In this section I am unloading
my finished films and videos
that may be found in some other dissemination venues;
but also finished and unfinished materials
that aren't available anywhere else and which
I want to share with my friends. It will
develop and take its own course, like
brooks and rivers and avalanches do...
1980, 20 min.
1990, 58 min.
Filmed on Dec. 15, 1990. On a rainy day, I have a walk through the early Soho.
I begin my walk on 80 Wooster Street and continue towards the Williamsburg bridge,
where, 58 minutes later, still raining, my walk ends. As I walk, occasionally I talk
about what I see or I tell some totally unrelated little stories that come to my
mind as I walk.
This video was my early exercise in the one-shot video form. There are no cuts
in this video.
Peter Kubelka at the Library of Congress
1993, 111 min.
An historic event: Peter Kubelka gives a lecture at the Library of Congress.
Scenes from Allen's Last Three Days on Earth as a Spirit (April 1997)
1997, 67 min.
This is a video record of the Buddhist Wake ceremony at Allen Ginsberg's apartment.
You see Allen, now asleep forever, in his bed; some of his close friends; and the
wrapping up and removal of Allen's body from the apartment. You hear Jonas' description
of his last conversation with Allen, three days earlier. You see the final farewell at
the Buddhist temple, 118 West 22nd Street, New York City, and some of his close friends:
Patti Smith, Gregory Corso, LeRoy Jones-Baraka, Hiro Yamagata, Anne Waldman, and many others.
1999, 63 min.
Scenes from the life and work at Anthology Film Archives.
Much of the footage in this video was shot by Auguste Varkalis.
Requiem for a Manual Typewriter
2000, 19 min.
Taped on February 16, 2000, at the Poetry Project reading. All about me struggling
to type on a roll of computer paper. It's my tribute to, and celebration of the manual
typewriter, the ecstasy of typing on my Olympia Deluxe.
Letter from Greenpoint
2004, 80 min.
In February 2004, after 30 years of my life in Soho, I made a decision to leave Soho
and move to Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This video is about what it feels like to leave a place
in which I've spent more time than any other place, and which was also a place of my family
life, I am somewhere else now. It's also about beginning of letting roots grow in a new place,
new home, with new friends, new thoughts, experiences.
Notes on Utopia
2005, 55 min.
Four-part video made in 2003 and 2004. The first two parts were presented
at the Venice Biennale of 2003 as part of the Utopia Station project. An open-ended
video -- more parts may be added to it in the future -- my thoughts on the idea
of utopia. My thoughts on it change as time goes, as I am trying to figure it out
for myself, the meaning of it, the practice of it, the possibility of it, in the past,
today and in the future.
I Leave Chelsea Hotel
2009, 4 min.
Filmed in 1967 (camera: Gideon Bachmann), edited in 2009. I exit Chelsea Hotel and proceed
towards Seventh Avenue where I catch a taxi. From 1967 to 1974, Chelsea Hotel, Room 725, was my home.
Soundtrack: Leonard sings a song to my neighbor in room 726, Janis Joplin.