Still from “Outtakes From The Life Of A Happy Man” (2012) by Jonas Mekas

Screening of the film by Jonas Mekas and discussion at the Kraków Film Festival

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 film "Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man" (2012) by Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas’ Centennial retrospective: discussion with Patrice Rollet at the Cinémathèque Française

Jonas Mekas’ Centennial program is complemented by a discussion with Patrice Rollet, moderated by Bernard Benoliel. Discussion will give an opportunity for the cinema-going public to go deep into the works of one of the greatest literary and visual poets in the contemporary film history. Patrice Rollet is essayist, a philosopher by training and film critic. Bernard Benoliel is director of cultural and educational action at the Cinémathèque française.

More information available here.

Still from film "Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania" (1972) by Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas’ Centennial retrospective: round table with Pip Chodorov, Émeric de Lastens and Cécile Tourneur at the Cinémathèque Française

Jonas Mekas’ Centennial program is complemented by a round table with Pip Chodorov, Émeric de Lastens and Cécile Tourneur, moderated by Caroline Maleville. Pip Chodorov is a director, specialist in experimental cinema and video editor (Re: Voir). Émeric de Lastens is a critic, programmer and film historian and film adviser at the DRAC Île-de-France since 2018. Cécile Tourneur has a doctorate in the history and aesthetics of cinema.

More information available here.

Screening “We do not want rosy films, we want them the color of blood” and discussion at the Monira Foundation

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:
“As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty” (2000), 4 hours 48 min. (Jonas Mekas)
“Christmas on Earth” (1963), 30 min. (Barbara Rubin)

More information available here.

Poetic Vision of Jonas Mekas at the Monira Foundation

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.

Reel poetics: Jonas Mekas & his cinematic circle at the Monira Foundation

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.

Still from film by Jonas Mekas "Lost, Lost, Lost" (1976)

“Lost, Lost, Lost” talk and screening at the Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao

As a part of the retrospective “Stories of Cinema (III)”, film historian and curator of the retrospective Santos Zunzunegui will give an hour talk before the screening of film “Lost, Lost, Lost” (1976) in which he will go in depth about the figure of Jonas Mekas and his work.

For more information please visit the link here.

Exhibition "Jonas Mekas and the New York Avant-Garde". Photograph by Gintarė Grigėnaitė

Online Symposium “Jonas Mekas and the New York Avant-Garde”

In conjunction with the exhibition “Jonas Mekas and the New York Avant-Garde” (up through February 20) at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, Lithuania, the museum will host a one-day online symposium on Saturday, 12 February 2022, 5 pm (EET) / 10 am (EST)

With presentations by Johanna Gosse, Chrissie Iles, Ara Osterweil, and Jonathan Walley.

The symposium is dedicated to the multifaceted activities of the Lithuanian emigré filmmaker, poet, critic, and institution builder Jonas Mekas. Taking Mekas’ work and life as a starting point, the speakers will interrogate his role in the history of art and avant-garde film as well as the relevance of his legacy for contemporary times.

Exhibition and symposium curated by Inesa Brašiškė and Lukas Brasiskis.

For more information on speakers, schedule and a webstream link please visit here.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1DTBmJDQQlSME1tEfLn9Fw

Web stream without registration (in English): https://youtu.be/_epKoKVyLnY

Web stream without registration (with translation to Lithuanian): https://youtu.be/GNhMtJITAf0