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Jonas Mekas

“In Lithuania, I am known as a poet, and they don’t care about my cinema. In Europe they don’t know my poetry; in Europe, I am a filmmaker. But here, in the United States, I am only a maverick!”

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    REMINISCENCES OF A JOURNEY TO LITHUANIA

    Jonas Mekas United States, 1972

    Jonas Mekas’ second diary film lovingly records a return to his native Lithuania after 27 years of absence. The émigré avant-garde pioneer negotiates the trauma of being a “displaced person” by weaving together bittersweet memories with moments of beauty and loss: finding a home in cinema forever.

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    AS I WAS MOVING AHEAD OCCASIONALLY I SAW BRIEF GLIMPSES OF BEAUTY

    Jonas Mekas United States, 2000

    Avant-garde pioneer Jonas Mekas’ epic film diary is a towering monument to intimacy, memory, and art making. Through animated handheld camerawork and in-camera editing, Mekas warmly captures a cohort of artist friends (Warhol! Brakhage! Paik! Ginsberg!), and brief yet exquisite moments of beauty.

    LOST, LOST, LOST

    Jonas Mekas United States, 1976

    A deeply personal, delightfully idiosyncratic, remarkably free-ranging, and ultimately powerfully searching diary film from Jonas Mekas. An interpretive chronicle of the Lithuanian’s struggle to find a sense of home in mid-century Brooklyn, it’s a profound expression of longing and hope.

    SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF ANDY WARHOL: FRIENDSHIPS AND INTERSECTIONS

    Jonas Mekas United States, 1990

    A career-spanning chronicle of one of Jonas Mekas’ contemporaries: the American artist Andy Warhol. In diaries between 1962 and 1982, Mekas captures his everyday life, celebrity, and friends, among them: The Velvet Underground, John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

    TRAVEL SONGS

    Jonas Mekas United States, 1981

    Our avant-garde hero Jonas Mekas ventures outside his usual N.Y.C. for this travelogue across Europe: a compilation of short films shot between 1967 and 1981. Excerpts of Mekas’s diaries, read in voiceover by Angus MacLise, accompany Mekas’s typically pensive, typically tender 16mm footage.

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