Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol: Friendships and Intersections by Jonas Mekas

With this short on Andy Warhol, Jonas Mekas delivers the portrait of a great artist and chronicles the social excitement that swirled around him. The film features a cast of counter culture icons—Alain Ginsberg, John Lennon, Caroline Kennedy—while throbbing to a hypnotic Velvet Underground beat.

About The Author

Jonas Mekas, born December 24, 1922, Semeniskiai, Birzai, Lithuania, is a director, cinematographer, editor, writer, actor, poet, artist and publicist. More than 60 years of tireless work in film, arts and media has earned him the epithet “The Godfather of American Avant-Garde Cinema”. In 1944 Jonas Mekas left Lithuania, with his brother Adolfas, because of the war. By the end of 1949 the Mekas brothers emigrated to the U.S., settling in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. Two weeks after his arrival, he borrowed the money to buy his first Bolex 16mm camera and began to record brief moments of his life. Soon he got deeply involved in the American Avant-Garde film movement. In 1954, together with his brother, he started Film Culture magazine, which soon became the most important film publication in the US. In 1958 Jonas Mekas began his legendary Movie Journal column in the Village Voice. In 1962 he founded the Film-Makers’ Cooperative, and in 1964 the Film-Makers’ Cinematheque, which eventually grew into Anthology Film Archives, one of the world’s largest and most important repositories of avant-garde cinema, and a screening venue. Jonas Mekas film “The Brig” was awarded the Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1963.


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