2022
May2022
Through May 2
Jonas Mekas' film program at The Busan International Short Film Festival
Screening
South Korea, Busan
Screening
South Korea, Busan
Venue:

Busan Cinema Center, 120,
Suyeong Gangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu,
Busan 48058, South Korea

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Lithuania has been chosen as guest country of the 39th Busan International Short Film Festival in South Korea’s largest port city of Busan. The 39th Busan International Short Film Festival announced that Lithuania was selected as the Guest Country, which celebrated its 11th anniversary this year.

The film festival aims to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of director Jonas Mekas, a master of experimental film from Lithuania, who left a big footprint in the experimental film industry as the reason for being selected as this year’s guest country, and to expand the film to areas that have not been easily accessed.

More information available here.

Jonas Mekas
Jonas Mekas
03-31
Film-Makers’ Cinematheque: experimental film programs at Anthology Film Archives
Screening
United States, New York
Screening
United States, New York
Venue:

Anthology Film Archives,
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd St.),
New York, NY 10003 USA

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This spring the Jewish Museum presents “Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running”, a major exhibition celebrating the centenary of filmmaker, poet, artist, and Anthology Film Archives co-founder Jonas Mekas. From 1963-70, Mekas and his collaborators organized dozens and dozens of experimental film programs, under the auspices of an organization that was known briefly as the Film-Maker’s Showcase before adopting its permanent name, the Film-Makers’ Cinematheque. 

Renewing Anthology Film Archives collaboration with the Jewish Museum more than fifty years after the final Film-Makers’ Cinematheque program, Anthology will present a series of screenings throughout May that will (as much as possible) recreate a selection of the Cinematheque programs that took place there in 1968-70. These programs focus on filmmakers who were notably omitted from the Essential Cinema cycle, demonstrating the breadth of programming presented by the Film-Makers’ Cinematheque, as well as the extraordinary vitality of the experimental film scene of the time.

More information available here.

04
7:00 pm
Screening of the film “Walden” by Jonas Mekas at the Zita Folkets Bio cinema in Stockholm
Screening
Sweden, Stockholm
Screening
Sweden, Stockholm
Venue:

Art House Cinema Zita Folkets Bio,
Birger Jarlsgatan 37,
111 45 Stockholm, Sweden

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jonas Meka’s birth, Film i Samtidskonsten is showing his film “Walden” (1968) at the Zita cinema in Stockholm. Jonas Mekas extreme focus on everyday events, faces and details becomes a celebration of life – and a way of reclaiming film. The film will be introduced by Isabella Tjäder, curator at Index Konsthall. The film is shown on 16 mm.

“I make home movies – therefore I live. I live – therefore I make home movies.” says Jonas Mekas in his most acclaimed film “Walden”.

More information click here.

Still from film “Walden” (1968) by Jonas Mekas
Still from film “Walden” (1968) by Jonas Mekas
Through Jun 5
Exhibition “Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running” at The Jewish Museum
Exhibition
United States, New York
Exhibition
United States, New York

The Jewish Museum presents the first U.S. museum survey of the Lithuanian-born filmmaker, poet, critic, and institution-builder Jonas Mekas who helped shape the avant-garde in New York City and beyond.

Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running explores the breadth and import of Mekas’s life, art, and legacy in the field of the moving image. Coinciding with the centennial of his birth, the exhibition surveys Mekas’s 70-year career and includes 11 films presented in an immersive environment, photography, and previously unseen archival materials.

This exhibition is organized by guest curator Kelly Taxter, with Kristina Parsons, Leon Levy Curatorial Assistant, the Jewish Museum.

For more information please follow the link here.

