Jonas Mekas and the Battle for Film Art
By the time he’d made this incendiary statement, Jonas Mekas was a well-known poet, an established New York filmmaker, curator and creator of an American film culture of the avant-garde. He was an archivist, critic, programmer, distributor and general champion of film as art. His many accomplishments included the founding of Film Culture Magazine, the New York Film-Makers Cooperative and Anthology Film Archives. He coined the term “New American Cinema” to describe the American avant-garde of the 1950s and ’60s, and each appearance of his “Movie Journal” column in the Village Voice was eagerly anticipated by filmmakers, artists, critics and general readers alike. Keep Reading
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