NYC PREMIERE Jonas Mekas, godfather of avant-garde cinema, emigrated to New York in 1949 and over the next 70 years drove the rise of the independent film scene. Filmmaker KD Davison allows Mekas (who died in 2019) to tell much of his own story, as he creates his celebrated diary films and searches for those elusive “fragments of paradise” that cinema can uniquely provide. Mekas championed exhibition and pioneered distribution and preservation institutions. Along the way, he inspired countless artists, among them Martin Scorsese, Andy Warhol, John Lennon and Jim Jarmusch. – Jaie Laplante

The first screening will be followed by a Q&A with KD Davison, Oona Mekas, and Hollis Melton. 

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Closed Captioning for in-person screenings at IFC Center and Cinepolis Chelsea

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Director: KD Davison
Executive Producer: George Kunhardt, Peter Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt, Oona Mekas, Sebastian Mekas
Producer: Leanne Cherundolo, K.D. Davison, Elyse Frenchman
Cinematographer: Bill Kirstein
Editor: Michael Levine
Language: English, Lithuanian
Country: United States of America
Year: 2022
Publicist: George Kunhardt, Kunhardt Films,
Sales Agent: Cinetic Media