Grid of stills from film “Walden (Diaries, Notes, and Sketches)" by Jonas Mekas (1969). Estate of Jonas Mekas
Grid of stills from film “Walden (Diaries, Notes, and Sketches)" by Jonas Mekas (1969). Estate of Jonas Mekas
07
Through Jun 2
1:00 pm
Exhibition "Frozen Light of Jonas Mekas" and Jonas Mekas books presentation at Valencia's International Photography school "Espai d'Art Fotogràfic"
Exhibition
Spain, Valencia
Exhibition
Spain, Valencia
Venue:

Valencia’s International Photography school “Espai d’Art Fotogràfic”,
Carrer del Torn de l’Hospital 19, 46001 Valencia, Spain

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At the exhibition “Frozen Light of Jonas Mekas”, visitors will be able to see the photographs of Hollis Melton. During the opening there will be presented two books by Jonas Mekas: “I Had Nowhere to Go” and “Scrapbook of the Sixties: Writings 1954–2010”. The presentation of the books will be in Spanish.

Jonas Mekas
Jonas Mekas
07
10:00 am
Screening of "As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty" at Valencia's International Photography school "Espai d'Art Fotogràfic"
Screening
Spain, Valencia
Screening
Spain, Valencia
Venue:

Valencia’s International Photography school “Espai d’Art Fotogràfic”,
Carrer del Torn de l’Hospital 19, 46001 Valencia, Spain

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“As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty” – poetic, non-chronological film diary of Jonas Mekas. Footage of daily life, fragments of happiness and beauty, trips to Italy, Spain, Austria, France. Celebration of life, nature, friendships, feelings.

I part
11:00 Screening of “As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty” at Valencia’s International Photography school “Espai d’Art Fotogràfic” (2 hours approx.)

II part
15:00 Screening of “As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty” at Valencia’s International Photography school “Espai d’Art Fotogràfic” (2 hours approx.)

Still from the film "As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty" (2000) by Jonas Mekas
Still from the film "As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty" (2000) by Jonas Mekas
07
8:00 pm
Screening of "Back from New York" at the Documentary Film Festival DocsValència
Screening
Spain, Valencia
Screening
Spain, Valencia

From bohemian life in New York with their master Jonas Mekas, back to rural Lithuania. Documentary film “Back From New York” by Ramunė Rakauskaitė tells a story of two artists, who flee to New York where they met with their guru Jonas Mekas, the creator of avant-garde filmmaking.

Two screenings of this film is foreseen in the programme of DocsValència:
– On 7th May, 20:00h the screening will be introduced by Arūnas Matelis, the producer of film.
– On 11th May 20:00h.

More information available here.

Through May 7
Exhibition "To New York With Love" at the Film Gallery
Exhibition
France, Paris
Exhibition
France, Paris
Venue:

The Film Gallery,
43 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin,
75010 Paris, France

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Programmed to celebrate the centennial of Jonas Mekas, Jonas Mekas 100!, the exhibition “To New York With Love” presents 21 offset lithographs and the screening of the film As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses Of Beauty, 2000, 288 min by Jonas Mekas.

The 21 offset lithographs, “To New York With Love”, is a sensitive tribute to the city, a gift of poetic reminiscences to its viewers. Mekas’s images – which range from seemingly banal pictures of teens playing in Central Park to Rockefeller Center’s bedazzled Christmas tree – retain the compositional form of the film strip.

The opening of the exhibition and the presentation of the Jonas Mekas book “I Seem to Live: The New York Diaries, 1969–2011: Volume 2” will take place on 14 April, at the Film Gallery at 6pm.

More information to follow.

Through May 8
Online screening of the film “Songs of Stockholm” by Jonas Mekas at the Film i Samtidskonsten
Screening
Sweden, Stockholm
Screening
Sweden, Stockholm

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jonas Meka’s birth, Film i Samtidskonsten is showing his film “Songs of Stockholm” (1980). A short film about the city of Stockholm through the lens of Jonas Mekas. 

The film is available on the online platform Film i Samtidskonsten.

More information click here.

