1 Scott MacDonald, Interview with Jonas Mekas (1984), A Critical Cinema 2 (University of California Press, 1992), 89.
2 Jonas Mekas, I Had Nowhere to Go (New York: Black Thistle Press, 1991), 18-19. See below on challenges to the accuracy of Mekas’s recollections about this narrative
3 Mekas, I Had Nowhere to Go, 1.
4 Mekas, I Had Nowhere to Go, 118.
5 Scott MacDonald, Interview with Jonas Mekas, 89.
6 Mekas, I Had Nowhere to Go, 283.
7 Jonas Mekas, “The Diary Film,” in The Avant-Garde Film: A Reader of Theory and Criticism, ed. P. Adams Sitney (New York: Anthology Film Archives), 191.
8 Jonas Mekas, Self-Portrait (1980), http://jonasmekasfilms.com/online_materials/.
9 Jonas Mekas, Video Letter to Penny Arcade (June 25, 2001). http://jonasmekasfilms.com/40/film_html5.php?film=35
10 Jonas Mekas quoted in Paul Arthur, “Routines of Emancipation: Alternative Cinema in the Ideology and Politics of the Sixties,” in To Free the Cinema: Jonas Mekas and the New York Underground, ed. David E. James (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1992), 24.
11 Nicholas Guagnini, “This is the Rented Moment,” Texte Zur Kuntz Issue 112 (December, 2018): 156-161.
12 Kristen Alfaro, “Moving Cinema: Experimental Distribution and the Development of Anthology Film Archives,” (Master’s thesis, Concordia University, 2012). http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.633.5947&rep=rep1&type=pdf
13 Mekas, I Had Nowhere to Go, 17-18. Mekas recalls the impact of this figure, and his memories of the small Jewish community, in greater detail in his oral history interview with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Jonas Mekas, Oral history interview, interview by Ina Navazelskis (Brooklyn, NY, June 29-July 1, 2018), United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn619022.
14 Michael Casper, “I Was There,” New York Review of Books (June 7, 2018), https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/06/07/jonas-mekas-i-was-there/.
15 Casper, “I Was There.”
16 Jonas Mekas, Oral history interview.
17 Jonas Mekas, Scrapbook of the Sixties: Writings 1954-2010 (Leipzig, Germany: Spector Books, 2015), 9-10.
18 Jonas Mekas, The First 40. http://jonasmekas.com/40/
19 Jonas Mekas, Video letter to John Hanhardt, March 7, 1999. Posted to Vimeo courtesy of Light Industry, June 29, 2017. https://vimeo.com/223687308.