6.9/10
66
2 user 9 critic

Sleepless Nights Stories (2011)

A stroll with Jonas Mekas through New York nights, through apartments, studios, backstage rooms, galleries, bars and clubs.

Director:

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Director Jonas Mekas provides an intimate glimpse of his personal life by constructing a feature length narrative from over 30 years of private home movie footage.

Director: Jonas Mekas
Stars: Jonas Mekas, Jane Brakhage, Stan Brakhage
Walden (1969)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A chronogical about life including self, family, friend, couple and idol in 6 reels

Director: Jonas Mekas
Stars: Timothy Leary, Ed Emshwiller, Franz Fuenstler
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Director: Jonas Mekas
Stars: Peter Beard, Ed Emshwiller, Ken Jacobs
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A depressed woman, Barbara, is on the verge of suicide while a man she meets in a church and a married couple try to convince her that life is worth living.

Director: Jonas Mekas
Stars: Adolfas Mekas, Frances Stillman, Ben Carruthers
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A film diary divided into three episodes. The first part reflects Jonas Mekas of his time as emigrant in 50th century New York, after leaving the home country of Lithuania. The second part ... See full summary »

Director: Jonas Mekas
Stars: Peter Kubelka, Annette Michelson, Daniel Rogosin
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: Jonas Mekas
Stars: Friedl Bondy, James Broughton, William S. Burroughs
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Mekas leads an archival avant-garde, a fast-paced parade of 160 underground film people he captured on film over four decades, described as, "160 portraits or rather appearances, sketches ... See full summary »

Director: Jonas Mekas
Stars: Chantal Akerman, Kenneth Anger, Michel Auder
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Directors: José Luis Guerín, Jonas Mekas
Stars: Jonas Mekas, José Luis Guerín, Benn Northover
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the winter of 2003, Legendary Filmmaker Jonas Mekas, moved out of his loft on Broadway, New York, where he had lived for the past 30 years. It was the place where he watched his children... See full summary »

Director: Jonas Mekas
Stars: Jonas Mekas, Benn Northover
The Brig (1964)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A ultra-realistic depiction of life in a Marine Corps brig (or jail) at a camp in Japan in 1957. Marine prisoners are awakened and put through work details for the course of a single day, ... See full summary »

Director: Jonas Mekas
Stars: Warren Finnerty, Jim Anderson, Henry Howard
In Between (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

IN BETWEEN is a great opportunity to reach an authentically insight into the pilgrimage. For those of you who have already had the wonderful experience of reaching Santiago, you can now revive the special atmosphere of being a pilgrim.

Director: Jonas Mekas
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Jonas Mekas
Stars: Jerome Hill
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Raimund Abraham ...
Himself
...
Herself
...
Herself (as Björk Guðmundsdóttir)
Thomas Boujut ...
Himself
Louise Bourgeois
Simon Bryant ...
Himself
Phong Bui ...
Himself
Pip Chodorov ...
Himself
...
Himself
Flo Jacobs
Ken Jacobs ...
Himself
...
Himself
Lefty Korine ...
Herself
...
Herself (as Rachel Korine-Simon)
Kris Kucinskas ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

A stroll with Jonas Mekas through New York nights, through apartments, studios, backstage rooms, galleries, bars and clubs.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 December 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Opowiesci z bezsennych nocy  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The father of the film diary, inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, traces some twenty-five stories from his present-day life.
24 May 2011 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Sleepless Nights Stories Director: Jonas Mekas With: Benn Northover, Louis Garrel, Marina Abramovic, Harmony Korine, Sebastian Mekas, Dalius Naujo, Carolee Schneemann, Ken Jacobs, Florence Jacobs, Louise Bourgeois, Yoko Ono, Phong Bui, Raimund Abraham, Nathlie Provosty, Rachel Korine-Simon, Lefty Korine, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Pip Chadorov, DoDo Jin Ming, Hopi Lebel, Kris Kucinskas, Thomas Boujut, Audrius Naujokaitis, Jonas Lozoraitis, Lee Stringer, Patti Smith, Diane Lewis, Simon Bryant, Adolfas Mekas, Oona Mekas, Björk Guðmundsdóttir.

USA 2011

"I can't sleep. It's 4 am. I just got back from London. It's jet lag, jet lag."

The father of the film diary, inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, traces some twenty-five stories from his present-day life with DVCam in hand and on tabletop, across time zones and at every time of the day and night.

Scenes from an abundant life, "full of suffering and of joy." Friends, a pony, a lizard. Residing above the great Greenpoint oil spill, dancing with Yoko Ono, catching a ride to Keflavik International with Björk, studying a post card from Hokkaido. People, animals, objects, familiar and unfamiliar, are and are not what they appear to be.

"The very question of what is a story, is a provocative question."

And the long evolution from 16mm Bolex to DVCam, leading to unknown places and as-yet-undiscovered media. "When there are new technologies, new ways of putting up images, something else is being revealed that we could not see before."

"Praise be to Allah!" indeed.


2 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Sleepless Nights Stories (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page