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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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