Jonas Mekas: I think I need to make an introduction to this conversation. We are here on the roof of a building at 32 Second Avenue. Formerly a courthouse, now it is Anthology Film Archives headquarters. The occasion for this conversation is our need to construct adjacent to this buildingin a space that is twelve feet by one hundred feeta library for our paper materials, of which we have a lot.
There is Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty, Joan and John Cusack, Julia and Eric Roberts (who got his sis into show business in the first place). Now theres Maggie and Jake Gyllenhall (pronounced Jill-enhall), ages 24 and 21, the newest brother/sister combo to hit town.
I dont have one of those fathers who dispenses pellets of wisdom like Pez, but he does have one choice saying: "Theres no shame in any job, so long as you do it well."
The mainland Chinese director Jia Zhangkes third film, Unknown Pleasures, has found an American distributor. This piece of news is, in its way, good news. Jia is arguably the most talented member of the group of directors known as the Sixth Generation.