Jonas Mekas

Walden (1969) 16mm, color, 180 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Filmed in 1964-68. Edited in 1968-69. "Since 1950 I have been keeping a film diary. I have been walking around with my Bolex and reacting to the immediate reality: situations, friends, New York, seasons of the year. On some days I shot ten frames, on others ten seconds, still on others ten minutes. Or I shot nothing. When one writes diaries, it's a a retrospective process: you sit down, you look back at your day, and you write it all down. To keep a film (camera) diary, is to react (with your camera) immediately, now, this instant: either you get it now, or you don't get it at all. To go back and shoot it later, it would mean restaging, be it events or feelings. To get it now, as it happns, demands the total mastery of one's tools (in this case, Bolex): it has to register the reality to which I react and also it has to register my state of feeling (and all the memories) as I react. Which also means, that I had to do all the structuring (editing) right there, during the shooting, in the camera. All footage that you'll see in the Diaries is exactly as it came out from the camera: there was no way of achieving it in the editing room without destroying its form and content. WALDEN contains materials from the years 1965-69, strung together in chronological order. For the soundtrack I used some of the sounds that I collected during the same period: voices, subways, much street noise, bits of Chopin (I am a romantic), and other significant and insignificant sounds. 'They tell me, I should be always searching; but I'm only celebrating what I see.' - (from the soundtrack) 'I make home movies - therefore I live. I live-therefore I make home movies.' - (from the soundtrack) -- J.M.

Rental: $450.00
16mm Rental: $450.00

Jonas Mekas

Walden: Reel 1 (1969) 16mm, color, 43 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Filmed in 1964-68. Edited in 1968-69. Walden was Mekas' first diary film, and it was edited as a collection of images gathered between the years 1964 and 1969. Its original title was Diaries, Notes, Sketches, which was the intended name for all of his films (they would each have different subtitles), though when it became too confusing for film laboratories to distinguish between films, Mekas abandoned the practice. He still kept Diaries, Notes, Sketches as a subtitle in Walden, Lost Lost Lost, and In Between, and the name is often used to designate his entire film oeuvre. The sketches in Walden refer to various films that, edited previously, were later included in Walden: Report from Millbrook (1965/1966), Hare Krishna (1966), Notes on the Circus (1966), and Cassis (1966) all occur within the film. "New York in spring; Tony Conrad; Bibbie in Central Park; A Wedding; Breakfast in Marseilles; Cassis; Sitney leaves New Haven; Fire on 87th Street; Brakhage crosses Central Park; Carl Th. Dreyer; A trip to Millbrook; Flowers for Marie Menken; Gregory Markopolous shoots 'Galaxie'; Notes on the Circus." -- J.M.

Rental: $125.00
16mm Rental: $125.00

Jonas Mekas

Walden: Reel 2 (1969) 16mm, color, 40 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Filmed in 1964-68. Edited in 1968-69. In Walden, he asserts that the images shown are "for myself and for a few others," suggesting an intimate circle of friends. This was in fact true, as Walden's first screening was an informal "first draft" version at the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo. By showing details of his family life, and of outings and time spent with friends, Mekas extends an invitation to his viewer to partake in their beauty. [These images] are not much different from what you have seen or experienced," he says in As I Was Moving Ahead. "There is no big difference, no essential difference between you and me." To watch a Mekas film is to experience the intimacy of someone sharing his life with you. "Kreeping Kreplachs meet (Ginsberg, Ed Sanders, Tuli, Warhol, Barbara Rubin, etc)/ Hare Krishna walk; autumn scenes; Sitney's wedding; New Year's Evening in Times Square; Goofing on 42nd Street; UPtown Party; Velevet Underground; Deep of Winter; Naomi visits Ken & Flo Jacobs; Amy stops for Coffee; Coop Directors meet; Dreams of Cocteau; In Central Park' What Leslie saw thru the Coop window; Olmsted Hike." -- J.M.

Rental: $150.00
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Jonas Mekas

Walden: Reel 3 (1969) 16mm, color, 49 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Filmed in 1964-68. Edited in 1968-69. "Barabara Rubin shoots a movie; Christmas Eve; A visit to Brakhages (Colorado); A Visit to Hans Richter; In Central Park; Peter's Wedding."

Rental: $150.00
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Jonas Mekas

Walden: Reel 4 (1969) 16mm, color, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Filmed in 1964-68. Edited in 1968-69. "Autumn scenes; Mel's children; A trip to New Jersey; Wendy's wedding; in Central Park; Skating rink; Winter scenes; Sunday Morning Snowstorm on 8th Avenue; Martha; Anthology Cinema meets; Yoko Ono and John Lennon; Central Park." -- J.M.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Jonas Mekas

Guns of the Trees (1962) 16mm, 35mm, DVD PAL, black and white, 75 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

