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Jonas Mekas: Poetry of the Everyday

Jonas Mekas: Poetry of the Everyday

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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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 NYC 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.

GUNS OF THE TREES

Jonas Mekas United States, 1962

In this deft debut, the avant-garde pioneer paints an existential portrait of angsty beatniks revolting at the edges of American society. Starring Ben Carruthers (Shadows), Jonas Mekas’ visually bold, poetically fractured gem of the New American Cinema exults in ecstatic highs and cavernous lows.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JOHN

Jonas Mekas United States, 1995

Shot in 1972, Jonas Mekas’s short documentary diary juxtaposes footage from an exhibition of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s work with the celebrations of Lennon’s 32nd birthday party—bringing us up close with several friends, including bandmate Ringo Starr, Andy Warhol, and Allen Ginsberg.

THIS SIDE OF PARADISE

Jonas Mekas United States, 1999

Subtitled “Fragments of an Unfinished Biography,” this powerful—and surprising—short documentary from Jonas Mekas presents unprecedented footage from the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, in the several summers following the assassination of her husband. Another exemplary portrait by Mekas.

SCENES FROM ALLEN'S LAST THREE DAYS ON EARTH AS A SPIRIT

Jonas Mekas United States, 1997

After featuring Beat poet Allen Ginsberg (Howl) in many of his impressionistic documentary shorts throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Jonas Mekas here captures his last encounter—and last conversation—with Ginsberg in 1997, before his Buddhist wake ceremony prepares his travel into the spirit world.