s birthday. This film is a visual and audio record of that event.Read More »

  • Jonas Mekas – As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000)

    1991-2000DocumentaryExperimentalJonas MekasUSA

    Jonas Mekas:
    My film diaries 1970-1979: my marriage, children are born, you see them growing up. Footage of daily life, fragments of happiness and beauty, trips to France, Italy, Spain, Austria. Seasons of the year as they pass through New York. Friends, home life, nature, unending search for moments of beauty and celebration of life friendships, feelings, brief moments of happiness. The film is also my love poem to New York. It’s the ultimate Dogme movie, before the birth of Dogme.Read More »

  • Jonas Mekas – Walden – Diaries Notes and Sketches (1964)

    USA1961-1970DocumentaryExperimentalJonas Mekas

    Jonas Mekas, the godfather of American “underground” cinema, shot literally miles of impromptu film on a tiny, touch-and-go Bolex camera before assembling his first “diary film” and screening it before an audience of friends and fellow indie artists in 1969. At that point the home-movie ethos was somewhat less than groundbreaking, but a glance at what Mekas’s contemporaries were working on or releasing at the time—Kenneth Anger was ensconced in off-and-on production for Lucifer Rising, Stan Brakhage was toiling on the 8mm Songs cycle, and Paul Morrissey had just morphed the Warhol aesthetic into the zeitgeist-preaching Flesh—suggests just how perpendicular his project stood in relation to the remainder of the bicoastal art-house scene. Read More »

  • Jonas Mekas – A Letter from Greenpoint (2005)

    2001-2010DocumentaryExperimentalJonas MekasUSA

    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 more time than any other place, and which was also
    the place of my family life. I am somewhere else now. It’s about beginning of growing roots in a new place, new home, with new friends, new thoughts,
    experiences.Read More »

  • Jonas Mekas – In Between (1978)

    Jonas Mekas1971-1980DocumentaryExperimentalUSA

    “Filmed in 1964-1968. Edited in 1978. The material for this film is footage that didn’t find a place in the WALDEN reels. Some of it begins in between LOST, LOST, LOST and WALDEN. It’s mostly New York, and some travel footage. The City friends: Richard Foreman, Amy Taubin, Mel Lyman, Peter Beard, David Wise, Andrew Meyer, Salvador Dali, Jerome Hill, David Stone and Barbara Stone, my brother Adolfas filming DOUBLE BARRELLED DETECTIVE STORY, Diane di Prima, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Ed Sanders, Gordon Ball, Henry Romney, Jack Smith, Shirley Clarke, Louis Brigante, Jane Holzer, etc. etc. It’s a period piece. The sounds were recorded about the same time. Bits of radio music, bits of records, my own voice, and voices of my friends. Mel Lyman playing playing banjo on the roof on 23rd Street was actually recorded on the roof, with the wind blowing into the mike.” -Jonas MekasRead More »

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