365 brief glimpses
This great new Jonas Mekas project has begun:
A web project of 365 short films will be launched beginning January 1, 2007. Mekas will release the films, one for each day of the year, through www.jonasmekas.com. Inspired by a poet writing a poem each day of the year for his lover, he will create a similarly poetic statement through these deeply personal films, reflecting on his life and sentiments of both past and present. Working from his vast video archive of footage, these films aim to “celebrate the small forms of cinema, the lyrical form, the poem, the watercolor, etude, sketch, portrait, arabesque, and bagatelle, and little 8mm songs.”I missed the videos from the first five days because I completely forgot about this, despite having bookmarked his site ever since this project was announced. The video for the day is free to download for around a day (although, as I type this, you can download the clips for Day 6 and Day 7 for free), so I'll be making it a habit to go there everyday. And if these two videos that I've seen so far are anything to go by, then we're in for a special treat. Every day!