“From Light to Light, Singing and Dancing”

Ludlow House and The Film-Makers’ Coop Present: A Tribute to Jonas Mekas (1922 - 2019)

Free! RSVP required


SLEEPLESS NIGHTS STORIES (Jonas Mekas, 2011, 114 min.)

"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, and 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.”  –Jonas Mekas

Featuring: Marina Abramovic, Carolee Schneemann, Ken and Flo Jacobs, Louise Bourgeois, Yoko Ono, Harmony Korine, Louis Garrel, Patti Smith, Bkörk, and more!

Sebastian Mekas will be present for the event.

In celebration of Jonas’s connection to the earth, MM Serra will be distributing flower seeds for audience members to plant around NYC. Our hope is to have a flowering summer in honor of Jonas and his appreciation for life and gardening.