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      Fragments of Paradise

      2022 1 hr. 38 min. Documentary List
      100% 5 Reviews Tomatometer For over 70 years, Lithuanian filmmaker, Jonas Mekas, documented his life in what came to be known as his diary films. From his arrival in New York as a displaced person in 1949 to his death in 2019, he chronicled the trauma and loss of exile while pioneering institutions to support the growth of independent film in the United States. Internationally known as the “godfather” of avant-garde cinema, he inspired countless independent artists, from Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, John Lennon to John Waters and Jim Jarmusch; all drawn to his indefatigable spirit and belief in the transformative power of cinema. But internally, he struggled. The traumas of his early life and exile stayed with him. Fragments of Paradise is an intimate look at his life and work constructed from thousands of hours of his own video and film diaries—including never-before-seen tapes and unpublished audio recordings. It is a story about finding beauty amidst profound loss, and a man who tried to make sense of it all… with a camera. Read More Read Less

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      Christian Blauvelt indieWire Fragments of Paradise is a more than skin-deep overview of the late Mekas’ life, one that feels like a final message from him directly. It’s a tribute to art’s power to connect, even with those who are gone. Rated: B Sep 2, 2022 Full Review Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall It's a remarkably intimate look at both Mekas and an undervalued aspect of the cinematic landscape. Rated: 4/5 May 31, 2023 Full Review Christopher Llewellyn Reed Film Festival Today By its conclusion, even a neophyte can appreciate the skill on display, both from Mekas and Davison. Rated: 3.5/4 Nov 25, 2022 Full Review Christian Gallichio The Playlist “Fragments” really comes alive when foregrounding Mekas’ own home videos. Rated: B Sep 9, 2022 Full Review Stephen Saito Moveable Fest Honors Mekas’ adventurousness while remaining accessible for the casual viewer, no doubt inviting audiences much as the filmmaker and film advocate did to dig in a little deeper into the form he championed. Sep 2, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis For over 70 years, Lithuanian filmmaker, Jonas Mekas, documented his life in what came to be known as his diary films. From his arrival in New York as a displaced person in 1949 to his death in 2019, he chronicled the trauma and loss of exile while pioneering institutions to support the growth of independent film in the United States. Internationally known as the “godfather” of avant-garde cinema, he inspired countless independent artists, from Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, John Lennon to John Waters and Jim Jarmusch; all drawn to his indefatigable spirit and belief in the transformative power of cinema. But internally, he struggled. The traumas of his early life and exile stayed with him. Fragments of Paradise is an intimate look at his life and work constructed from thousands of hours of his own video and film diaries—including never-before-seen tapes and unpublished audio recordings. It is a story about finding beauty amidst profound loss, and a man who tried to make sense of it all… with a camera.
      Director
      KD Davison
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English