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Happy Birthday to John
“On October 9th, 1972, half of the music world gathered in Syracuse, N.Y., to celebrate the opening of John Lennon/Yoko Ono Fluxus show, designed by George Maciunas. Same day, a smaller group gathered in a local hotel room to celebrate John’s birthday,” Jonas Mekas says about this short that turns us into witnesses of the intimacy of some of the most important artists from the 20th century. It is worth mentioning that the last minutes of the film involve Mekas walking around Central Park, befuddled, to the Dakota building hours later the new about Lennon’s murder got out.
Jonas Mekas was born in Lithuania in 1922. In 1954, he founded Film Culture magazine alongside his brother, Adolfas Mekas. He directed such films as Walden (Diaries, Notes, and Sketches) (1969), As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000) and Outtakes from the Life of a Happy Man (2012, 28th Festival). He died in New York in 2019.