Notable: Jonas Mekas (December 24, 1922 – January 23, 2019)

Jonas Mekas, filmmaker, writer, critic, founder of Anthology Film Archives and Harry Smith supporter has left the earth. Introduced to Harry Smith via Allen Ginsberg in 1960, early on Mekas championed Harry Smith’s work in the Village Voice and was part of the Anthology committee who added Smith’s works to the Essential Cinema Repertory collection thereby ensuring regular screenings since 1968. For decades Mekas supported Harry Smith financially and otherwise safeguarding his work for future generations.