Jonas Mekas RIP

By Balthazar

Jonas Mekas has died, aged 96. He was the Louis B. Mayer of the American avant-garde film for more than half a century. A filmmaker in his own right, he co-founded the influential film magazine Film Culture in 1954 and the Anthology Film Archives in 1964, one of the world's largest and most important repositories of avant-garde film. He also helped launch the careers of Jack Smith (Flaming Creatures) and experimental animator Harry Smith (Heaven and Earth Magic).