Conversations with Filmmakers


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By Jonas Mekas

Pioneer avant-garde filmmaker, poet and artist Jonas Mekas (born 1922) was the barometer of the New York art scene in the 1960s and ‘70s. His interviews with Andy Warhol, Stan Brakhage, Susan Sontag, John Cassavetes, Carolee Schneemann, Yvonne Rainer, Claes Oldenburg, Kenneth Anger, and Michael Snow, among many other avant-garde artists and filmmakers, filled his weekly “Move Journal” column in the Village Voice between 1958 and 1977. These conversations are gathered together for the first time in this substantial publication.

Originally recorded by Mekas using film cameras, still cameras and tape recordings, 60 conversations have been transcribed. Peppered with photos and stills from his films, each interview is a record of the artistic vision of the late 20th century and also a wonderful scrapbook and visual document of these noted artists.

Letters and extracts from related scripts and an index supplement the texts.

Featured interviews include Jerome Hill, Vittorio De Seta, Gregory Markopoulos, Storm De Hirsch, George and Mike Kuchar, Mike Getz, Andy Warhol, Nico Papatakis, Taylor Mead, Claes Oldenburg, Shirley Clarke, Albert and David Maysles, Tony Conrad, Peter Kubelka, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ken Jacobs, Louis Brigante, Susan Sontag, John Cassavetes, Michael Snow, Kenneth Anger, Anna Karina, Hollis Frampton, Agnes Varda, Harry Smith, Yvonne Rainer and Carolee Schneemann.

Designed by Fabian Bremer and Pascal Storz (Bremer & Storz)

Published by Spector Books, 2018

Hardcover, 260 pages, 100 b&w images, 6.25 × 8.25 inches

ISBN: 978-3-95905-080-7

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