Jonas Mekas wrote, produced, directed, and photographed this arty experimental study of the beatnik movement in America. A bleak portrait of modern existentialism and despair, Guns of the Trees tells the story of young Barbara (Francis Stillman), who is desperately trying to find some value in her life but is weighed down by depression. She seeks solace in the church but instead is met by Gregory (Adolfas Mekas), an intellectual who seems to have an even worse opinion of life than she does. For a time, she seems close to rescue by Ben and Argus (Ben Carruthers and Argus Carruthers) a married couple who seem to have found genuine value in life through each other. Ultimately, they cannot save her from her own despair. This beat portrayal of angst is interspersed with poetry readings and rather blatant symbology. ~ John Voorhees, All Movie Guide Four young people are trying to understand why their friend, a young woman, committed a suicide. A film made up of disconnected scenes weaving between past and present. The title of the film comes from a poem by Stuart Perkoff which tells that some young people felt (around 1960) that everything is against them, so much that even the trees in the parks and streets seemed to them like guns pointing at their very existence. - J. M. Guns of the Trees deals with the thoughts, feelings, and anguished strivings of my generation, faced with the moral perplexity of our times. Conceived as an episodic, horizontal film, there is no apparent direct story connection between one scene and the next. The scenes act like pieces of a larger, timed, emotional mosaic. Where the direct word, or the direct image, fails - when we come to more essential things-the indirectness of the poet will seize the essence and the truth. - J. M. It is a bitter but lyric work. It is also revolutionary in form, being unlike, in its technique, anything you ever saw. It is a poster declaration, a manifesto. I regard Guns of The Trees as the most important film by far of the American "New Wave." - Herman G. Weinberg, New York Film-Makers' Cooperative Catalogue n6, 1975 It may be one of the most personal and revealing films of the intellectual, beat and hip fringe of society of America today. - Gene Moskowitz, Cahiers du cinema, N119, May 1961

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00
35mm Rental: $150.00

DVD PAL Sale: $32.00 Home Use Only

Jonas Mekas

Film Magazine of the Arts (1963) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Personal / Diary / Journal

"In Spring, 1963 Show Magazine called me and asked that I make a film on arts in New York. I told them, why did they want me to make it - didn't they know I was a bit unusual? ... 'We want something unusual,' they said. So I went out and made a newsreel on arts. Show people looked at the rough cut of the film and became very angry. 'But there is nothing about Show Magazine and DuPont fabrics in the movie,' they said. 'What has that to do with the arts in New York!' I said. The battle was short. The film was destroyed. Really, I have no idea what they did with it. This workprint of the first FILM MAGAZINE OF THE ARTS is the only print in existence, as far as I know." -- J.M.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Jonas Mekas

Award Presentation to Andy Warhol (1964) 16mm, black and white, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Comedy

Photographed by Jonas Mekas and Gregory Markopolous. "The Independent Film Award for 1964 is presented to Andy Warhol. We see Andy among his leading stars, Baby Jane Holzer, Gerry Malanga, Ivy Nicholsen, and we see the the editor of Film Culture, Jonas Mekas, presenting the award: a basket of fruit - mushrooms, carrots and apples, bananas - which then, they all eat with great pleasure." --J.M. "I can recall seeing only one Warhol film which was wholly pastoral and unneurotic in feeling, which contained or provoked none of these or other disturbing implications; and that turned out not to be a Warhol film at all, as I thought at the time, but a kind of homage, by Jonas Mekas, to Warhol - really a work of Mekas' own sensibility though seemingly in the official Warhol style. When I saw AWARD PRESENTATION I was hung for days on the kind of imagination revolutionary enough at once to conceive of a film as something so simple and to make that simplicity so pleasurable." -- James Stoller, Film Quarterly.

Rental: $50.00
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Jonas Mekas

Brig, The (1964) 16mm, DVD PAL, black and white, 68 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Political / Social Activism

Play by Kenneth H. Brown. Staged by Judith Malina and Julian Beck at the Living Theatre, New York. Photographed and filmically conceived by Jonas Mekas. Editing by Adolfas Mekas. "Unrelieved by one whit of lightness or compassion, this harrowing screen exercise depicts the methodical, round-the-clock fiendishness inflicted on 10 prisoners by three guards, all of it apparently in the line of duty." -- The New York Times "Part drama, part polemic, with shock-wave sound and a nightmare air that suggests Kafka with a Kodak, the movie does exactly what it sets out to do -- seizes the audience by the shirtfront and slams it around from wall to wall for one grueling day in a Marine Corps lockup." -- Time magazine "When leaving this film, one promises never to see it again. For it seems impossible to watch such a spectacle twice. The film is hard like a nut, and the only thing to do is crush it, without ever asking if this nut is a symbol of the universe. The Mekas brothers are no longer the gentle poets that we thought they were: they are two wild Indians drying scalps." -- Cahiers du Cinema, Paris Award: Venice Documentary Festival, 1964 Exhibition: London Film Festival, 1964; NY Film Festival, 1964.

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

DVD PAL Sale: $30.00 Individual Home-Use Only

Jonas Mekas

Report From Millbrook (1966) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

"REPORT FROM MILLBROOK was filmed in 1965, on a weekend visit to Tim Leary's place. It was a light summer outing. No LSD. Tim took me for a walk, though, and we talked about LSD. I told him that the chemicals that motivate and drive artists are more powerful and mysterious than LSD or any drug. On that note we turned back and ended our walk. There was nothing more to say. In 1966, Tim's place was raided by the local sheriff. The East Village Other taped an interview with the sheriff about the raid. I used the interview as the soundtrack for the film. The footage can also be seen in a different form in DIARIES, NOTES & SKETCHES." -- J.M.

