Tales & Visions of Community with MM Serra: "To Jonas, with Love"
This series digs up the history, memories and values demonstrated by the uncommercialized, underground, and queer filmmaking community with in New York City from 1961 to the present. Through the visions and perspective of MM Serra’s interviews, we highlight the significant impact that this community has had on society and contemporary personal artistic vision.
To Jonas With Love: We find MM Serra at 181 Mott Street - an art gallery in the heart of Soho. The current exhibition: To Jonas, With Love, curated by Chuck Smith, Film Maker of Barbara Rubin and the Exploding New York Underground, Producer and close friend of MM and Jonas Mekas. Through conversation MM and Chuck share their stories of Jonas Mekas, the founder of The New American Cinema Group and arguably one of the more prominent/commercialized experimental filmmakers of the underground film society. He was and is the great connector to the artist who came together to support one another in the underground. Through B Roll of the exhibition and footage from Jonas Mekas’s film excerpts and filmmakers discussed, Barbara Ruben, Marie Menken, MM Serra, Jack Waters, personal footage from friends and family - we get our first crash course in the history to the present of the experimental film community.