 

Through May 8
100th Anniversary of the Birth of Jonas Mekas at the Cinematheque Seoul Art Cinema
Screening
South Korea, Seoul
Screening
South Korea, Seoul
Venue:

Cinematheque Seoul Art Cinema,
3 Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea

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During the festival period, director and experimental film specialist Pip Chodorov, Sebastian Mekas son of Jonas Mekas, and director Julius Ziz, who also contributes to the organization of the centennial program “Jonas Mekas 100!”, will visit the festival and share stories about Jonas Mekas’ films. In addition, film critic Youngbin Kwak and critic Yunseong Yoo prepared an in-depth lecture on the questions about Jonas Mekas’ films. In memory of Jonas Mekas, 7 of his films will be shown at the festival.

More information is available here.

10
8:15 pm
Screening of Jonas Mekas' film "Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania“ at the Documentary film festival DocsValència at the València Cinematheque
Screening
Spain, Valencia
Screening
Spain, Valencia

Jonas Mekas’ “Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania ” is a diary film of a trip that he took back to his birthplace of Semeniškiai, Lithuania in 1971 after a 27-year absence.

More information available here.

Still from film "Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania" (1972) by Jonas Mekas
Still from film "Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania" (1972) by Jonas Mekas
12
8:30 pm
Screening of Jonas Mekas' film "Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania“ at the Documentary film festival DocsValència at the València Cinematheque
Screening
Spain, Valencia
Screening
Spain, Valencia

Jonas Mekas’ “Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania ” is a diary film of a trip that he took back to his birthplace of Semeniškiai, Lithuania in 1971 after a 27-year absence.

More information available here.

Still from film "Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania" (1972) by Jonas Mekas
Still from film "Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania" (1972) by Jonas Mekas
Through Jun 12
"Happy Birthday, Jonas Mekas!". Screening of "Guns of the Trees" at Sprengel Museum Hannover
Screening
Germany, Hannover
Screening
Germany, Hannover
Venue:

Sprengel Museum Hannover,
Kurt-Schwitters-Platz,
30169 Hannover, Germany

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On the occasion of Jonas Mekas’ 100th birthday, the Sprengel Museum Hannover honors the artist by presenting his films in an exhibition space during the year.

From 15 April to 12 June the visitors of museum will have an opportunity to watch the film by Jonas Mekas and Adolfas Mekas “Guns of the Trees” (1961). Film starts at 10:30 / 12:00 / 13:30 / 15:00 / 16:30 / 18:00.

From 17 June to 31 July the film “The Brig” (1964) and from 5 August to 11 September the film “Lost, Lost, Lost” (1976) will be on display at Sprengel Museum Hannover.

For more information visit the link here.

Still from the film "Guns of the Trees" (1961) by Jonas Mekas
Still from the film "Guns of the Trees" (1961) by Jonas Mekas
14
3:00 pm
Reel poetics: Jonas Mekas & his cinematic circle at the Monira Foundation
Screening
United States, Jersey City
Screening
United States, Jersey City
Venue:

Monira Foundation
888 Newark Ave. 5th Floor,
Jersey City NJ 07306, USA

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Three programs that will consist of one of Jonas Mekas’ feature films that speaks to his mission of personal cinema. He believed that everyone could and should create a film. Each title will be paired with a different filmmaker whose radical or visionary work Jonas invited into the FMC collection in order to ensure the visibility that he believed these masterpieces of cinema deserve. Curated by MM Serra, filmmaker, Executive director of Film-Makers.

Films to be screened:

“Tales of Visions of Community with MM Serra: To Jonas, with Love” (2021), 9 min.
“Outtakes from the Life of a Happy Man” (2012), 68 min. (Jonas Mekas)
“Remembrance: A Portrait Study” (1967), 6 min. (Edward Owens)
“Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts” (1968–70), 6 min. (Edward Owens)

More information available here.

18
7:00 pm
Screening of the film “Outtakes From The Life Of A Happy Man” by Jonas Mekas at the Zita Folkets Bio cinema in Stockholm
Screening
Sweden, Stockholm
Screening
Sweden, Stockholm
Venue:

Art House Cinema Zita Folkets Bio,
Birger Jarlsgatan 37,
111 45 Stockholm, Sweden

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jonas Meka’s birth, Film i Samtidskonsten is showing his film “Outtakes From The Life Of A Happy Man” (2012) at the Zita cinema in Stockholm.

