According to the Daily News, Mekas needs to raise money for a digital transfer machine, which will run him around $200,000. And he's getting help from some musical friends, including Moby and Sonic Youth. These artists are among those who will perform at the Hiro Ballroom in NYC this Wednesday (5/19/10) for a benefit show called "Return to the Pleasure Dome," billed primarily as a 40th Anniversary event for Anthology. The concert, which is co-planned by Lola Schnabel, will also honor Kenneth Anger, whose band Technicolor Skull will be playing. Lou Reed, The Virgins and others are scheduled, as well.
Regular tickets, which weren't cheap to begin with, are unfortunately sold out, but tables are still available for $500. Expensive, sure, but for a very good cause. Just think of it as being a small price to pay for eventual access to 70,000 movies online. Plus, for the time being you get immediate membership status with Anthology, which means you'll get unlimited tickets to the cinema for the next year. Hey, are you a true cinephile or not (ps, if you get a table, don't hesitate to invite some writers from your favorite movie blog, wink wink).