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Lost Lost Lost

August 11 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

Shot mostly in black and white, Lost Lost Lost is perhaps Mekas’s best-known compilation of the 16mm film reels that he shot almost daily since the age of twenty-seven. In the late sixties, he began to edit poetic long-form features from this growing archive that documented his family, friends, travels, and walks around New York City’s neighborhoods. Lost Lost Lost focuses on the Lithuanian community in Brooklyn, Manhattan’s East Village (where he wrote about cinema and mingled with filmmakers, beat writers, and musicians), and Vermont (where the rural hills recalled his lost European childhood). Ultimately the film is about resettlement and the immigrant’s experience of rebirth in America, and how the past was transformed as he pushed traditional boundaries of art and life. (1976, 16mm, 178 minutes)

courtesy Film-makers' Cooperative/ New American Cinema Group

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