JONAS MEKAS: HARE KRISHNA, video, 5min.,3sec.

Jonas Mekas: Hare Krishna
5 min. 3 sec.

This was filmed on November 5, 1966 in New York City. It is with Srila Prabhupada, Barbara Rubin, Phil Corner, and many others. Sound: Chanting by the participants and Allen Ginsberg

Jonas Mekas‘ 1966 four-minute short documentary film featuring a kaleidoscope of images, anchored, to some degree, by Allen and Peter chanting Hare Krishna, is the next (seventh) in our series of Annotated Streaming Videos. Here’s Mekas’ note from the catalog of the Film-Makers’ Cooperative: “A “documentary” – one Sunday afternoon in New York – beautiful new generation – dancing in the streets of New York – singing “Hare Hare” – filling the streets and the air with love – in the very beginning of the New Age – Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky (on soundtrack) singing “Hare Hare”. Mekas incorporated this footage into his diary film, Walden, three years later – “Filmed 1964-68. Edited in 1968-69. Since 1950, I have been keeping a film diary. I have been walking around with my Bolex and reacting to the immediate reality: situations, friends, New York, seasons of the year…Walden contains materials from the years 1965-69 strung together in chronological order.

– The Allen Ginsberg Project, http://allenginsberg.org/2011/06/jonas-mekas-hare-krishna-asv-7/#!/archive/document

STAN BRAKHAGE :: CAT’S CRADLE, 1959, 6.5 min.

Stan Brakhage created Cat’s Cradle in 1959. The 19th film by Brakhage is a montage of two couples, a cat, and the inside of a house.  The four people that were documented in Cat’s Cradle are Brakhage’s friends James Tenney, Carolee Schneemann, his ex-wife Jane, and Brakhage himself.  Continue reading STAN BRAKHAGE :: CAT’S CRADLE, 1959, 6.5 min.

Carolee Schneemann :: Fuses (1967) film/video, 22 min.

goodeve-09-64_67-fuses010Artist Carolee Schneeman began work on her film Fuses in 1964, eventually finishing it 1967. Her performance piece, Meat Joy had been performed in Paris and NYC at the Judson Church the same year, along with her constructions Native Beauties (1962–64), Music Box Music (1964), Pharaoh’s Daughter (1966) and Her Letter to Lou Andreas Salome (1965). Continue reading Carolee Schneemann :: Fuses (1967) film/video, 22 min.