Director: Marie Menken

USA, experimental, 1966, 7 min

The creating of “Lights” took Marie Menken three years. This film is an unconventional hymn to the never-ending lights of New York City. Lights of the night, Christmas, shop windows, churches and seen during Park Avenue promenades. It’s a refreshingly filmed rhapsody on light play, astonishing in the filmmaker’s perceptiveness.

About the director:

Marie Menken (real name Menkevičiūtė, 1909–1970) was an American experimental filmmaker and artist born into New York to a family of Lithuanian immigrants. Often called "the mother of avant-garde", the artist worked with the likes of Andy Warhol, Jonas Mekas and Gerard Malanga. Creating art both in life and in her creations, M. Menken started out as painter and collage artist, but after discovering the art of cinema, she created about two dozen graceful experimental short films, exceptional in their rhythmical construction, colour and light play. They could easily be called exceptional visual poetry.

Section: Special Screenings: Avantgarde women programme curated by Jonas Mekas

Dir. of Photography: Marie Menken