(28/06/07) – The link takes to an interview with Jonas Mekas for the programme Screening Rooms in October 1981. He discusses his own work as well as films by other filmmakers, including Bruce Bailie, Maya Deren and Joseph Cornell. Mekas – filmmaker, film critic, archivist, poet, lecturer and curator – is one of the leading figures of American avant-garde film and video. Born in Lithuania, he immigrated to New York in 1949 after spending time in Nazi forced labor camps and displaced persons camps. In addition to his many narrative and diary films that have screened extensively at festivals and museums around the world, he has worked as editor-in-chief of Film Culture, movie critic for the Village Voice and co-founder of Anthology Film Archives, one of the world’s largest and most important repositories of avant-garde films.