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Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania preceded by Notes on the Circus and Time and Fortune Vietnam Newsreel

August 10 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium

Introduced by Donna Cameron

Jonas Mekas described his short Notes on the Circus as “Ringling Bros., filmed in three sessions (three-ring circus), with no postediting, five rolls strung together as they came out of a camera. Jim Kweskin’s Jug Band prepared the soundtrack.” (1966, 16mm, sound, 12 minutes)
    Time and Fortune Vietnam Newsreel is a fake interview with Lapland’s War Minister about the Vietnam War. “A few practical suggestions are given, among them a suggestion to turn the conduction of war over to the Mafia” — Jonas Mekas. (1968, 16mm, 4 minutes)
    Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania is a bold, poetic, and highly personal diary film of the Mekas brothers’ return to their home village of Semeniškiai, Lithuania, since their escape twentyseven years prior. The film was accepted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2006 for its cultural, aesthetic, and historical significance. (1971 – 1972, 16mm, 82 minutes)

image from Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania
courtesy Film-makers' Cooperative/ New American Cinema Group

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