Jonas Mekas sits with his projector and looks at images from his life. It’s a huge material, almost impossible to appreciate the scope of. According to a recently published catalogue of his work, there are 92 finished (and unfinished) films. As long as Jonas Mekas was alive, he was reworking and creating. In the film “Outtakes From The Life Of A Happy Man”, he collects the fragments that make up life. 

More information click here.

20
Through Jun 2
Photo exhibition on Jonas Mekas at the Estonian House Stockholm
Exhibition
Sweden, Stockholm
Exhibition
Sweden, Stockholm
Venue:

Estonian House Stockholm,
Wallingatan 34, 111 24 Stockholm, Sweden

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A joint photo exhibition portraying Jonas Mekas is open to public at Estonian House in Stockholm (from 12.00 to 15.00) presenting the moments of his life from two perspectives.

“The Frozen Light of Jonas Mekas” portrays photos taken by Mekas’ wife Hollis Melton, frozen images from Mekas’ films, and drawings. The images show the most important and dearest people to this filmmaker – including his wife, kids, his parents and relatives. As well as his friends from the art world – Andy Warhol, John Lennon together with Yoko Ono, and George Mačiūnas.

The second part of the joint exhibition “Everyday Life of Jonas” is showcasing images by the photographer Arūnas Kulikauskas, who had worked with Mekas for over 10 years. Over the time spent together, he managed to capture images of the legendary filmmaker at his home, in bars, and in the streets of New York.

Jonas Mekas, 2000. Photo by Arūnas Kulikauskas
Jonas Mekas, 2000. Photo by Arūnas Kulikauskas
26
Through Jun 15
Jonas Mekas' Cinematic Work Retrospective at Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival
Screening
Greece, Athens
Screening
Greece, Athens
Venue:

Greek Film Archive,
Iera Odos 48 & Megalou Alexandrou 134-136 Athens, 104 35 Keramikos, Greece

Organizers:

The 12th Avant-Garde Film Festival on the occasion of the centennial of Jonas Mekas’ birth, pays homage to one of the leading figures of American avant-garde filmmaking.

“Jonas Mekas’ Cinematic Work Retrospective” program consists of “Guns of the trees” (1961), “Walden (Diaries, Notes, and Sketches)” (1970), “Reminiscences of a journey to Lithuania” (1972), “Lost lost lost” (1976), “As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty” (2000), “Outtakes From The Life Of A Happy Man” (2012) by Jonas Mekas.

More information available here and here.

June2022
01
5:30 pm
Screening of the film by Jonas Mekas and discussion at the Kraków Film Festival
Screening
Poland, Kraków
Screening
Poland, Kraków
Venue:

Małopolski Ogród Sztuki
Rajska 12, 31-124 Kraków, Poland

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Special screening of “Outtakes From The Life Of A Happy Man” by Jonas Mekas is a record of the fleeting moments of the great artist, who received the Dragon of Dragons in Krakow in 2010 and would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. The screening will conclude with a unique meeting as part of the new Kraków Film Festival Talks series. Marcin Borchardt, an outstanding director and documentary filmmaker, and Professor Bogdan de Barbaro, a renowned psychiatrist and therapist, will talk about happiness.

More information available here.

Still from “Outtakes From The Life Of A Happy Man” (2012) by Jonas Mekas
Still from “Outtakes From The Life Of A Happy Man” (2012) by Jonas Mekas
01
Book by Andrzej Pitrus “Krótkie przebłyski piękna. Spotkania z Jonasem Mekasem“
Publication
Poland, Wrocław
Publication
Poland, Wrocław
Venue:

New Horizons International Film Festival 2022

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First monography of Jonas Mekas’ work in Polish, accompanying the retrospective at the New Horizons International Film Festival 2022. Mekas spoke first person singular in his film and was a virtuoso of home movies. His work relates to meetings and people and teach how to look with caution for ‘glimpses of beauty’, small, easily disregarded things. Andrzej Pitrus believes that referring the work of the Lithuanian artist asks for a specific approach: he remains in the sphere of Mekas’ sensibility and adapted the collage-like and fragmentary nature of his written and cinematic works. The chapters are to a lesser extent complete analyses and interpretations of particular Mekas’ pieces but rather they dialogue with the words of the artist, whose selected poetry, diaries and critical texts are enclosed within the book. In Mekas’ vein Pitrus adds personal elements and recounts in the book.

