Walden (Mekas, 1969): BFI Southbank, NFT2 2.50pm
Mark Webber, writing in the BFI Southbank introduction to the Jonas Mekas season at the cinema this month and next, says: "As an activist and filmmaker, his influence on independent cinema is huge."
Here's your chance to see what many consider to be his finest piece of work.
This is the BFI introduction: Jonas Mekas’ first long diary film, whose subtitle Diaries, Notes and
Sketches perfectly encapsulates his impulsive style of filming, records
the events of his life from 1964-69. Mekas was at the centre of New
York’s avant-garde during a crucial period when the independent film
scene intersected with the worlds of art, poetry and music. Walden
vibrates with restless energy, and to watch it is to see history unfold.
Here is an extract.