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I'm looking for a copy of "as I was moving ahead..." as a birthday present, but I'm not having any luck with imdb or amazon. Am I wasting my time, was this film ever distributed commercially?? Thanks for any/all help.

jeepers (jeepers), Wednesday, 7 December 2005 06:49 (seventeen years ago) link

I figure if anyone was selling it, Anthology Film Archives (where JM is prez) would be, but their site gives no clue.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 7 December 2005 14:49 (seventeen years ago) link

five years pass...

next year!

ok (Tape Store), Monday, 13 December 2010 00:50 (twelve years ago) link

What's next year? A friend of mine from college works at AFA with Mekas who I've been really fortunate to meet a couple times.

˙❤‿❤˙˙❤‿❤˙ (ENBB), Monday, 13 December 2010 02:28 (twelve years ago) link

Who is your friend?

C0L1N B..., Monday, 13 December 2010 04:20 (twelve years ago) link

errr his initials are AL

˙❤‿❤˙˙❤‿❤˙ (ENBB), Monday, 13 December 2010 04:30 (twelve years ago) link

Sorry if that's weird - just felt weird writing his name. Why do you ask?

˙❤‿❤˙˙❤‿❤˙ (ENBB), Monday, 13 December 2010 04:32 (twelve years ago) link

Ha, no -- I felt weird asking. I do film stuff in NY and am friendly with Anthology people. If I'm thinking of the right person, I like his films!

C0L1N B..., Monday, 13 December 2010 04:40 (twelve years ago) link


˙❤‿❤˙˙❤‿❤˙ (ENBB), Monday, 13 December 2010 04:41 (twelve years ago) link

Sorry, As I Was Moving Ahead... is out on DVD in 2011.

ok (Tape Store), Monday, 13 December 2010 04:44 (twelve years ago) link

ahhh TS - yeah, I figured that out after I posted - and Colin I assume that's who you mean and yes, he's really talented!

˙❤‿❤˙˙❤‿❤˙ (ENBB), Monday, 13 December 2010 04:44 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah! It seems like he does a lot of great stuff here. He's a big presence.

C0L1N B..., Monday, 13 December 2010 04:46 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah that's what I've sort of gathered. TBH I haven't seen him in a long time at this point but we were really close in college for a while and for some years after that. I'll look him up every once in a while and it seems like he's doing some really interesting/great stuff. This thread actually prompted me to email him earlier tonight. Thanks thread. :D

˙❤‿❤˙˙❤‿❤˙ (ENBB), Monday, 13 December 2010 04:48 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

season at the bfi...worth a watch? Diarism is so common I don't know if there is anything to see.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 December 2012 12:29 (ten years ago) link

i was really sad to miss a rece screening of journey to lithuania, here; i'm pretty scrappy w/the rest of mekas & don't know if you have to go see all of moving ahead asap or what, but i'd go at least check some out!

spottieottiespanakopita (schlump), Monday, 3 December 2012 17:18 (ten years ago) link


am0n, Monday, 3 December 2012 17:38 (ten years ago) link

i would prefer the purity of 'rec' it just seemed complicated at the time

spottieottiespanakopita (schlump), Monday, 3 December 2012 17:39 (ten years ago) link

Mekas is all in this happening:

dow, Wednesday, 12 December 2012 01:48 (ten years ago) link

two years pass...

inspirational much?

scott seward, Friday, 16 October 2015 15:26 (seven years ago) link

three years pass...

It’s with enormous sadness and a great sense of loss that we share the news of the passing of Anthology’s founder, Jonas Mekas. He died peacefully at home, with family at his side.

— Anthology Film Archives (@AnthologyFilm) January 23, 2019

flappy bird, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 19:31 (four years ago) link

It’s with enormous sadness and a great sense of loss that we share the news of the passing of Anthology’s founder, Jonas Mekas. He died peacefully at home, with family at his side.

Jonas was the guiding force here at Anthology from its founding through to the present day, and even as he reached the age of 96 the idea that he might not be here in person to continue to inspire us has been inconceivable. But Jonas was nothing if not forward thinking, large spirited, and devoted in every fiber of his being to celebrating what is most vibrant in life and culture. His work as a filmmaker, artist, writer, and archivist (among many other roles) was animated precisely by a powerful, paradoxical balance between a preoccupation with the past and an inexhaustible openness to new ideas, forms, and experiences. What better model for confronting the fact of his passing, for balancing sorrow at his death with a celebration of the vitality of his legacy? His absence will be difficult to accept, but his spirit will continue to suffuse Anthology, New York City, and avant-garde culture around the world.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 23 January 2019 19:55 (four years ago) link

I literally walked past Anthology yesterday afternoon, grossed out by the ugly newer glass bldgs now dotting 2nd Ave. I'm not lying when I say I had the urge to take a photo of AFA (for posterity? who knows? ) , but didn't.
It was shocking and sad to find out today that Jonas Mekas had passed. Great man. Too much to thank him for.

So, This Leaked (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 24 January 2019 01:18 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty played here about 15 years ago--I think it was just a one-off, not part of a series. Mekas was there to introduce it and take questions afterward. After that finished, I went up to him and asked about the soundtrack. (The Lightbox was still the Cinematheque then, so it was a lot easier to do something like that; everyone who speaks at the Lightbox has an entourage these days.) There's a great bit where his daughter walks for the first time with the VU's "Run Run Run" playing, but I was asking about the score, which was drony, Henry Flynt-type stuff. I don't remember who it was--maybe Tony Conrad, maybe Flynt himself--but Mekas said that if I followed up with a letter, he'd send me a tape. I'm pretty sure I did follow up, but nothing ever came. He sounded very sincere about sending something, so I'm inclined to think the letter never found him.

clemenza, Saturday, 16 February 2019 17:02 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

Really great piece.

Jonas Mekas is often remembered as a moral witness to the Holocaust. The truth is much more complicated. Michael Casper considers how a new show about the filmmaker at the Jewish Museum forgoes real reckoning in favor of a palatable story.

— Jewish Currents (@JewishCurrents) April 21, 2022

xyzzzz__, Monday, 16 May 2022 20:20 (ten months ago) link

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