Jonas Mekas, ‘Godfather’ of Avant-Garde, Dies at 96

The Lithuanian-born director, critic, patron and poet is widely regarded as the godfather of modern American avant-garde film and as an indispensable documenter of his adopted New York City.

  • Published 23 January 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonas Mekas ('MEEK-us) the Lithuanian-born director, critic, patron and poet widely regarded as the godfather of modern American avant-garde film and as an indispensable documenter of his adopted New York City, has died. He was 96. Mekas, who survived a Nazi labor camp and years as a refugee, died Wednesday morning at his home, said the Anthology Film Archives. Mekas was artistic director of the New York-based center for film preservation,… Read at AP News