Rental: $50.00
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Jonas Mekas

Scenes of the Life Of Andy Warhol (1982) 16mm, color, 36 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Music: Velvet Underground, recorded in 1966. Opening segment taped at the Dom at the public performance with Nico. End section: Mass for Andy Warhol at St. Patrick's Cathedral. The film is made up of my film diaries related to Andy Warhol from the years 1965-1982. Locations are New York and Montauk: The Factory, house of George Maciunas, village gate, psychiatrist's convention, home of Stephen Shore, Warhol Estate, Montauk, etc. The "cast" includes Lou Reed, Nico, Edie Sedgwick, Gerard Malanga, Andy Warhol, Allen Ginsberg, Ed Sanders, Barbara Rubin, Tuli Kupferberg, Peter Orlovsky, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, George Maciunas, Vincent Friemont, Henry Geldzahler, Paul Morrissey, Karen Lerner, Jay Lerner, Peter Beard, John Kennedy Jr., Lee Radziwill, Tina Radziwill, Anthony Radziwill, D'Allessandro, Caroline Kennedy, Mick Jagger, Jade Jagger and many others. Completed in June, 1990.

Rental: $144.00
16mm Rental: $144.00

Jonas Mekas

Cup/Saucer/Two Dancers/Radio (1983) 16mm, color, 23 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

Made 1965 / 1983 With Kenneth King and Phoebe Neville. "Kenneth King's CUP/SAUCER/TWO DANCERS/RADIO (1964) is an essay in Pop Art style, in which all the elements listed in the title have equal emphasis. Phoebe Neville, dressed in bra, girdle, curlers, and toe shoes, marches across the floor on pointe with a radio clasped to her ear. King, dressed in undershirt and shorts and a black tie, does calisthenics. Both spill colored solutions from the coffee cup all over themselves, embrace one another emotionlessly, and mechanically caress their own bodies, while rock and roll songs comment ironically on the action and a taped voice explains the dance's structure. Mekas, recording a 1965 performance of this key postmodern dance, has translated it into an extraordinary film ..." -- Sally Banes, Village Voice, Oct. 18, 1983.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Jonas Mekas

Cassis (1966) 16mm, color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: landscape, diary_journal

A small port in South of France, a lighthouse, the sea, shot from just before the sunrise until just after the sunset, all day long, frame by frame, a frame or two every second or every few minutes.

Rental: $30.00
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Jonas Mekas

Hare Krishna (1966) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

(Included in full in WALDEN) "A 'documentary' - one Sunday afternoon in New York - beautiful new generation - dancing in the streets of New York - singing 'Hare Hare' - filling the streets and the air with love - in the very beginning of the New Age - Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky (on soundtrack) singing 'Hare Hare.'" -- J.M.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Jonas Mekas

Notes On The Circus (1966) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Ringling Bros., filmed in three sessions (three-ring circus), with no post-editing of opticals, five rolls strung together as they came out of a camera. Jim Kweskin's Jug Band prepared the soundtrack. Film can also be watched with soundtrack turned off (if you're a "purist" which I'm not).

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Jonas Mekas

Street Songs (1983) 16mm, black and white, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Made 1966/1983 "STREET SONGS is a 1966 performance, in France, of a section of the Living Theater's 'Mysteries and Smaller Pieces.' Based on a chance-determined scenario written by Jackson Maclow in 1961, STREET SONGS weaves militant political chants into a mandala of mantras. Julian Becvk sits cross legged on an empty stage; the slogan he repeats - 'Free All Men! Ban the Bomb! Stop the War! Free the Blacks! Change the World!' - are both meditation and calls to action, as a crowd of voices answers each slogan and actors join him on stage to pace in a circle, clasp one another's shoulders and collectively breath 'Ohmm...' ..." -- Sally Banes, Village Voice, October 18, 1983. "I filmed The Living Theatre's 'Mysteries' in 1966, at the Festival de Cassis, organized by Jerome Hill. I didn't like the results and I never released the film, but I always liked the segment based on McLow's script. Maclow's version differs slightly from The Living Theatre's version. You can find MacLow's script in Kastelanetz's anthology called 'Scenarios.' MacLow says he wouldn't have said some of the things the Living Theatre said. Noel Burch helped me to record the sound." -- J.M.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Jonas Mekas

Italian Notebook, The (1967) 16mm, color, 14.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

"A record of a journey through Italy, filmed in 1967." -- J.M.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Jonas Mekas

Time & Fortune Vietnam Newsreel (1968) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"An interview with War Minister of Lapland concerning War in Vietnam. A few practical suggestions are given, among them a suggestion to turn the conduction of war over to mafia. (The Minister played by Adolfas Mekas.)" -- J.M.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jonas Mekas

He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life (1985) 16mm, color, 150 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

