Less than a month ago, Jonas Mekas, the godfather of American avant-garde cinema as well as one of our most beloved cinematic heroes, passed away. When considering the legacy of diary filmmaking and the “homemade movie”, our minds (and hearts!) have always instinctively identified him as the leading figure of the practice. At once poet, artist and filmmaker, his cinema stands out for its unique ability to meditate on the everyday.
Shot in a quasi-documentary lens, Mekas’ vast body of work excels at capturing events and characters by adopting the most personal of touches; in every brief moment and with each new encounter, his eye was masterful at conveying fond curiosity and sheer instinct while framing the world.
As we pay homage to his eclectic contribution to cinema and beyond, MUBI is proud to present 9 of his most personal films: profoundly diverse in their own chosen settings and intimate happenings, they all cohesively belong to a cinematic journey that still feels significantly alive and timeless.