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.

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Film-Makers’ Cinematheque: experimental film programs at Anthology Film Archives

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.

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Still from film “Walden” (1968) by Jonas Mekas

Screening of the film “Walden” by Jonas Mekas at the Zita Folkets Bio cinema in Stockholm

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”.

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Jonas Mekas filming "The Brig"

Screening of “The Brig” by Jonas Mekas at e-flux Screening Room

Jonas Mekas’ cinematic document of the Living Theatre’s anti-war performance became his most overtly political film. “The Brig” (1964) won the Grand Prize for best documentary at the Venice Film Festival later that year.

Join e-flux Screening Room and hear an introduction by Andrew Uroskie (Stony Brook University).

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100th Anniversary of the Birth of Jonas Mekas at the Cinematheque Seoul Art Cinema

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.

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Screening of “Back from New York” at the Documentary Film Festival DocsValència

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.

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

“Happy Birthday, Jonas Mekas!”. Screening of “Lost, Lost, Lost” at Sprengel Museum Hannover

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 the museum will have an opportunity to watch the film by Jonas Mekas “Lost, Lost, Lost” (1976). Film starts at 10:30 / 12:00 / 13:30 / 15:00 / 16:30 / 18:00.

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