"A continuation of my film diaries. The footage covers the period from 1969 to 1984. During the same period I shot much more footage than what you see in HE STANDS... I am including in this film only the most impersonal footage. Originally, I was planning to call this film ANTHROPOLOGICAL SKETCHES. It consists of scenes, sketches of people, activities, happenings, events outside - or almost outside - of my life which I am observing from a slight distance. There are some sketches that are from my personal life, I included them to balance, to warm up the impersonal material. There will be two more films from the same period: one will include all my 'personal' material (home, friends), the other all my 'abstract' material. The film consists of 124 brief sketches, each half-a-minute to about two minutes long. Portraits of people I have spent time with, places, seasons of the year, weather (storms, snow blizzards, etc.), many of my film-maker friends such as Hans Richter, Rossellini, Marcel Hanoun, Adolfo Arrieta, Henri Langlois, Cavalcanti, Kubelka, Ken Jacobs, Kenneth Anger, Kuchars, Breer, Willard Van Dyke, Frampton, etc., or just friends, such as John Lennon, Jackie Onassis, Lee Radzwill, John Kennedy Jr. & Caroline, Tina and Anthony Radziwill, Peter Beard, Andy Warhol, Richard Foreman, P. Adams Sitney, Yoko Ono, Raimund Abraham, Hermann Nitsch, Allen Ginsberg, George Maciunas, and countless others - streets and parks of New York - brief escapes into nature, out of town - nothing spectacular, all very insignificant, unimportant - misc. celebrations of life that has gone, by now, and remains only as recorded in these personal, brief sketches. 'You keep a diary & the diary will keep you.' - Mae West, to Peter Beard (from the film)" -- J.M.

Rental: $500.00
16mm Rental: $500.00

Jonas Mekas

Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972) 16mm, color, 82 min

Genre: Experimental

The film consists of three parts. The first part is made up of footage I shot with my first Bolex, during my first years in America, mostly from 1950-1953. It shows me and my brother Adolfas, how we looked in those days; miscellaneous footage of immigrants in Brooklyn, picnicking, dancing, singing; the streets of Williamsburg. The second part was shot in August 1971, in Lithuania. Almost all of the footage comes from Semeniskiai, the village I was born in. You see the old house, my mother (born 1887), all the brothers, goofing, celebrating our homecoming. You don't really see how Lithuania is today: you see it only through the memories of a Displaced Person back home for the first time in twenty-five years. The third part begins with a parenthesis in Elmshorn, a suburb of Manburg, where we spent a year in a forced labor camp during the war. After the parenthesis closes, we are in Vienna where we see some of my best friends - Peter Kubelka, Hermann Nitsch, Annette Michelson, Ken Jacobs. The film ends with the burning of the Vienna fruit market, August, 1971.

Rental: $325.00
16mm Rental: $325.00

Jonas Mekas

Lost, Lost, Lost: Reel 1 (1976) 16mm, color & b/w, 32 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Jonas Mekas

Lost, Lost, Lost (1976) 16mm, color & b/w, 178 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

"Filmed in 1949-1963, edited 1976. These six reels of my film diaries come from the years 1949-1963. They begin with my arrival in New York in November 1949. The first and second reels deal with my life as a Young Poet and a Displaced Person in Brooklyn. It shows the Lithuanian immigrant community, their attempts to adapt themselves to a new land and their tragic efforts to regain independance for their native country. It shows my own frustrations and anxieties and the decision to leave Brooklyn and move to Manhattan. Reel three and reel four deal with my life in Manhattan on Orchard Street and East 13th St. First contacts with New York poetry and filmmaking communities. Robert Frank shooting THE SIN OF JESUS. LeRoy Jones, Ginsberg, Frank O'Hara reading at The Living Theatre. Documentation of the political protests of the late fifties and early sixties. First World Strike for Peace. Vigil in Times Square. Women for Peace. Air Raid protests. Reel five includes Rabbit Shit Haikus, a series of Haikus filmed in Vermont; scenes at the Film-Maker's Cooperatives; filming HALLELUJAH THE HILLS; scenes of New York City. Reel six contains a trip to Flaherty Seminar, a visit to the seashore in Stony Brook; a portrait of Tiny Tim; opening of TWICE A MAN; excursions to the countryside seen from two different views; that of my own and that of Ken Jacobs whose footage is incorporated into this reel. The period I am dealing with in these six reels was a period of desperation, of attempts to desparately grow roots into the new ground, to create new memories. In these six painful reels I tried to indicate how it feels to be in exile, how I felt in those years. These reels carry the title LOST, LOST, LOST, the title of a film myself and my brother wanted to make in 1949, and it indicates the mood we were in, in those years. It describes the mood of a Displaced Person who hasn't yet forgotten the native country but hasn't gained a new one. The sixth reel is a transitional reel where we begin to see some relaxation, where I begin to find moments of happiness. New life begins. What happens later, you'll have to see the next installment of reels ..." -- J.M., March 31, 1976. Jonas Mekas

Rental: $270.00
16mm Rental: $270.00

Jonas Mekas

Lost, Lost, Lost: Reel 2 (1976) 16mm, color & b/w, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Jonas Mekas

Lost, Lost, Lost: Reel 3 (1976) 16mm, black and white, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Jonas Mekas

Lost, Lost, Lost: Reel 4 (1976) 16mm, color & b/w, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Jonas Mekas

Lost, Lost, Lost: Reel 5 (1976) 16mm, color & b/w, 29 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Jonas Mekas

Lost, Lost, Lost: Reel 6 (1976) 16mm, color & b/w, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Jonas Mekas

