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George: The Story of George Maciunas and Fluxus

Associate produced by Jonas Mekas, this portrait of artist George Maciunas traces the history of the Fluxus movement through rare footage, recreation of happenings and interviews with key figures.

This film contains sequences of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

Dir-Prod-Scr Jeffrey Perkins
With George Maciunas, Jonas Mekas, Yoko Ono
USA
2018
120min
Sales David Koh
With partial English subtitles (some scenes are not in the English language)

An epic journey with many angles and perspectives, the film starts in Lithuania before moving to New York, where émigré Maciunas became an exceptional artist with roots in the Soviet avant-garde and Dada. The film uncovers his complex character and distinctive practice, expounding the rebellious creativity that imitated a whole international movement of artists, composers, designers and poets in the 1960s and 70s, and whose radical legacy powerfully endures. The film’s playful editing evokes a key tenet of Fluxus, where process is more meaningful than end product. Archival and original interviews with major artists and commentators, including Mekas and Yoko Ono, create a scintillating portrait of underground New York; where radical art, drug experimentation, gender diversity and encroaching gentrification existed in tandem.

Helen de Witt


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