--> 17th Chicago Underground Film Festival

8:15pm Theater One
Friday, June 25
Repeats Thursday July 1 6pm

Chuck Workman, 90 min, video, USA, 2010

VISIONARIES simultaneously acts as a comprehensive primer about the birth of the American avant-garde cinema and a loving portrait of its tireless ringmaster, Jonas Mekas. 1960s New York City was the epicenter of an experimental film scene, populated by names now famous and forgotten. Mekas, recipient of CUFF‘s 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award, championed them all. The theater he started, Anthology Film Archives, has become known as the temple of cinema, responsible for the rescue of thousands of films. Workman, known for his stirring commemorative Oscar montages, narrates the story of Mekas’ career through anecdotes told by fans, friends, and the filmmakers themselves. The engaging story captures the excitement of a close-knit and vibrant artistic community that laid the groundwork for experimental cinema as we know it. (Christy LeMaster)

Jonas Mekas, director Chuck Workman, and critic Fred Camper will be present for audience discussion at the Friday screening.