Jonas Mekas, the veteran director, critic, patron and poet best known as the godfather of modern American avant-garde film, has died. Jonas, who was an indispensable documenter of his adopted New York City, was 96.
His death was confirmed by Anthology Film Archives, a New York-based nonprofit theater he was the director of.
The Archives shared that the filmmaker, who survived a Nazi labor camp and as a refugee for years, died on Wednesday, January 23.
It’s with enormous sadness and a great sense of loss that we share the news of the passing of Anthology’s founder, Jonas Mekas. He died peacefully at home, with family at his side. pic.twitter.com/1zpB2ZZHDd
— Anthology Film Archives (@AnthologyFilm) January 23, 2019
Shortly after the passing news of Jonas emerged, multiple stars took to social media sites to pay tribute to the late film director.
Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch took to Twitter on Wednesday to praise him. He called Jonas "one of the most inspiring artists I have ever encountered — the poets' version of the Kung Fu master."
Here's the tweet, check it out.
— Jim Jarmusch (@JimJarmusch) January 23, 2019
Film critic Richard Brody, meanwhile, tweeted, Jonas "was one of the crucial, and one of the best, film critics".
Take a look.
Jonas Mekas was one of the crucial, and one of the best, film critics—and chroniclers; Movie Journal: The Rise of a New American Cinema, 1959-1971, the recently reissued collection of his earlier writings, is essential: https://t.co/iEFkqcyGwt
— Richard Brody (@tnyfrontrow) January 23, 2019
Funeral service for the late filmmaker will be announced in the coming days. Rest in Peace Jonas Mekas!
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