NOTES ON AN AMERICAN FILM DIRECTOR AT WORK: MARTIN SCORSESE

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NOTES ON AN AMERICAN FILM DIRECTOR AT WORK: MARTIN SCORSESE

Jonas Mekas
USA, 2005
Documentaries, 80min, OF

NOTES ON AN AMERICAN FILM DIRECTOR AT WORK: MARTIN SCORSESE

Jonas Mekas
USA, 2005
Documentaries, 80min, OF

Cast: 
Martin Scorsese
Ray Winstone
Martin Sheen
Joseph P. Reidy
Michael Ballhaus
Martha Pinson
Larry Kaplan
Matt Damon
Jack Nicholson
Screenplay: 
Jonas Mekas
Camera: 
Jonas Mekas
Sebastian Mekas
Editor: 
Benn Northover
Composer: 
Johann Sebastian Bach

Production: 
Jonas Mekas
World Sales: 
Re:Voir
Format: 
Video (Betacam SP)
Color

I originally met Martin Scorsese when he was still a film student at the New York University. He used to come to my film screenings. But our real friendship began when he made his first feature film, Who’s That Knocking at My Door. My brother Adolfas, Shirley Clarke and myself, we joined Marty in a two-hour radio program to plug the opening of his film. We had great time doing it. I still have the tape of it.
I was asked to make a five to ten minute film about Marty to introduce his retrospective. As it happened, Marty was shooting The Departed at that time. I asked him if I could follow him for a week or two, and he said yes. So that’s how this film happened. Sebastian, my son, joined me with a second camera. I did a brief version, and proceeded with a longer one. Since I was very busy at that time with other projects, I asked Benn Northover, a good friend, to help me with editing it – I had some 15 hours of footage – and we all had a great time working on it because we all love Marty! It’s a chamber kind of movie, a personal tribute to a friend. (Jonas Mekas)