Through Jun 2
1:00 pm
Exhibition "Frozen Light of Jonas Mekas" and Jonas Mekas books presentation at Valencia's International Photography school "Espai d'Art Fotogràfic"
Exhibition
Spain, Valencia
Exhibition
Spain, Valencia
Venue:

Valencia’s International Photography school “Espai d’Art Fotogràfic”,
Carrer del Torn de l’Hospital 19, 46001 Valencia, Spain

Organizers:
Partners:

At the exhibition “Frozen Light of Jonas Mekas”, visitors will be able to see the photographs of Hollis Melton. During the opening there will be presented two books by Jonas Mekas: “I Had Nowhere to Go” and “Scrapbook of the Sixties: Writings 1954–2010”. The presentation of the books will be in Spanish.

Jonas Mekas
Jonas Mekas
Through Jun 2
Photo exhibition on Jonas Mekas at the Estonian House Stockholm
Exhibition
Sweden, Stockholm
Exhibition
Sweden, Stockholm
Venue:

Estonian House Stockholm,
Wallingatan 34, 111 24 Stockholm, Sweden

Organizers:
Partners:

A joint photo exhibition portraying Jonas Mekas is open to public at Estonian House in Stockholm (from 12.00 to 15.00) presenting the moments of his life from two perspectives.

“The Frozen Light of Jonas Mekas” portrays photos taken by Mekas’ wife Hollis Melton, frozen images from Mekas’ films, and drawings. The images show the most important and dearest people to this filmmaker – including his wife, kids, his parents and relatives. As well as his friends from the art world – Andy Warhol, John Lennon together with Yoko Ono, and George Mačiūnas.

The second part of the joint exhibition “Everyday Life of Jonas” is showcasing images by the photographer Arūnas Kulikauskas, who had worked with Mekas for over 10 years. Over the time spent together, he managed to capture images of the legendary filmmaker at his home, in bars, and in the streets of New York.

Jonas Mekas, 2000. Photo by Arūnas Kulikauskas
Jonas Mekas, 2000. Photo by Arūnas Kulikauskas
Through Jun 5
Exhibition “Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running” at The Jewish Museum
Exhibition
United States, New York
Exhibition
United States, New York

The Jewish Museum presents the first U.S. museum survey of the Lithuanian-born filmmaker, poet, critic, and institution-builder Jonas Mekas who helped shape the avant-garde in New York City and beyond.

Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running explores the breadth and import of Mekas’s life, art, and legacy in the field of the moving image. Coinciding with the centennial of his birth, the exhibition surveys Mekas’s 70-year career and includes 11 films presented in an immersive environment, photography, and previously unseen archival materials.

This exhibition is organized by guest curator Kelly Taxter, with Kristina Parsons, Leon Levy Curatorial Assistant, the Jewish Museum.

For more information please follow the link here.

Grid of stills from film “Walden (Diaries, Notes, and Sketches)" by Jonas Mekas (1969). Estate of Jonas Mekas
Grid of stills from film “Walden (Diaries, Notes, and Sketches)" by Jonas Mekas (1969). Estate of Jonas Mekas
07
6:30 pm
Book presentation "Jonas Mekas: I Seem to Live. The New York Diaries, 1950-2011" at Sprengel Museum Hannover
Discussion
Germany, Hanover
Discussion
Germany, Hanover
Venue:

Sprengel Museum Hannover, Blue Box,
Kurt-Schwitters-Platz,
30169 Hanover, Germany

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Partners:

Anne König, editor and publisher of Spector Books, in conversation with Inka Schube, curator at Sprengel Museum Hannover, on the recently published second volume of Jonas Mekas’ autobiography Jonas Mekas: I Seem to Live. The New York Diaries, 1950-2011.