In Between: 1964-68 (1978) 16mm, color, 52 min

Genre: Experimental

"Filmed in 1964-1968. Edited in 1978. The material for this film is footage that didn't find a place in the WALDEN reels. Some of it begins in between LOST, LOST, LOST and WALDEN. It's mostly New York, and some travel footage. The City friends: Richard Foreman, Amy Taubin, Mel Lyman, Peter Beard, David Wise, Andrew Meyer, Salvador Dali, Jerome Hill, David Stone and Barbara Stone, my brother Adolfas filming DOUBLE BARRELLED DETECTIVE STORY, Diane di Prima, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Ed Sanders, Gordon Ball, Henry Romney, Jack Smith, Shirley Clarke, Louis Brigante, Jane Holzer, etc. etc. It's a period piece. The sounds were recorded about the same time. Bits of radio music, bits of records, my own voice, and voices of my friends. Mel Lyman playing playing banjo on the roof on 23rd Street was actually recorded on the roof, with the wind blowing into the mike." -- J.M.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Jonas Mekas

Notes For Jerome (1978) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

Notes For Jerome (1978) 16mm, color, sound, 45 min. rental price: 60.00 Filmed in 1966, 1967 and 1974. Edited in 1978. During the summer of 1966 I spent two months in Cassis, as a guest of Jerome Hill. I visited him briefly again in 1967, with P. Adams Sitney. The footage of this film comes from those two visits. Later, after Jerome died, I visited his Cassis home in 1974. Footage of that visit constitutes the epilogue of the film. Other people appear in the film, all friends of Jerome: Taylor Mead, Bernadette Lafont, Charles Rydell; Barbara Stone and David Stone and their children; Noel Burch, Judith Malina and Julian Beck and the Living Theater collective; Ms. Chaliapin, Jean Jacques Lebel, Michael Fontayne; Alec Wilder, P. Adams Sitney and Julie Sitney; and Jerome's perhpas closest and oldest friend, whose name I forgot, but whom he always called Rosebud. The soundtrack was practically all recorded during the same period, during the same visits to Cassis. Piano improvisations are Jerome's and Taylor Mead's; the soloist (Monteverdi's 'Lasciatemi morire!' and Giordani's 'Caromioben') is Charles Rydell's practicing, in Cassis; the ocean and most of the wind is the late summer mistal; and so are the cicadas, street music, scooters, motorboats, birds, and my own sing-songing. The text of my Lithuanian 'song' is, in translation, 'the sun is setting, the sky is red, I am sitting by the sea and I am singing by myself.' Those were lonely summers for me, I thought alot about home. That's why this film, this elegy for Jerome is dedicated 'to the wind of Lithuania.' Sometimes, though, I had a feeling that Jerome was as much of an exile as was I." -- J.M., October 27, 1978

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $125.00

Jonas Mekas

Paradise Not Yet Lost (a/k/a Oona's Third Year) (1979) 16mm, color, 96.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

"Filmed in 1977, edited in 1979. These reels of my film diaries contain the film 'notes' taken during the calendar year 1977, arranged chronologically. The film is divided into six parts. The first part takes place in New York. We see a lot of home life and the city. We see a lot of our daughter Oona whose third year of life this is. Some other subjects: Peter's Concert (Peter Kubelka); A visit to Marie Deren (Maya's mother); St. Patrick's Parade; Spring in Central Park; etc. The second, very brief part, takes place in Sweden, visiting Anna Lena Wibom. The third part takes place in Lithuania. Myself, my wife Hollis, and our 2-1/2 year old daughter oona visit my mother on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Oona meets her young cousins, we drink home made beer, we walk through the woods, gather mushrooms and wild strawberries, we fool around. The fourth part is Austria, visiting Peter Kubelka and Hermann Nitsch in Prinzendorf. We taste Hermann's wine, we talk to Peter's donkeys, we visit Pater Nicolaus in Kremsmuenster, and then we go to Italy, with Peter, in pursuit of Michelangelo's wine, Canaiola. The sixth part is back in New York; a visit to Willard Van Dyke, upstate; Oona's third birthday; a fire on Broome Street; more home scenes; the beginning of winter storms. It's a diary film but also it is a meditation on the theme of Paradise. It is a letter to Oona; to serve her, some day, as a distant reminder of how the world around her looked during the third year of her life - a period of which there will be only tiny fragments left in her memory - and to provide her with a romantic's guide to the essential values of life - in a world of artificiality, commercialism, and bodily and spiritual poison." -- J.M.

Rental: $125.00
16mm Rental: $125.00

Jonas Mekas

Zefiro Torna or Scenes From the Life of Scenes From the Life of George Maciumas (1992) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

A tribute from one Lithuanian expatriate to another, ZEFIRO TORNA is Jonas Mekas at his most heartfelt. Comprised of diary footage of Maciunas from the mid-50s until his tragically early passing in the mid-70s, this early-90s production is a beautiful portrait of a lost friend and living spirit. -- from Anthology Film Archives catalog

Rental: $136.00
16mm Rental: $136.00

Jonas Mekas

Imperfect 3-Image Films (1995) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

"A series 'imperfect' three image films from my new film diaries" -- J.M.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jonas Mekas

Birth of a Nation (1997) DVD NTSC, Color, 85 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media, Personal , Diary, Journal

