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Joseph Losey and Adolfus Mekas : The First NY Film Festival

Year: 1963, 28 mins
Code: CAT-Mek

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Produced at the time of the First NY Film Festival , this program brings together film directors Joseph Losey and Adolfus Mekas and Festival organizers Richard Roud and Amos Vogel to discuss the launching of what soon became one of the most important film festivals in the world.

The program includes excerpts from the films "The Servant" (Losey) and "Hallelujah the Hills" (Mekas), both of which were screened at the Festival. Themes discussed on this program include: the importance of establishing an international film festival in New York City, Harold Pinter's script for "The Servant", marketing films through the Festival, and the freedom and risks in independent film production.

Joseph Walton Losey III was an American theatre and film director. Born in Wisconsin, he studied in Germany with Bertolt Brecht and then returned to the United States. Blacklisted by Hollywood in the 1950s, he moved to Europe where he made the remainder of his films, mostly in the United Kingdom. Adolfas Mekas was a Lithuanian-born American filmmaker, writer, director, editor, actor and educator. With his brother Jonas Mekas, he founded the magazine Film Culture, as well as the Film-Makers' Cooperative and was associated with George Maciunas and the Fluxus art movement at its beginning. He made several short films, culminating in the feature Hallelujah the Hills in 1963, which was played at the Cannes Film Festival of that year and is now considered a classic of American film. Richard Stanley Roud was an American writer on film and co-founder, with Amos Vogel, of the New York Film Festival. At the NFF, he was a former program director, and latterly director, from 1963 to 1987. Amos Vogel was a New York City cineaste and curator.

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