More information on this event will be available here.

"I Seem To Live: The New York Diaries, 1969-2011", vol. 2 by Jonas Mekas. Published by Spector Books
"I Seem To Live: The New York Diaries, 1969-2011", vol. 2 by Jonas Mekas. Published by Spector Books
10
"Diaries, Notes and Sketches" DVD/Blu-ray boxset released by Re:Voir
Publication
France, Paris
Publication
France, Paris
Venue:

Re:Voir,
43 rue du Faubourg Saint Martin,
75010 Paris, France

Organizers:

Released by Re:Voir Vidéo, this new deluxe boxset brings together 8 volumes of the “diary films” of Jonas Mekas in Blu-ray and DVD.

Mekas perfected a poetic, personal technique of filming his daily life in short bursts, with no plan or script, as one would write when taking notes or keeping a diary. The boxset features titles from 1950 to 2015 of the series “Diaries, Notes and Sketches”, restored from original film elements, some of which were never published before.

More information available here.

"Jonas Mekas: Diaries, Notes and Sketches" DVD/Blu-ray boxset by Re:Voir
"Jonas Mekas: Diaries, Notes and Sketches" DVD/Blu-ray boxset by Re:Voir
11
3:00 pm
Poetic Vision of Jonas Mekas at the Monira Foundation
Screening
United States, Jersey City
Screening
United States, Jersey City
Venue:

Monira Foundation,
888 Newark Ave. 5th Floor,
Jersey City NJ 07306, USA

Organizers:
Partners:

Three programs that will consist of one of Jonas Mekas’ feature films that speaks to his mission of personal cinema. He believed that everyone could and should create a film. Each title will be paired with a different filmmaker whose radical or visionary work Jonas invited into the FMC collection in order to ensure the visibility that he believed these masterpieces of cinema deserve. Curated by MM Serra, filmmaker, Executive director of Film-Makers.

Films to be screened:
“Sleepless Night Stories” (2011), 114 min. (Jonas Mekas)
“Peyote Queen” (1965), 6 min. (Storm De Hirsch)
“Third Eye Butterfly” (1968), 10 min. (Storm De Hirsch)

More information available here.

Through Jun 12
"Happy Birthday, Jonas Mekas!". Screening of "Guns of the Trees" at Sprengel Museum Hannover
Screening
Germany, Hannover
Screening
Germany, Hannover
Venue:

Sprengel Museum Hannover,
Kurt-Schwitters-Platz,
30169 Hannover, Germany

Organizers:
Partners:

On the occasion of Jonas Mekas’ 100th birthday, the Sprengel Museum Hannover honors the artist by presenting his films in an exhibition space during the year.

From 15 April to 12 June the visitors of museum will have an opportunity to watch the film by Jonas Mekas and Adolfas Mekas “Guns of the Trees” (1961). Film starts at 10:30 / 12:00 / 13:30 / 15:00 / 16:30 / 18:00.

From 17 June to 31 July the film “The Brig” (1964) and from 5 August to 11 September the film “Lost, Lost, Lost” (1976) will be on display at Sprengel Museum Hannover.

For more information visit the link here.

Still from the film "Guns of the Trees" (1961) by Jonas Mekas
Still from the film "Guns of the Trees" (1961) by Jonas Mekas
Through Jun 15
Jonas Mekas' Cinematic Work Retrospective at Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival
Screening
Greece, Athens
Screening
Greece, Athens
Venue:

Greek Film Archive,
Iera Odos 48 & Megalou Alexandrou 134-136 Athens, 104 35 Keramikos, Greece

Organizers:

The 12th Avant-Garde Film Festival on the occasion of the centennial of Jonas Mekas’ birth, pays homage to one of the leading figures of American avant-garde filmmaking.

