Jonas Mekas’ 365 Day Project
Jonas Mekas. Portrait By Boris Lehman. 2007 doesn’t feel that long ago, does it? But yet so much has changed. It was a time when influencers, social media and streaming services were alive but had not taken over our lives yet. It is overwhelming to think how much our way …
2007 doesn’t feel that long ago, does it? But yet so much has changed. It was a time when influencers, social media and streaming services were alive but had not taken over our lives yet. It is overwhelming to think how much our way of living has changed in only 12 years. It was at that time, before Instagram Stories and Snapchat, that avant garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas created his 365 Day Project.
At 85, Jonas Mekas, considered the Godfather of avant garde cinema, envisioned a new project: filming one short film every day for one year. Jonas style has always been based on daily moments, that almost feel like memories, so these 365 videos are a glimpse of his life, his heart and his mind in 2007. Jonas’ films are poetic in a unique way, his way of seeing life with joy and happiness creates enjoyable short films that explore the poetic aspect of simple daily moments.
From his travels in Europe, his days at work in the Anthology Film Archives, his friends, a Madonna show, Patti Smith reading Allen Ginsberg, and an analysis of Britney Spear’s 2007 break down, Jonas’ 365 Day Project is a unique view of someone’s life before we used to post glimpses of our lives every 5 minutes in social media.
Seeing the way Jonas related to the world in such a positive way at his 85 cannot help but inspire viewers to see the little moments of life in a new and fresh way. By seeing him enjoy and appreciate these moments, his films invite you to do the same with your life, to open your eyes and heart to every moment of your life.
You can see below a selection of films from the project and you can check out the entire project at jonasmekasfilms.com