Friday, December 9 at 8:15pm | Focusing on 1977, PARADISE NOT YET LOST serves as a memory box for Mekas’s young daughter Oona. Of the work, Mekas wrote, “It is a letter to Oona; to serve her, some day, as a distant reminder of how the world around her looked during the third year of her life - a period of which there will be only tiny fragments left in her memory - and to provide her with a romantic’s guide to the essential values of life - in a world of artificiality, commercialism, and bodily and spiritual poison.” Assembled in six sections, the film follows Mekas and his family during daily life in New York, and trips together to Sweden, Austria, and Italy.

Jonas Mekas 100!This December, we're celebrating the life and work of Jonas Mekas (1922 - 2019), one of the most influential voices in cinema, and considered by many to be the "godfather of avant-garde cinema." Though his oeuvre spanned seven decades and includes dozens of titles, the eight programs in our Mekas 100 presentation exemplify the heart of what Mekas distinctively captures so often: daily life. View full program here

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This series is made possible by, and presented with generous support from, the Consulate General of Lithuania in Chicago and the Lithuanian Culture Institute.

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