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Jonas Mekas (1922 – 2019)

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In 2005 3:AM interviewed the godfather of American avant-garde filmmaking:

“When I came to the United States I had to go to Chicago. That was my destination. But then we came by boat with my brother and we landed in New York. And right there, on pier 21 or whatever, we looked at Manhattan and we said, “We are in Manhattan, we are in New York. Wouldn’t it be stupid to go to Chicago?” We stayed in New York, and never went to Chicago. Of course, had we gone to Chicago we would have been very good bakers!”

Read the interview here.

(As an aside, Carter was the cover name for Richard Marshall at the time!)

Watch his film of the Velvets’ first appearance.

First posted: Tuesday, January 29th, 2019.

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