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23 January 2022: Jonas + Meanwhile a Butterfly Flies


Gideon Bachmann, 1968, 31 min

“A verité portrait of Jonas Mekas making his daily rounds, Jonas shows us the underground impresario attending a peace rally, filming in Central Park, typing up notes at the Village Voice and projecting his latest rushes at the Film-Makers' Cooperative. A true New Yorker, Mekas seems to be everywhere at once, always with a Bolex camera slung over his shoulder. In detailing these routines, director Gideon Bachmann comes away with a striking time capsule of a city bent on art." – Max Goldberg

Meanwhile a Butterfly Flies
Julius Ziz, 2002, 52 min

Julius Ziz's poetic documentary is an intimate homage to his friend Jonas Mekas.

Part of our retrospective celebrating Jonas Mekas' Centennial