UCLA and Los Angeles Filmforum present a special evening in tribute to Jonas Mekas, whose death in January at age 96 deprived the world of one of independent cinema’s greatest practitioners and advocates. The Lithuanian-born poet, critic, and filmmaker nurtured the burgeoning postwar avant-garde movement and founded NYC’s Anthology Film Archives. The program begins with Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a city symphony in miniature. Walden (Reel 1) is a 43-minute section of the filmmaker’s first major “diary” film shot between 1964-1968. The evening concludes with Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania, Mekas’s 1972 collage feature and conceivably his greatest achievement. The last two selections will be screened in 16mm. Oona Mekas, daughter of Jonas Mekas will join film scholar David E. James and Adam Hyman of Los Angeles Filmforum onstage for a Q&A.
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