Jonas Mekas (1922–2019)


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Jonas Mekas, born December 24, 1922, Semeniskiai, Birzai, Lithuania, is a director, cinematographer, editor, writer, actor, poet, artist and publicist. More than 60 years of tireless work in film, arts and media has earned him the epithet "The Godfather of American Avant-Garde Cinema". In 1944 Jonas Mekas left Lithuania, with his brother Adolfas, ... See full bio »

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 2013 Reminiszenzen aus Deutschland (Documentary short)
 2011 My Mars Bar Movie (Documentary)
 2011 Sleepless Nights Stories (Documentary)
 2010 WTC Haikus (Documentary short)
 2010 42 One Dream Rush (Short)
 2007 Day Nine (Documentary short)
 2005 A Letter from Greenpoint (Documentary)
 2002-2003 Die Nacht/La Nuit (TV Series documentary) (2 episodes)
 2003 Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Short)
 2001 Elvis (Short)
 2001 Wien & Mozart (Short)
 1999 This Side of Paradise (Short documentary)
 1998 Song of Avignon (Video short)
 1997 Birth of a Nation (Documentary)
 1997 Happy Birthday to John (Documentary short)
 1995 Imperfect Three Image Films (Video short)
 1991 Quartet Number One (Video short)
 1990 Self Portrait (Short)
 1981 The Song of Stockholm (Documentary short)
 1978 In Between
 1978 Notes for Jerome (Documentary)
 1976 Lost, Lost, Lost (Documentary)
 1971 The Song of Moscow (Documentary short)
 1969 Diaries Notes and Sketches (Documentary)
 1967 The Song of Assisi (Documentary short)
 1967 The Song of Italy (Documentary short)
 1967 The Song of Avila (Documentary short)
 1966 Cassis (Documentary short)
 1966 Hare Krishna (Short)
 1966 Notes on the Circus (Documentary short)
 1966 Report from Millbrook (Documentary short)
 1964 Award Presentation to Andy Warhol (Documentary short)
 1964 Salvador Dali at Work (Documentary short)
 1964 The Brig
 1963 Film Magazine of the Arts (Short)
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Other Works:

Established the Anthology Film Archives in New York City where he still works. The Anthology is regarded to be the centre of avant-film in New York, and possibly the world.

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 1 Print Biography | 2 Articles | See more »

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Personal Quote:

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!

Trivia:

Father of Sebastian Mekas. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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