Indie Star Award: Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas (b. 1922) – one of the most prominent American avant-garde artists, was born in Lithuania and immigrated to the United States after WWII. He began making films stateside almost immediately after arrival by recording episodes from his own life (e.g. Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972)and As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty(2000). In 1954, Mekas began publishing the acclaimed magazine “Film Culture, “founded the Anthology Film Archives, one of the most important archives of the cinematic art in the world. In Wrocław, audiences can see his Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man (2012), in which the guru of the NY avant-garde takes a trip through 60 years of his works. It is a movie collage that mixes child’s play, thoughts scribbled on scraps of paper, the streets of New York, friends and famous American intellectuals like William Burroughs or the poet James Broughton. This private chronicle of the latter-half of the 20th century is a testimonial to the saving grace of film. Audiences can also watch a documentary on Mekas made by his friend Julius Ziz, Meanwhile, a Butterfly Flies.