Music by Wagner and Hermann Nitsch. Voice by Jean Houston. One hundred and sixty portraits or rather appearances, sketches and glimpses of avant-garde, independent filmmakers and film activists between 1955 and 1996. Why BIRTH OF A NATION? Because the film independents IS a nation in itself. We are surrounded by commercial cinema Nation same way as the indigenous people of the United States or of any other country are surrounded by Ruling Powers. We are the invisible, but essential nation of cinema. We are the cinema. List of filmmakers and related friends and film activists who appear in the film in order of appearance: P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, Ken Kelman, Hollis Melton, Ken Jacobs, Larry Jordan, Florence Jacobs, Harry Smith, Henri Langlois, Annette Michelson, Gerald O' Grady, Hollis Frampton, Sidney Peterson, James Broughton, Joel Singer, Stephen Dwoskin, Dore O., Wener Nekes, Kenneth Anger, Andrew Noren, Jacques Ledoux, Ed Emshwiller, Saul Levine, Larry Gottheim, Pascale Dauman, Ray Wisniewski, Taykir Mead, Michael Snow, Ricky Leacock, Stan Brakhage, Jane Brakhage, Barry Gerson, Willard Van Dyke, John Whitney, Pola Chapelle, Morris Engel, Stan Vanderbeek, Amy Greenfield, Bruce Baillie, Chantal Akerman, Sally Dixon, Will Hindle, Michael Studart, Robert Creeley, Friede Bartlett, Scott Bartlett, Jud Yalkut, Adolfas Mekas, Callie Angell, Charles Levine, Bhob Stewart, Nelly Kaplan, Claudia Weil, Annabel Nicholson, Birgit Hein, Piero Heliczer, Peter Gidal, Kurt Kren, Wilhelm Hein, Malcolm Le Grice, Carmen Vigil, Bill Brand, Regina Cornwell, Akiko Iimura, Taka Iimura, David Crosswaite, Gill Eatherley, Amy Taubin, Tom Chomont, Peter Weibel, Carla Liss, Robert Huot, Guy Fihman, Claudine Eizykman, David Curtis, Barbara Rubin, Kenji Kanesaka, Anna Karina, Leo Dratfield, Gregory Markopoulos, Robert Beavers, Robert Kramer, Pamela Badyk, Cecille Starr, Jerome Hill, Ernie Gehr, Richard Foreman, Robert Polidori, Leni Riefenstahl, Amalie Rothschild, Lillian Kiesler, Shigeko Kubota, Jerry Tartaglia, Dan Talkbot, Louis Marcorelles, Michel Auder, Dwight MacDonald, Viva, Leslie Trumbull, Kit Carson, Paul Shrader, Shirley Clarke, Bosley Crowther, Dimitri Devyatkin, Ulrich Gregor, Sheldon Rochlin, La Monte Young, Robert Gardner, Vlada Petric, John du Cane, William Raban, Tony Conrad, George Macinunas, Alberto Cavalcanti, Jim McBride, Peter Bogdanovich, Gideon Bachmann, Christiane Rochefort, Jerry Jofen, Rosa von Praunheim, Hans Richter, Roberto Rossellini, Lionel Rogosin, Robert Haller, Storm De Hirsch, Marcel Hanoun, Jerry Hiler, Bruce Conner, Myrel Glick, Paul Sharits, Barbara Schwartz, Lewis Jacobs, Ian Barna, Carolee Schneemann, Anthony McCall, Diego Cortez, Leslie Trumbell, Adolfo Arieta, Louis Brigante, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Stewart Sherman, Charles Chaplin, Len Lye, Tati, Allen Ginsberg, Valie Export, Hermann Nitsch, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Analena Wibon, Robert Breer and Raimund Abraham.

DVD NTSC Rental: $125.00

Jonas Mekas

Diary Entry: Father and Daughter (2001) DVD NTSC, Color, 3:33 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal , Diary, Journal

Diary Entry: Father and Daughter (Shiva and Rumple) March 7, 2001.

Rental: $45.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $45.00

Jonas Mekas

Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR (2009) DVD NTSC, Color, 4 hours 46 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: History, Personal & Diary & Journal, Political Social Activism

This video is made up of footage that I took with my Sony from the television newscasts during the collapse of the USSR, with the home noises in the background. It's a capsule record of what happened and how it happened during that crucial period as recorded by the television newscasters. It can be also viewed as a classic Greek drama in which the destinies of nations are changed drastically by the unbending, boarding on irrational. Will of one single man, one small nation determined to regain it freedom, backed by Olympus in its fight against the Might & Power, against the impossible.

Rental: $200.00
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Jonas Mekas

A Letter to Penny Arcade (2001) DVD NTSC, Color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography, Personal Diary & Journal

I made this video June 23, 2001, as a letter for my good friend Penny Arcade who some days earlier had asked me why I love New York. I truly love New York! This letter to Penny Ar44cade is my love letter to New York.

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Jonas Mekas

Mob of Angels: Baptism (1990) DVD NTSC, Color, 61 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Music, Personal Diary & Journal

One hour with a women's drumming group led by Layne Redmond, who has devoted her life to reviving the ancient Mediterranean tradition of women's ceremonial drumming and ritual celebrations. Using one of the world's oldest known instruments, the small hand held frame drum, the Mob of Angels create a contemporary music that pulses with the rhythms of an archaic language.