“Jonas Mekas’ Cinematic Work Retrospective” program consists of “Guns of the trees” (1961), “Walden (Diaries, Notes, and Sketches)” (1970), “Reminiscences of a journey to Lithuania” (1972), “Lost lost lost” (1976), “As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty” (2000), “Outtakes From The Life Of A Happy Man” (2012) by Jonas Mekas.

More information available here and here.

17
Through Jul 31
"Happy Birthday, Jonas Mekas!". Screening of "The Brig" at Sprengel Museum Hannover
Screening
Germany, Hannover
Screening
Germany, Hannover
Venue:

Sprengel Museum Hannover,
Kurt-Schwitters-Platz,
30169 Hannover, Germany

Organizers:
Partners:

On the occasion of Jonas Mekas’ 100th birthday, the Sprengel Museum Hannover honors the artist by presenting his films in an exhibition space during the year.

From 17 June to 31 July the visitors of  museum will have an opportunity to watch the film by Jonas Mekas “The Brig” (1964). Film starts at 10:30 / 12:00 / 13:30 / 15:00 / 16:30 / 18:00.

From 5 August to 11 September the film “Lost, Lost, Lost” (1976) will be on display.

For more information visit the link here.

"The Brig" (1964) by Jonas Mekas
"The Brig" (1964) by Jonas Mekas
20-21
3:00 pm
Screening of “As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty” at the Pesaro Film Festival
Screening
Italy, Pesaro
Screening
Italy, Pesaro
Venue:

Teatro Sperimentale,
Via Gioacchino Rossini,
61121 Pesaro PU, Italy

Organizers:
Partners:

All partners are listed here.

 

The Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema (Pesaro Film Festival) is one of the most important Italian film festivals. Since the very beginning, the main goal was to organise a non-competitive festival mainly focusing on first works and aiming in particular to walk through new ways and choices that are able to start processes of growth, improvement and evolution of cinema in the world.

On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Jonas Mekas, the father of New American Cinema, who was celebrated in Pesaro in 1966, the Festival will present the world premiere of the restored copy of Jonas Mekas “As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty” film.

The screening “As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty” will take place at the Teatro Sperimentale on Monday 20 June at 3 p.m., the first part, the second part, Tuesday 21 June, same place and time.  

More information available here.

Photo by Luigi Angelucci
Photo by Luigi Angelucci
22
11:00 am
Round table with Laura Gabrielaitytė-Kazulėnienė, Adriano Aprà and Rinaldo Censi at the Pesaro Film Festival
Discussion
Italy, Pesaro
Discussion
Italy, Pesaro

The Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema (Pesaro Film Festival) is one of the most important Italian film festivals. Since the very beginning, the main goal was to organise a non-competitive festival mainly focusing on first works and aiming in particular to walk through new ways and choices that are able to start processes of growth, improvement and evolution of cinema in the world.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jonas Mekas, the father of the new American cinema, there will be a roundtable discussion with art director and curator Laura Gabrielaitytė-Kazulėnienė, and the critics Adriano Aprà and Rinaldo Censi.

More information available here.

Photo by Luigi Angelucci
Photo by Luigi Angelucci
22
Live musical performance based on Jonas Mekas' silent film "Mysteries" in Kaunas
Concert
Lithuania, Kaunas
Concert
Lithuania, Kaunas
Venue:

Kaunas Town Hall square, Rotušės sq., Kaunas 44279, Lithuania

Organizers:

Nulinė kopija

Partners:

The performance will take place in Kaunas Town Hall square and, two days later, June 24th, in the territory of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Biržai. After the film performance, the musicians will leave the premises of the event and continue to play in the nearby streets.

Jonas Mekas’ film “Mysteries”, which has never been screened in Europe before, will be performed live by the band “Rocket Sci & Friends”. Jonas Mekas’ friends from America, with whom he used to perform together, are coming to Kaunas: Dalius Naujokaitis, Kenny Wollesen, Tony Scherr, Jonathon Haffner, William Shore. They are joined by Mekas’ Italian friend Giuseppe Zevola and Lithuanian Eugenijus Varkalis. 

