Born in Kaunas (Lithuania), 1925Lives & works in (Lithuania) Very active in: 60s, 70s
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Prior to the Second World War, Mekas and his brother Jonas Mekas had set up a theatre. Later, in a camp for displaced persons, they studied with a teacher of the Stanislavsky System.
The brothers emigrating to the United States in 1949 and studied with Hans Richter before establishing Film Culture magazine in 1955.
Mekas directed a number of films including Hallelujah The Hills and Going Home, both of which are considered landmarks of the New American Cinema movement.
In 1971 Mekas joined the newly formed film department at Bard College, which was soon dubbed the "Peoples' Film Department" under his Chairmanship. He continued to teach at Bard until retiring in May of 2004.