Jonas Mekas, who is widely considered one of the most important figures in the history of experimental film, has died at 96, according to the Anthology Film Archives, a theater in New York devoted to art cinema that was founded by Mekas in 1970. A cause of death was not immediately provided.
“Jonas passed away quietly and peacefully early this morning,” Anthology Film Archives wrote on Instagram. “He was at home with family. He will be greatly missed but his light shines on.”
Mekas has been the subject of numerous retrospectives and the recipient of a variety of awards, including the Venice Film Festival’s Grand Prix, which he won in 1964 for his film The Brig. His work was included in the 2002 and 2017 editions of Documenta in Kassel, Germany, and in the 2003 and 2005 editions of the Venice Biennale.
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