Hey, if it’s Christmas Eve, then it’s time to celebrate the birthday of a very jolly old soul, Jonas Mekas, the Godfather of Underground Film. Face it, without Jonas promoting the underground as fiercely as he did back in the ’60s, then most of us who are into this unique art form probably wouldn’t be here celebrating it, much less making it. So, here’s to you Jonas, who turns 92 today!
And now a little dinner music courtesy of the short diary video In Solidarity With Tartars and Ukraina by Jonas Mekas, who captures a lively performance by roaming musicians. The where, the why, the wherefore are all unimportant. All that matters here is the energy of the moment captured by a master video diarist.
Let’s wish an astounding 91 Happy Birthday wishes to Jonas Mekas, the godfather of underground film! To celebrate, let’s listen to some of Jonas’s own words of wisdom from 2007 and hope that it changes some minds in the process!
Founder of the Anthology Film Archives and the Film-makers’ Cooperative. Godfather of underground film. Icon. Jonas Mekas turns 90 years old today.
Announcing the Nov. 2012 DVD release of the films of Jonas Mekas, available as individual titles and in a handsome box set.
It appears that a Jonas Mekas DVD box set is in the works. However, it’s most likely only going to be available for European movie lovers.
Influential film critic Andrew Sarris, who passed away June 20, met his wife Molly Haskell at a screening of Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising.
On Feb. 11, 2012, the Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn, New York screened long lost films by iconic and hugely influential underground filmmaker Jack Smith was screened.
Jonas Mekas was born on this day in 1922 in Semeniskiai, Lithuania. Watch a cilp from one of his latest films to help celebrate this special day!
Rescued from the jaws of limbo, the Denver Underground Film Festival comes roaring back to life for three days of short films and one intense feature-length documentary. The fest runs Nov. 11-13 at the Unitarian Society of Denver. The feature doc screening on the fest’s last night is Iconoclast, Larry Wessel‘s epic profile of musician […]