Filmmaker Jonas Mekas died at the age of 96

The director was 96 years old

According to Anthology Film Archives, Lithuanian director Jonas Mekas died on Wednesday at the age of 96. He was one of the references of North-American experimental cinema and one of the Anthology Film Archives' founders.

Jonas Mekas died yesterday at the age of 96. The director, who was in Portugal in 2009 at the invitation of the DocLisboa festival and was the subject of a film cycle at the Serralves Foundation in Porto in 2017, was born in Lithuania in 1922 but had lived in the United States since the 1940's. It was in this country he took refuge after having spent time in forced labor camps in Nazi Germany alongside his brother.

In the United States, he was one of the founders of the Film Culture magazine, as well as the Association of Filmmakers and the Anthology Film Archives, and collaborated with names like Andy Warhol, Allen Ginsberg, Yoko Ono and John Lennon, being considered one of the main promoters of the underground artistic cultural scene in New York.

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