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Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas (1922-) is a Lithuanian filmmaker, writer, and curator who has often been called the godfather of American avant-garde cinema. He was the founder of the Anthology Film Archives, the Filmmaker's Cooperative and Film Culture magazine.

During the Second World War, Mekas was held in displaced persons camps before emigrating to the United States with his brother, Adolfas Mekas, in 1949.

Though his narrative films and documentaries are still highly regarded, he is best known for his diary films, such as Walden (1969), Lost, Lost, Lost (1975), Reminiscences of a Voyage to Lithuania (1972), and Zefiro Torna (1992). In 2001, he released a five-hour long diary film entitled As I Was Moving Ahead, Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty, assembled by hand from an archive of fifty years worth of recordings of his life

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Jonas Mekas Facts

BirthdayDecember 24, 1922 (98)

Selected Filmography

Not available.