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Jon Jost--film retrospective // Exo Bar

Exo Bar is excited to present two feature films by legendary maverick American independent filmmaker Jon Jost on January 12th from 6:00pm to 11:00pm with the filmmaker in person for a Q&A! 

Free entrance, mighty spirits and the most deliriously yummy food.

Jon Jost in his own words: 'Been making films for 50+ years. Travel a lot. Live a lot. Write. Do photography. Paint. Workaholic.'

Jost was the first recipient of the "John Casavettes Lifetime Achievement Award" at the 1991 Spirit Awards and Michael Haneke has acknowledged him as one of his influences (along with Bresson, Tarkovsky, Kiarostami and Antonioni).

Born in Chicago in 1943, of a military family, Jost grew up in Georgia, Kansas, Japan, Italy, Germany, and, Virginia. Expelled from college in 1963, he began making 16mm films. He is self-taught. In 1965 Jost was imprisoned by US Federal authorities for 2 years for refusal to cooperate with the Selective Service System. On release, he quickly became engaged in political activities, helping start the Chicago branch of what became NEWSREEL, the New Left film production and distribution group. Jost made his first feature-length film in 1974, and has since devoted to the making of a wide-ranging series of films largely focused on specifically American topics, in form ranging from essays, to essay-fictions, to avant-garde and new narrative forms.

He's made 40+ feature length works and more than thirty short films (all of which he has conceieved, written, photographed, directed and edited), several installations, along with painting and writing. Since 1996 he has worked almost exclusively in digital video.

Two of his most widely known films are All the Vermeers in New York (1990) and The Bed You Sleep In (1993). His 1977 feature, Last Chants for a Slow Dance is listed in the book 1001 Films You Must See Before You Die.

While his films were screened regularly in major festivals (a darling of the Sundance and Rotterdam festivals in the 1990's) and small ones too, they fail almost all criteria for the present day 'market economy' value system and are more or less not shown outside the festival circuit despite retrospectives at MOMA NYC, the Vienna Biennale, Harvard Film Archive, Film Arts Foundation, UCLA Film Archive.

An inveterate traveler, Jon has lived since 1962 in Chicago, San Francisco, Ben Lomond, Los Angeles, Leucadia (Ca.); Cottage Grove (OR), Kalispell, Butte (MT), Berlin, London, Lisbon, Frankfurt, Paris, Rome, New York City, Portland, and Lincoln NE, Seoul, S Korea. He presently lives on the road in the USA and Europe.

Earlier Event: January 6
June West // Exo Bar
Later Event: January 13
Freddy Parish // Exo Bar