Rental: $100.00
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Jonas Mekas

Notes on the Factory (1999) DVD NTSC, Color, 63 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography, Personal Diary & Journal

Made for Guggenheim Museum's travelling exhibition on Andy Warhol's Factory Years. The video traces the history of the Factory, describes the activities that took place in it, and the historical context. Actual locations are shown and described

Rental: $150.00
DVD PAL Rental: $150.00

Jonas Mekas

Notes on Utopia (2004) DVD PAL, Color, 55 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography, Personal Diary & Journal

Four part video made in 2003,2004. Pts. 1 & 2 were presented at the 2003 Venice Biennale as part of the Utopia Station project. An open-ended video --- more parts may be added in the future -- my thoughts on the idea of Utopia. My thoughts on it change as time goes on, as I am trying to figure it out myself, the meaning of it, the prectice of it, the possibility of it, in the past, today and in the future.

Rental: $100.00
DVD PAL Rental: $100.00

Jonas Mekas

Sleepless Nights Stories (2011) DVD_NTSC, DVD_PAL, digiBeta PAL, color, 114 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists, diary_journal

"For two hours we stroll with Jonas Mekas through New York nights, through apartments, studios, backstage rooms, bars and clubs. We meet old acquaintances like Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Carolee Schneemann, Marina Abramovic, friends, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, and also many new acquaintances. The father of the diary film begins with the words 'I can't sleep.' Who hasn't been in that situation. Sleepy and yet wide awake, you find yourself in the world of those exhausted from the day's exertions. In Sleepless Nights Stories we witness (approximately) 25 tales from a thousand and one nights - remnants of films by one of the greatest avant-garde filmmakers whose life rewrote film history"--Berlinale 2011. "SLEEPLESS NIGHTS STORIES originated from my readings of the One Thousand and One Nights. But unlike the Arabian tales, my stories are all from real life, though at times they too wander into somewhere else, beyond the everyday routine reality. There are some twenty-five different stories in my movie. Their protagonists are all my good friends and I myself am an inseparable part of the stories. The storyteller of the Arabian Nights was also part of his or her tales. Some of the people in the movie you'll recognize, some not. The fact that some of them you'll recognize has no bearing on the stories: after all, we all recognize John Wayne or Annette Benning, but in their stories they are no longer the people we know. The subjects of the stories cover a wide range of emotions, geographies, personal anxieties, anecdotes. These are not very big stories, not for the Big Screen: these are all personal big stories . . . And yes, you'll also find some provocations . . . But that's me, one "me" of many. The very question "What is a story?" is a provocative question. LOCATIONS AND CAST -- [INTRO] Staff of . . . Masters [STORY 1 -- THE STORY OF MARINA] Marina Abramovic, Chrissie Iles [STORY 2 -- THE STORY OF CAROLEE] Sebastian Mekas, Benn Northover, Carolee Schneemann [STORY 3 -- THE STORY OF GREENPOINT] Ken Jacobs, Florence Jacobs [STORY 4 -- THE STORY OF THE LIZARD OF LUCCA] Sebastian Mekas [STORY 5] Louise Bourgeois [STORY 6] Yoko Ono [STORY 7 -- THE STORY OF DOUBT] Phong Bui, Raimond Abraham, Nathalie Provosty [STORY 8 -- THE STORY OF LEFTY] Harmony Korine, Rachel Korine (Simon), Lefty Korine [STORY 9 -- JEAN-JACQUES GIVES GOOD ADVICE TO HIS FRIENDS] Jean-Jacques Lebel, Hans Ulrich Obrist [STORY 10 -- THE STORY OF LOUIS] Louis Garrel, Sebastian Mekas, Benn Northover [STORY 11] Sebastian Mekas, Luxemburg Guy, Pip Chodorov, Benn Northover [STORY 12] Raimond Abraham, Dodo, Violinist [STORY 13 -- THE STORY OF THE TREE] Benn Northover, Sebastian Mekas, Hopi Lebel, Kristijonas Kucinskas, Tomas [STORY 14] Sebastian Mekas, Benn Northover, Pip Chodorov [STORY 15 -- THE STORY OF PEEKSKILL] Dalius Naujokaitis, Audrius Naujokaitis, Jonas Lozoraitis [STORY 16 -- THE STORY OF AMY, OR WHY NORMAL PEOPLE SING IN MIDDLE CLASS VOICES] Dalius Naujokaitis [STORY 17 -- THE STORY OF LEE] Lee Stringer [STORY 18 -- THE STORY OF ARTAUD] Jean-Jacques Label, Sebastian Mekas, Benn Northover, Hopi Lebel, Pip Chodorov [STORY 19] Patti Smith, Benn Northover [STORY 20 -- THE STORY OF DIANE AND PIRANESI] Raimond Abraham, Phong Bui, Diane Lewis, Nathalie Provotsy, Pip Chodorov, Sebastian Mekas [STORY 21] Sebastian Mekas, Kristijonas Kucinskas [STORY 22] Dalius Naujokaitis [STORY 23 -- FLUXUS VIOLIN] [STORY 24 -- THE STORY OF THE WOODS OF MY CHILDHOOD] French Children [STORY 25] Adolfas Mekas, Oona Mekas [STORY 26] Bjork Gudmundsdottir

Rental: $300.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $300.00
DigiBeta PAL Rental: $300.00

Jonas Mekas

Williamsburg, Brooklyn (2003) 16mm, color and b/w, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: landscape_architecture, personal_diary_journal

16mm Rental: $50.00

Jonas Mekas

Visions of Warhol (1964-1990) DVD PAL, B/W, 56 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Scenes from the life of Andy Warhol, as seen by three pioneer avant-garde film-makers and close friends of the Pop-artist.

