Jonas Mekas Screening of Walden Parts I and IICharity & Social Events
Seminal artist, filmmaker and poet Jonas Mekas will appear at the Miami Design District for a reception and screening of the his diary film opus Walden Parts I and II. Since the mid-1950s, the Lithuanian-born Mekas has remained at the forefront of the American avant- garde and alternative cinema, working alongside friends like Andy Warhol, Allen Ginsberg, Kenneth Anger, and influencing subsequent generations of filmmakers and artists. Walden was Mekas’ first diary film, originally titled Diaries, Notes, and Sketches, 1969. Representative of Mekas’ oeuvre, the six-part Walden is an intensely personal record of daily life in New York City edited from a collection of images gathered by Mekas using a Bolex 16mm camera. Typically, in what became his signature, Mekas exposed several frames at a time to illuminate and record fleeting moments between the mid and late 1960s; ‘either you get it now, or you don’t get it at all,’ said Mekas. Walden was strung together in chronological order and presented with sounds he collected during the same period. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door with proceeds to Obsolete Media Miami.