Jonas Mekas was born i 1922 i Seminars i Lithuania and died in 2019 in New York City – 97 years old. He was a Lithuanian-American filmmaker, artist, poet, founder of the Anthology Film Archives in New York, and a leading figure in American avant-garde film. I first became aware of him via the Oslo Film Club, which showed his gripping and groundbreaking film The Brig in the late 1960s. Several of his films were later imported to Norway by the film club's passionate souls Tore Erlandsen and Kjell Billing. A selection of photographs from his long and unique work as well as his film Memories of a journey (1972) will be shown at the Cinematheque this weekend during Baltic Film Days.
Towards the end of World War II, Jonas and his brother Adolfas were arrested and placed in a German concentration camp in Elmshorn vest. . .