After the performance, the musicians will leave the premises of the event and continue to play in the nearby streets. The event combines live sound, cinema, improvisation and street art. 

24
7:15 pm
aemi & Triskel present: Mekas 100! in-person screening
Screening
Ireland, Cork
Screening
Ireland, Cork
Venue:

Triskel Cinema,
Tobin St., Cork, Ireland

Organizers:

A celebration of a towering figure in the history of experimental cinema, this screening of select works by filmmaker Jonas Mekas includes one of his most celebrated films “Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania” (1972) as well as the rarely screened “Self Portrait” (1980). Jonas Mekas arrived in New York as a Lithuanian refugee in 1949. He would go on to leave an indelible mark on that city, surrounding himself with a found family of filmmakers and other creatives but his experiences and development as a filmmaker also remained tied to his Lithuanian roots and the journey he made in his youth. His film “Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania” helps trace that journey and the impact it had, a wonderful introduction to his free approach to film. That film is twinned here with the single take interview film Self Portrait.

This screening will be introduced by University College Cork’s Laura Rascaroli, Professor of Film & Screen Media

The event is supported by The Arts Council and the Lithuanian Embassy of Ireland

More information can be found here.

 

Jonas Mekas, Palais de Chaillot, 1997, photo by Boris Lehman
Jonas Mekas, Palais de Chaillot, 1997, photo by Boris Lehman
24
7:00 pm
Live musical performance based on Jonas Mekas' silent film "Mysteries" in Biržai
Concert
Lithuania, Biržai
Concert
Lithuania, Biržai
Venue:

Territory near the Evangelical Reformed Church of Biržai, Biržai, Lithuania

Organizers:

Nulinė kopija

Partners:

The concert-performance “Mysteries” will take place in Kaunas Town Hall square and, two days later, June 24th, in the territory of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Biržai. The church is related to Jonas Mekas, since his uncle Povilas Jašinskas served there as a priest, and both, Jonas and his brother Adolfas, resided in the attic of its clergy house. Fortunately, the building remains to this day.

Jonas Mekas’ film “Mysteries”, which has never been screened in Europe before, will be performed live by the band “Rocket Sci & Friends”. Jonas Mekas’ friends from America, with whom he used to perform together, are coming to Biržai: Dalius Naujokaitis, Kenny Wollesen, Tony Scherr, Jonathon Haffner, William Shore. They are joined by Mekas’ Italian friend Giuseppe Zevola and Lithuanian Eugenijus Varkalis. 

After the performance, the musicians will leave the premises of the event and continue to play in the nearby streets. The event combines live sound, cinema, improvisation and street art. 

25
8:00 pm
Fashion show of Vaida Voraitė's new collection inspired by Jonas Mekas
Exhibition
Lithuania, Biržai
Exhibition
Lithuania, Biržai
Venue:

Biržai Central Market Square,
J. Basanavičiaus g. 5, Biržai 41169, Lithuania

Organizers:
Partners:

On 25 June Vaida Voraitė, a designer from Biržai currently living and working in Berlin, will present her new clothing collection “Turgus” inspired by life and work of Jonas Mekas. The exhibition will focus on the collection, including linen fabrics made in Lithuania, masculinity and gender changes in society. The Biržai Central Market Square will become a professional catwalk that will not only be walked by professional models, but also by local people together with guests from abroad.

On 26 June Vaida Voraitė will invite you to visit the showroom at the “Portfolio Gallery” (Rotušės g. 12) in Biržai. The showroom will provide an opportunity to get a closer look to the newly launched collection, to talk to the designer and order the garment you want.

Poster by Lucie de Bréchard of the fashion collection "Turgus" by Vaida Voraitė
Poster by Lucie de Bréchard of the fashion collection "Turgus" by Vaida Voraitė