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Tony Conrad’s Death: Jonas Mekas Shares Touching Eulogy For The ‘Inspiring’ Filmmaker & Artist

Tony Conrad's Death: Jonas Mekas Shares Touching Eulogy For The 'Inspiring' Filmmaker & Artist

Tony Conrad’s April 9 death shook the avant-garde film community, as well as the artistic world at large. Tributes have flooded Twitter, from early collaborator and friend John Cale to Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo.

READ MORE: Tony Conrad, Influential Experimental Filmmaker, Dies at 76

Jonas Mekas, the influential Lithuanian-American filmmaker often referred to as “the godfather of American avant-garde cinema,” remembered the life of his peer and shared his thoughts with Indiewire. Read his unedited tribute below, and share your favorite Conrad works in the comments.

Tony Conrad…He was always there, silent, smiling. Few words. When you said something to him, he answered with a chuckle and smile, seldom any word, or just a nod. Doing, performing, contributing, inspiring, co-working, never taking credit, as if he wasn’t even there or did nothing… FLAMING CREATURES, it wouldn’t even had taken off, if not for the sound track he did for it. THE FLICKER — a monumental work, he seldom even mentioned it, like it was somebody else who made it…Velvet Underground… Would it have happened without him? He never took any credit for it… Like Angus MacLise, the other invisible, his friend: he remained silent, invisible key co-worker behind so much that happened in the early Sixties and changed music, cinema, and us all.

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