Remembering Jonas: A Tribute to Jonas Mekas - ft. Patti Smith, John Zorn, Richard Barone, Lee Ranaldo, David Amram, Glenn Mercer (The Feelies) and Special Guests! - 2/21

Remembering Jonas: A Tribute to Jonas Mekas - ft. Patti Smith, John Zorn, Richard Barone, Lee Ranaldo, David Amram, Glenn Mercer (The Feelies) and Special Guests! - 2/21

Thursday, February 21 2019 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start

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Thu Feb 21 2019

Remembering Jonas: A Tribute to Jonas Mekas - ft. Patti Smith, John Zorn, Richard Barone, Lee Ranaldo, David Amram, Glenn Mercer (The Feelies) and Special Guests! - 2/21

at City Winery New York City

Doors:
6:00pm
Starts:
8:00pm

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$50.00
Premier
$35.00
Reserved
$25.00
Bar Stool
$20.00

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City Winery NYC is proud to present a celebration of the life and work of Jonas Mekas, who passed away last month at age 96. The event will highlight the many aspects of Mekas’ remarkable life as an internationally-acclaimed creative visionary who left behind a body of work that includes film, poetry, prose, and photography, and will include screenings, readings, and musical performances.


Scheduled to perform are musicians Patti Smith, John Zorn, Richard Barone, David Amram, Lee Ranaldo, Glenn Mercer (The Feelies), Jim Jarmusch, Amy Taubin and special guests to be announced.

Jonas Mekas was a force of nature. Regarded as "the godfather of American avant-garde cinema”, his influence in art and cinema reverberates all across the globe. His joyful creative energy and fascination with life was an inspiration to all who knew him, and he will continue to inspire new generations through his writings and film legacy. On this night we celebrate Jonas’s remarkable life and work in words, music, and films.

Proceeds will go to benefit Anthology Film Archives, continuing Jonas's work in the preservation, restoration, and exhibition of independent and avant-garde cinema from around the world.


Jonas Mekas,was one of the most important and influential figures in American underground cinema. The term underground as a film genre originated in the US towards the end of the 1950s, boosted by the magazine Film Culture, of which Mekas was founder and editor-in-chief. The magazine, Mekas’s iconoclastic answer to Cahiers du Cinéma, became the mouthpiece of the American avant garde – rooted in the European avant garde but strongly connected to the Beat movement that emerged at the same time. 

 In 1958, Mekas became the first film critic of the Village Voice, spotlighting the newest and most radical film-makers in New York City. “I had to protect all the beautiful things that I saw happening in the cinema and that were either butchered or ignored by my colleague writers and by the public.”


It was during this time that Mekas’s interest in cinema bloomed. The US army showed movies, one of which, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, made the greatest impression on him. “Especially I remember liking the ending, and the desert, the sense of something crawling. Visually it was interesting. Then I saw another movie, Fred Zinnemann’s The Search, about displaced persons, made immediately after the war. I saw it with my brother and we got very angry about how little understanding of the real situation there was in this film, about what it means to be displaced. So we started writing scripts. That’s when we decided to make our own films.”Although he was a key player in American film history, Mekas’s early life in Lithuania played a significant part in his own film-making. He was born in the Lithuanian village of Semeniškiai, and in 1944, during the Nazi occupation, he and his younger brother, Adolfas, were arrested and taken to a labour camp in Elmshorn, Hamburg. They escaped eight months later, hiding on a farm near the Danish border for two months until the war ended. Thereafter, they lived in a series of displaced persons’ camps for almost four years.

To read more go to : https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jan/24/jonas-mekas-obituary



Limited edition Jonas Mekas commemorative wine bottle for sale
100% of net proceeds will go to benefit Anthology Film Archives, continuing Jonas's work in the preservation, restoration, and exhibition of independent and avant-garde cinema from around the world. Purchase Here!

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