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Jonas Mekas | 1922-2019

While the press notes the loss of what many are calling a giant of the avant-garde, Mekas said last year: “There is nothing avant-garde about what I have done.” He just did what had to be done. That’s the Jonas his friends most admire. An exile from his native Lithuania, he later declared: “My country is cinema.” He was a cinephile extraordinaire, a dedicated poet, critic, publisher, distributor, activist, archivist, memoirist and a filmmaker of relentless spontaneity. Mekas’ indefatigable Bolex finger captured more than one generation of independent artists in his home movies. He leaves many, many friends high and low.

Photo in header: Jonas Mekas