Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center


Director Gintaras Sodeika
Films: Guns of the Trees (1962 m.) The Brig (1964 m.) Walden (Diaries, Notes, and Sketches) (1969 m.) Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1971–72 m.) Lost, Lost, Lost (1976 m.) Zefiro Torna or Scenes from the Life of George Maciunas (1992 m.) Out-takes from the Life of a Happy Man (2012)


When I film, I do not make films. I only film, film, film, film.

Jonas Mekas created more than 160 avant-garde portraits of films, almost 5 hours long film ‘Lithuania and collapse of USSR’, cycle of films of everyday ‘365 days’, cycle of ‘1000 and One Night’.

He is one of the first in the world to develop the genre of documentary film – the diary, it can be said that he is one of the first vloggers in the world. His diaries are composed of life pieces permeated with the sensuality and subtlety of the poetry. Although it may have been incomprehensible and unacceptable to many viewers that Mekas style was made in an improvisational manner (short pieces, lots of movement, color, not linear, but jerky, like a shaking camera), his work did and still needs more, is leaded by world filmmakers. JMVMC presents excerpts from Jonas Mekas ‘most famous films and invites viewers to dive into Jonas Mekas’ uniquely revealed personal celebrations of beauty, life and joy.

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