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September 15, 2019 – October 26, 2019

Pioneering 16mm filmmaker Jonas Mekas, who lived a long and fruitful life, died earlier this year at the age of 96. Mekas, a leading light of not only filmmaking but of living as an artist in the contemporary world, forged a career from his own experiences, often filming his immediate surroundings, friends, family, and acquaintances. With this series running through the end of 2019, we pay tribute to Mekas through his diary films—a major body of work full of beauty and wisdom. “We need less perfect but more free films.”—Jonas Mekas.

Sun, Sep 29

Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania

Directed by Jonas Mekas

In the early 1970s, Mekas returned to his homeland, Lithuania, with trusty Bolex 16mm camera in hand, creating this diary

Sat, Oct 12

Lost, Lost, Lost

Directed by Jonas Mekas

Covering the years 1949-1963, this trove of “lost” material features Mekas’s arrival in New York and the subsequent hand-to-mouth years;

Sat, Oct 26

Paradise Not Yet Lost, or Oona’s Third Year

Directed by Jonas Mekas

Mekas’s fourth major diary film was shot in 1977, the third year of his daughter Oona’s life, in which they

Diaries, Notes, and Sketches (aka Walden)

Directed by Jonas Mekas

Mekas’s first major diary film is a vibrant portrait of underground filmmaking in the 1960s, and sees the filmmaker developing