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Still from KD Davison’s Fragments of Paradise (2022) courtesy KD Davison

Fragments of Paradise

Summer of 16mm: Celebrating 100 Years of Film

  • Sunday, July 30, 2023
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Films
  • In-person
  • Registration Required

Post-screening discussion with KD Davison in person 

Fragments of Paradise is an intimate look at the life and work of filmmaker Jonas Mekas (1922-2019). Mekas was a pioneer in the genres of diary and essay film, as well as an influential critic, film programmer, and organizer. He was instrumental in the emergence of a diverse avant-garde cinema scene in post-war America. Mekas also stressed the crucial role that his experience in World War II and status as a displaced person after the War played in shaping his artistic vision.

This film shows Mekas to the viewer through thousands of hours of his own video and film diaries—including never-before-seen tapes and unpublished audio recordings—as well as interviews with filmmakers he influenced and members of his family. (KD Davison, 2022, DCP, 98 minutes)