What is Film? Program 29
Programm 29. Jonas Mekas
Scenes From the Life of Andy Warhol (1963–90) 16mm, 36 min, engl.
This extraordinary diary by avant-garde film legend Jonas Mekas chronicles Warhol's everyday life and work, and the social and cultural milieu that swirled around him. The film includes footage from the first public performance of the Velvet Underground at Delmonico's Hotel on January 13, 1966. Tracing an arc that veers from frenetic to reflective, the film opens with a segment taped at the Dom with Nico, and concludes with the Mass for Warhol at St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1990.
Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1971) 16mm, 81 min, engl.
The movie revolves around Mekas' trip back to Semeniškiai, the village of his birth. In 2006, the film was selected to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, for its "cultural, aesthetic, or historical significance".