Engauge presents: A 16mm Monument to Mekas
Wed Mar 27: 7.00pm
** This program, curated by Jon Behrens, will be presented entirely on 16mm! **
** Copresented with Engauge Experimental Film Festival, with support from EXcinema **
Engauge Experimental Film Festival, in partnership with Northwest Film Forum, celebrate the life, legacy and work of Jonas Mekas (12/24/19221/23/2019). Senses of Cinema calls Mekas the midwife of the New York Independent Cinema, a term he preferred, and a more accurate description of his influence than the usual label godfather. Curator, critic, filmmaker, and enthusiastic patron of other filmmakers, Mekas was part of a small group of New York-based filmmakers who founded the journal Film Culture, the Filmmakers Co-op, a distribution center for independent films, and the Anthology Film Archive, an institution devoted to preserving and screening such work throughout the year. His contemporaries and co-conspirators included Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Shirley Clarke, Robert Frank, and Marie Menken.
Independent, artist-made, noncommercial, avant-garde, underground, experimental (whatever you want to call it) film would not be the same without the sure hand of Jonas Mekas, 16mm midwife.
Works in this screening (Mekas's synopses)...
(1966, 4 min)
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.
Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol
(1982, 35 min) 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. Patricks Cathedral.
The film is made up of my film diaries related to Andy Warhol from the years 196582. Locations are New York and Montauk: The Factory, house of George Maciunas, village gate, psychiatrists 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, DAllessandro, Caroline Kennedy, Mick Jagger, Jade Jagger and many others.
Completed in June, 1990.
Notes on the Circus
(1966, 12 min)
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 Kweskins Jug Band prepared the soundtrack. Film can also be watched with soundtrack turned off (if youre a purist, which Im not).
Happy Birthday to John
(1996, 24 min). [On] October 9, 1972, an exhibition of John Lennon/Yoko Onos art, designed by the Father of Fluxus movement, George Maciunas, opened at the Syracuse Museum of Art (curated by David Ross, presently director of the Whitney Museum). Same day an unusual group of Johns and Yokos friends, including Ringo, Allen Ginsberg and many others gathered to celebrate Johns birthday. This film is a visual and audio record of that event.
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