Join Cine Salon at the White River Indie Films Festival!
Sponsored by Filmmaker's Showcase, Howe Library, and WRIF Festival.

Howe Library and AVA Gallery card holders are free with your Howe Library or AVA Gallery card, BUT on a first come, first seated basis, subject to availability at the door, with no advance reserved seating.

Widely regarded as the "godfather of American avant-garde cinema," Jonas Mekas, one of cinema's most remarkable artist provocateurs, died on January 23, 2019 aged 96. The loss is immense and to fully reconcile his life’s work would involve hundreds of screenings. Instead, Ciné Salon presents an inspired electric experience with two films by Mekas and three extreme art films saved and championed by Mekas.

Ciné Salon, hosted by Bruce Posner, has been meeting at the Howe Library for over 20 years and now hopes to share with WRIF audiences a unique historic perspective to independence in cinema. Beginning in 1980, Posner has collaborated with Mekas to preserve and restore many neglected art films.

Excerpt from Walden: Diaries, Notes and Sketches (1969) by Jonas Mekas Digital. 13 mins.
“Mekas expounds much in the same way as Proust would on the passages of time and memory.”
Courtesy Re:Voir

Notes for Jerome (1978) by Jonas Mekas 16mm 45 mins.
“This elegy for Jerome Hill is dedicated to the wind of Lithuania. Filmed in 1966, 1967 and 1974.”
Courtesy Miami-Dade Public Library

Christmas on Earth (1963) by Barbara Rubin 16mm 29 mins.
"A study in genital differentiation and psychic tumult."
Dual screen projection, live soundtrack collage by Rich Fedorchak.
Courtesy Filmmakers Cooperative ADULT CONTENT

A Legend for Fountains (1957-70) by Joseph Cornell, Rudy Burckhardt, Larry Jordan 16mm 16½ mins. Music by Satie and Gliere.
Based on two different translations of Lorca’s “Tu Infancia en Menton.”

4-Screen Ballet Mécanique (1924-2000) Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy, George Antheil Digital 15 mins.
Multiple versions authored by Léger coupled with Antheil’s music scores of 1924 and 1953
Courtesy G. Schirmer Music Publisher

Jonas Mekas (b.1922-d.2019) Two months after his arrival in New York in 1949, Jonas Mekas borrowed money to buy his first Bolex camera and began to record brief moments of his life. He soon got deeply involved in the American Avant-garde film movement. In 1954, together with his brother Adolfas, he started Film Culture magazine... In 1958, he began his legendary “Movie Journal” column in the Village Voice. In 1962, he founded the Film-Makers' Cooperative, and in 1964 the Film-Makers' Cinematheque, which eventually grew into Anthology Film Archives, one of the world's largest repositories of avant-garde cinema.


Filmmakers Showcase, Howe Library, WRIF-White River Indie Films