DVD PAL Sale: $30.00 Individual Home-Use Only

Jonas Mekas

Reminiszenzen aus Deutschland (2012) DVD NTSC, color, 22 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: history, personal diary journal

An attempt to provide an introduction to the Germany period of my life, from 1944 to October 1949. Using original photos from the period, taken by myself and my brother Adolfas, and film/video footage from 1971 and 1993, I revisit Elmshorm, Flensburg, Wiesbaden, Mainz and Kassel where I spent five years of my life -- first as a Forced Laborer in a war prisoners camp, and later as a Discplaced Person in displaced persons camps. The soundtrack consists of brief excerpts from my written diaries of that period, current reflections and passages from the writings of Wolfgang Borchert. - J.M.

Rental: $300.00
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Jonas Mekas

Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man (2012) DVD NTSC, color, 68 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography, family, history, personal diary journal

A motion picture composed of brief diaristic scenes not used in completed films from the years 1960-2000; and self-referential video footage taped during the editing. Brief glimpses of family, friends, girl-friends, the City, seasons of the year, travels. Occasionally I talk, reminisce, or play music I taped during those earlier years, plus more recent piano improvisations by Auguste Varkalis. It's a kind of autobiographical, diaristic poem, celebration of happiness and life. I consider myself a happy man. - J.M.

DVD NTSC Rental: $300.00

Jonas Mekas

The Sixties Quartet (1990-1999) DVD PAL, Color, 129 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Four films by Jonas Mekas on DVD PAL INTERZONE. SCENES FROM THE LIFE Of ANDY WARHOL: FRIENDSHIPS AND INTERSECTIONS, 1990, 35 min Jonas Mekas is know for his rapid-fire diary films. His Scenes from the Life chronicles not only Andy Warhol, but also the social and cultural excitement that swirled around him, throbbing to a hypnotic Velvet Underground beat. ZEFIRO TORNA OR SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF GEORGE MACIUNAs, 1992, 35 min Bits of Fluxus events and performances, and picnics with friends (Almus, Andy Warhol, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, etc.), George's wedding and footage I took of him in Boston hospital three days before he died. - J.M. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JOHN, 1995, 24 min with JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO On October 9th, 1972, half of the music world gathered in Syracuse, N.Y., to celebrate the opening of John Lennon/Yoko Ono Fluxus show, designed by George Maciunas. Same day, a smaller group gathered in a local hotel room to celebrate John's birthday. - J.M. THIS SIDE OF PARADISE, 1999, 35 min with JACKIE, CAROLINE AND JOHN KENNEDY JR I had the fortune to spend some time, mostly during the summers, with Jackie Kennedy's and her sister Lee Radziwill's families and children. Cinema was an integral, inseparable, as a matter of fact, a key part of our friendship. - J.M.

DVD PAL Sale: $32.00 Home Use Only

Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas Box Set (1964-2002) DVD PAL, color, b/w, 900 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Box Set - 6 DVD Jonas Mekas Subtitles: English, French and Lithuanian Potemkine, Agnes B DVD, Re:Voir Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania 1971-1972 / 16mm / color / 82 min. DVD Pal - Region 0 Lost Lost Lost 1949-1963, 1976 / 16mm, bw & color, 180 min. DVD-9 PAL, Region Free As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty 2000 / 16mm / color / 288 mins. 2 DVD-9 NTSC region free Short Film Works 16mm, 98 min. DVD PAL Region 0 Cassis (1966, 4 min), Notes on the Circus (1966, 12 min), Hare Krishna (1966, 4 min), Report from Millbrook (1965-66, 12 min), Vietnam Newsreel (1968, 4 min), Travel Songs (1967-1981, 25 min), Quartet #1 (1991, 8 min), Imperfect Three-Image Films (1995, 6 min), Song of Avignon (1998, 5 min), Mozart Wien & Elvis (2000, 3 min), Williamsburg (1949-2002, 15 min) Walden (Diaries, Notes and Sketches) 1964-1969 / 16mm / color / 180 min. DVD PAL Region 0 The Brig 1964 / 16mm / b&w / 68 min. DVD Pal - Region 0

DVD PAL Sale: $108 Home Use Only

Jonas Mekas

This Side of Paradise (1999) 16mm, b&w and color, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: personal diary/journal

"I had the fortune to spend some time, mostly during the summers, with Jackie Kennedy's and her sister Lee Radziwill's families and children. Cinema was an integral, inseparable, as a matter of fact, a key part of our friendship." -Jonas Mekas

Rental: $100
16mm Rental: $100

Jonas Mekas

Happy Birthday to John (1995) 16mm, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: art and artists, personal diary/journal

"On October 9th, 1972, half of the music world gathered in Syracuse, N.Y., to celebrate the opening of John Lennon/Yoko Ono Fluxus show, designed by George Maciunas. Same day, a smaller group gathered in a local hotel room to celebrate John's birthday." - Jonas Mekas

Rental: $96
16mm Rental: $96

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